Warrants for nonpayment of taxes served at Junction City business

Tax warrants were served and assets were seized at Country Floral and Gift for nonpayment of retail sales taxes totaling $31,535. The Junction City business is now closed.

Agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) and officers from the Geary County Sheriff’s Department executed tax warrants and seized the assets of Country Floral and Gift — and co-owners Tamra M. Nelson and Hillary B. Shorter — on July 9 at 10 a.m. for nonpayment of retail sales taxes totaling $31,535. The warrants for the business, which is located at 624 N. Washington St. in Junction City, were filed in Geary County.

The types of assets seized include all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory and personal property belonging to the owner. The business was sealed and closed with a public notice posted on its exterior. All seized assets will be sold at a public auction, and the proceeds will pay for the delinquent taxes.

KDOR’s policy is to work with taxpayers in delinquent status to voluntarily enter into repayment agreements. It is only after these efforts and multiple failed collection attempts that the department is forced to execute a tax warrant, utilizing such actions as bank levies, till taps and asset seizure to ensure compliance with the law.

KDOR’s responsibility to recover delinquent taxes not only ensures fairness for individuals and business owners who pay their taxes, but also ensures that money is lawfully collected to fund state and local programs on which Kansans depend. These programs include education, highways, public safety and human services.

Customers, employees or others that may have items at the business may contact the agent assigned to this case at 785-296-6099.

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