State seizes Mayfield restaurant

MAYFIELD – A popular town restaurant has been seized by state officials, with the building’s future up in the air.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance seized Pour Jim’s Family Restaurant and Tavern last week.

Cary Ziter, spokesman for the Department of Taxation and Finance, confirmed the establishment had been seized by the department July 9 due to unpaid taxes.

Ziter said the warrants against Pour Jim’s, include $6,893 for withholding tax, $400 for corporation tax and $406,019 in sales tax. In total, Pour Jim’s owes $413,313 to the state.

According to the Fulton County Clerk’s Office’s records, Pour Jim’s has had multiple cases of owing taxes, dating back to 2006, with two federal tax liens set on the business on Nov. 4, 2013, and May 14, 2013, totalling more than $38,000. The records did not show if the liens had been satisfied.

As recently as in May and June, Pour Jim’s had paid back more than $2,000 to the state Department of Labor and more than $200 to the Department of Taxation and Finance.

Ziter said as a business, Pour Jim’s was obligated to pay the sales tax it collects to the state.

“It is a public trust, if you will,” Ziter said.

Ziter said a business owner usually knows if the establishment will be seized, because of notifications made via mail and phone calls.

“In a general sense, when a business is seized, there is no surprise at hand,” Ziter said.

Ziter said the owner of the business, James Peters, could work out a payment plan.

Another option, according to the department, is to sell the building. Once assets are sold at public auction, the department will send the former owner an accounting of the sale proceeds. If the proceeds exceed the debt and the department’s expenses, the surplus will be returned to the former owner.

Supervisor Richard Argotsinger said the town was not notified of the seizure, and lamented the loss of the restaurant.

“It is a very popular spot,” Argotsinger said.

Peters could not be reached for a comment.