CITY INCOME TAX ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 284 of 1964
141.664a Sale of business or stock of goods or quitting business; liability for tax; escrow by purchaser; release to purchaser of known tax liability; failure to comply with escrow requirements; liability of corporation officers.
(1) If a person liable for the tax imposed under this ordinance sells a business or the stock of goods of a business or quits a business, the person shall make a final return to the city or the department within 15 days after the date the business or stock of goods is sold or the person quits the business. The purchaser or succeeding purchasers, if any, who purchase a going or closed business or stock of goods of a going or closed business shall escrow sufficient money to cover the amount of taxes, interest, and penalties that may be due and unpaid until the former owner produces a receipt from the administrator that shows that the taxes due have been paid, or a certificate that states that taxes are not due. If the owner provides a written waiver of confidentiality, the administrator may release to a purchaser a business's known tax liability for the purposes of establishing an escrow account for the payment of taxes. If the purchaser or succeeding purchasers of a business or stock of goods of a business fail to comply with the escrow requirements of this subsection, the purchaser is personally liable for the payment of the taxes, interest, and penalties accrued and unpaid by the business of the former owner. The purchaser's or succeeding purchaser's personal liability is limited to the fair market value of the business less the amount of any proceeds applied to balances due on secured interests that are superior to any lien provided for in this ordinance.
(2) If a corporation that is liable for the tax imposed under this ordinance fails for any reason to file the required returns or to pay the tax due, any officers of the corporation that have control or supervision of, or who are charged with the responsibility for, making the returns or payments are personally liable for the failure to file or pay. The signature of any corporate officer on a return or negotiable instrument submitted in payment of a tax is prima facie evidence of the officer's responsibility for making the returns and payments. The dissolution of a corporation does not discharge an officer's liability for a prior failure of the corporation to make a return or remit a tax due. The sum due for a liability may be assessed and collected under this ordinance.
History: Add. 1996, Act 478, Eff. Jan. 1, 1997
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