Clinger’s restaurant overcharged customers
A story of mine posted Wednesday morning on The Floyd Press web site — and scheduled to appear in Thursday’s paper — details how the Pizza Inn restaurant owned by Board of Supervisor Chairman Case Clinger routinely and incorrectly overcharged customers for at least a year with sales taxes almost double the legal amount.
This became a news story because Clinger, as chairman of the county board, is a vocal critic of the county school system for its budget practices and an opponent of higher taxes for fund requests by the system and other county departments.
Clinger says he didn’t know that his computerized cash register system was overcharging customers and stopped the practice Monday immediately after learning of it. He also plans to pay the overcharged taxes directly to the Town of Floyd and will have a full and complete report on the situation once he has finished an internal review of what and how it happened.
From the Floyd Press Story:
The Pizza Inn Restaurant owned and operated by Floyd County Supervisor Chairman Case Clinger, a frequent critic of the county school system’s budgeting and spending practices and a strong anti-tax advocate, routinely and incorrectly charged customers for at least a year a sales tax that was almost double the amount required by law.
Clinger ended the practice Monday, saying he was unaware his cash registers were charging too much tax until learning about it earlier in the day. The overcharges go back at least a year and came from an improperly programmed computerized cash register system provided to the restaurant by a company that is no longer in business, he said.
“I was not aware this was happening,” he said. “It should not have happened and full restitution will be made as soon as we determine the exact amount involved.”
The restitution includes paying the extra sales tax collected to the Town of Floyd, Clinger said, adding that his initial investigation determined that Virginia did receive all the sales tax it was due during the period of overcharges.
Pizza Inn was charging customers 10.3 percent sales tax on sales but only turning over only 5.3 percent to Virginia, of which one percent comes back to Floyd County.
Read the rest on The Floyd Press web site and in Thursday’s paper.
More to follow.
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