Fortel's Pizza Den in U. City Slapped With Suit Over Unpaid Taxes

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The University City location of a popular St. Louis-area pizza chain owes the state of Missouri nearly $150,000 in tax revenue — with delinquencies on sales tax remittances and employee withholding tax going back nearly three years.

That's according to a suit filed yesterday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The suit, filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, alleges that Fortel's Pizza Den University City (7358 Forsyth Boulevard, University City) collected sales tax revenue from customers, but failed to remit it to the state as required by law.

The pizzeria now owes the state $149,389, and the Department of Revenue is asking that a judge stop the pizzeria from making any further sales until it pays up — or to appoint a receiver to "wind up its operation and sell the business."

No one answered the phone at Fortel's in University City this morning. We'll update this post if we hear back.

The suit details years of attempts to get the business to pay up. The Department of Revenue alleges that the pizzeria's sales tax license was revoked by the state in December 2014 over $19,984 in past due sales tax. (The restaurant also does not have a current business license, as city code requires, the suit alleges.) The Department of Revenue has since issued 21 tax liens against the business and three writs of garnishment, the suit alleges.

But while the company entered into a payment plan, the suit claims that three of its checks bounced. Even so, the suit notes, Fortel's Pizza Den continues to stay open for business in University City.

The suit also names the business' registered agent,  Jeffrey R. Behrmann of Fenton.

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