over sales taxes
closes Margarita Music
Margarita Music was closed down last Tuesday, Nov. 5, by the Greene County
Sheriffs Department, upon order by the Ohio Department of Taxation.
The state directed the Sheriffs Department to lock the store due
to unpaid sales tax in the amount of $17,195, according to a suit filed
by the State of Ohio against the stores owner, Mike Chlanda. The
suit, which was filed in Greene County Common Pleas Court, states that
Chlanda has owed sales tax on the store since 1995. Along with interest
and court costs, the total amount Margarita Music, 108 Dayton Street,
owes is $19,858.
But according to Chlanda, the amount of sales tax that was assessed on
his store was inaccurate.
The state sales tax people and I are having a disagreement,
said Chlanda. Beginning in 1995 the sales tax assessed by the state on
Margarita Music was wildly off base, assuming an income from the store
about 20 times the accurate amount, Chlanda said.
I want to make sure I pay my fair share of tax, but not 20 or 30
times what I owe, he said.
Charles Natkins of Cleveland, a lawyer representing the Department of
Taxation, could not be reached for comment.
Chlanda said he opened Margarita Music about 12 years ago in Kings Yard
as Margaritaville. At first, he sold greeting cards and clothing along
with music, but gradually the stores focus shifted to music, especially
hard-to-find jazz and rhythm and blues LPs. The store moved to Dayton
Street in March 2000, and in recent years Chlanda has conducted much of
his business on e-Bay, running auctions on rare musical titles.
The timing of the Margarita Music closing is especially difficult for
his family, Chlanda said, since his other business, the Yellow Springs
Freeze Inc., recently closed for the winter.
Chlanda said he recently hired an attorney, but faces difficulty defending
himself since tax records he needs are locked inside the store and not
However, Chlanda said, hes working to reopen Margarita Music in
a few weeks.