New Round of Hacienda Stings Hits Five Businesses
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Treasury Department, also known as Hacienda, carried out the latest round of its now customary series of embargoes on business establishments on Friday, this time hitting five business that owed close to $463,000 in taxes, including 418,000 in sales and use taxes (IVU by its Spanish acronym) that were not remitted to the agency.
Treasury Secretary Juan Zaragoza said the most recent stings are but the latest of several the agency has carried out since last November. “To date, we have done 92 embargoes, and will continue encouraging business owners to fulfill their tax obligations.”
The embargoed establishments included Wilby’s Store Convenience Store, located in Cidra, which had accumulated $160,071 in IVU taxes. Also embargoed was East Air Conditioning, a repair and maintenance shop specializing in refrigeration equipment and based in Bayamón. The store owed Hacienda $86,316 in IVU tax, as well as $40,158 that correspond to the 7% remittance on employees.
Hacienda officials also went after Aromas Coffee & Crepes, a restaurant in Luquillo that owes $39,026 in IVU taxes. Finally, Bayamón Tile Center and Guaynabo Tile Center were hit by the Hacienda sting. The Bayamón store owes $68,495 in IVU tax and $1,812 on employer retentions, while the Guaynabo store owes $64,473 in IVU and $2,550 in retentions; both stores are owned by the same company.