PINE RIVER -- Mary Ann Brunhuber, Backus, enjoyed 15 years of work at Piney Ridge Lodge in Pine River, but now she is wondering if she will have a job to return to this season.
Brunhuber knew there were financial struggles. She worked the lodge's front desk and said she wants to get back to that spot. Thursday the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced it recently revoked the sales tax permit for Piney Ridge and Irish Hills golf course at Piney Ridge for failing to file and pay state sales tax.
Piney Ridge Lodge, bar and restaurant, owes the state more than $21,000 and Irish Hills owes the state nearly $12,000 in sales tax, penalty and interest, the state reported. The Department of Revenue stated Piney Ridge Lodge did not file the required sales tax returns for September through December. The state alleges the golf course did not file the required sales tax returns for September and October.
"Customers who pay sales tax trust and expect businesses to send it to the state on their behalf," the department reported in a news release. "It must not be used by a business as additional operating capital or for any other purpose."
If a person or company makes taxable retail sales in the state after revocation of the sales tax permit, the action is considered a felony by state law.
No one answered at Piney Ridge Lodge late Thursday or this morning. Shawn Howard, Piney Ridge Lodge general manager, did not return messages left at his home number.
The lodge was not always open year round, but typically opened in May to get ready for the summer season. Brunhuber said recent snow conditions or the lack of them have not helped.
"I just hate to see it happen," Brunhuber said.
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