Unpaid sales taxes? Kiss that liquor license goodbye*
*At least until you pay up.
Each year, all the liquor licenses in the city must be renewed.
Old liquor licenses expire April 30 and new ones start May 1. But bars won't be issued a new liquor license if they owe taxes.
That's why, every year, a whole bunch of bars mysteriously close on May 1 -- they haven't paid their taxes in time.
That was the case with the Federal Hill Lounge (pictured), which now has this nifty little sign telling everybody this bar is c-l-o-s-e-d by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners.
I called liquor board spokesman Douglas Paige, who confirmed it.
"They have an outstanding sales tax due to the state of Maryland," he said.
The lounge's owners had plenty of warning, too ...
Paige said every year, they send out notices in January warning bars with back taxes about their impending closure.
Though Paige isn't sure how many bars shut down every year (some temporarily, some permanently) due to tax issues, he said this year between 250-500 bars were shuttered for not paying taxes.
Wow. That's a lot of bars.
(Photo by eCommerce Consultant)