Back taxes shutters CA Restaurant

Back taxes shutters Jack in the Box

Source: Mercury-Register

A state tax dispute is behind the sudden Jack in the Box closures Thursday.

A press release issued this morning indicated that owner Abe Alizadeh, president of Kobra Properties, has temporarily closed the restaurants.

Alizadeh owns 70 Jacks in northern and central California, including ones in Chico, Paradise and Oroville.

A statement issued by Jack in the Box’s corporate headquarters indicated that Alizadeh and the state were working “to resolve issues pertaining to his alleged non-payment of state taxes.

“The company is hopeful that the restaurants will re-open shortly to minimize disruption to employees and guests, as well as to the Jack in the Box brand,” the statement concluded.

According to the Board of Equalization, Alizadeh owes $4 million in delinquent state taxes.

The downtown Chico store remained shuttered this morning, with windows and doors bearing a note saying the store was temporarily closed and apologized for the inconvenience.

There was no indication when the restaurants might reopen.

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