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Castaway’s Avoided Paying Drink Tax

Castaway’s Bar in Bridgeville is one of nearly 80 bars in Allegheny County to not pay the mandatory drink tax.

Castaway’s Bar in went nearly a year without paying the mandatory 7 percent drink tax, according to Allegheny County records.

The online records, released by the county last week, show Castaway’s didn’t pay the Alcoholic Beverage Tax from July 2011 until April 2012.

The bar along Washington Avenue in Bridgeville is one of nearly 80 establishments that allegedly did not pay the tax revenue. County officials said they confirmed that each of the bars and restaurants are collecting the tax revenue but did not forward it to the treasurer.

“Each vendor was given every opportunity to pay the tax due and was notified that their name would appear on this list if the tax was not paid,” the county said in a pres release.

If the businesses still does not pay the drink tax, which was established in 2008, then Allegheny County can sue them and ultimately could liquidate the vendor’s assets and liquor licenses.

Castaway’s business owners could not be reached for comment.

Nevillewood Tavern LLC is also included on the list. However, that location has been several restaurants in recent years. The most recent establishment, Aiden’s Irish Pub, closed more than a year ago. The county reports that the property did not pay the drink tax for most months ever since July 2009.

Click here to view the entire delinquent drink tax list.

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JR September 01, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If they do not pay, they should be shut down, but what is the County waiting so long to collect the tax in the first place.
Sherry September 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The tax is BS in the first place. Just like all the others. Good thing I don't drink often.
Guest September 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I agree with JR every other bar has had to pay why they are special.

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