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State revenue department seizes assets, equipment at Lawrence-based Keys Landscape

December 15, 2010


A Lawrence-based landscaping company has had its equipment and assets seized by the Kansas Department of Revenue for nonpayment of more than $75,000 in taxes.

Keys Landscape, 1722 E. 1500 Road, was served with tax warrants Wednesday morning by agents with the Department of Revenue. All known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory and personal property assets belonging to the owner were seized, according to a statement from the department. The business site also was sealed and closed.

An attempt to reach owner Stephen M. Keys for comment was not immediately successful.

The seized assets will be sold at a future auction, with the proceeds being used to help pay the delinquent taxes. The department lists more than $33,700 in unpaid sales taxes dating to 2006 and more than $44,700 in unpaid withholding taxes dating to 2006.

The department takes action to seize property after attempts to work out a payment plan for delinquent taxes has failed, the department said in a statement.


LogicMan 7 years, 3 months ago

A failed business, or individual, is always unfortunate, but we must all be held responsible for our debts.

Want to be stunned? Enter "Douglas" in the business and individual parts of:

sweetiepie 7 years, 3 months ago

I looked at that web site and I am STUNNED! How can people get away with owing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars? Aren't there any criminal penalties for that?

Khublai_Juan 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow, that list is huge. It's surprising to see so many familiar businesses on the list and the massive amounts of money they owe (Burrito King ~ $63,000). I'm from Baldwin and it is a little troubling to know that one of the town doctors owes more than $100K in taxes.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 3 months ago


A guy running a "seafood?" business out of a mobile home owes $103K!!!???

sherbert 7 years, 3 months ago

Very sad situation for people trying to make a business work. Yes, some of them fail, and they come out owing taxes, but so what. The sad part is that the economy and the government make it so hard to succeed. To the honest ones, gotta give them a hand for trying. Hope they can work out the taxes now.

bad_dog 7 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps you should have consulted with a CPA to "manipulate the tax laws" for you instead of a lawyer. I don't believe the size of the business has much to do with the "strictness" of tax laws. The laws are written the same way. As you note however, some businesses have the financial capacity to hire a legion of accountants and legal counsel to assist them in identifying and utilizing the loopholes and shelters available to taxpayers. That is how companies like GE, Bank of America, Citibank, etc. escape without any tax liabillity most years.

BigPrune 7 years, 3 months ago

I bet the majority of complainers are employed by the government- be it local, state or federal. Times are tough all around, in the real world.

bad_dog 7 years, 3 months ago

No, Sam. The employee is still liable for the taxes. I've seen it before.

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