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Unpaid Taxes to Close Jumpin' Jupiter Doors on Friday, Would Lose Business License

Owner Jim Callahan said he's worked things out with the state, and expects to remain open.

The hasn’t been paying its state sales taxes, and now has until Friday to settle with the State of Missouri or the City of Maplewood will not renew its business license on Monday, July 2.

According to Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg, Jumpin’ Jupiter owner Jim Callahan testified in a public revocation hearing, before the city council meeting Tuesday, that he owes $28,000 in sales taxes to the state.

Council member Shawn Faulkingham said July 1 is the deadline for Maplewood to hear from the state that Callahan is in good standing, but that’s a Sunday, so he has until by June 29 to settle, or on July 2 the club won’t qualify to renew its business license with the city.

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“I know things are hard, things are hard for a lot of people, and they’re still paying the state first,” council member David Cerven said. “The sales tax is what allows him to operate.”

“You can not pay your rent. You can not pay your performers. You’ve got to pay your sales taxes,” Cerven said.

After the meeting, Callahan, at Jumpin’ Jupiter, said, “Hell yeah,” when asked if he can pay the owed taxes by Friday.

“I mean, God willing,” he said. “If they loose our paperwork, or something crazy, but as far as I know it was supposed to happen yesterday.”

Callahan said he’s reorganizing every system.

“We’ve already worked things out with the state,” he said. “It’s got to come up in the system. Everything is fine.”

He said all the performers in St. Louis have been paid.

“Lola got her check. Everybody is paid off. They can’t whine," Callahan said. "We’re moving forward.”

“We’ve got to get those shows started, and when the shows start, people will come. They can’t come if there’s not a show,” Callahan said. “So they’re all kicking in and everything is starting.”

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Bart Karnowsk June 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM
This is no surprise. When your most professional you can be is to quote the Matrix, you're an idiot. I feel sorry for the people who are losing their jobs because of this moron.
William June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I specifically looked for anything on the Council meeting agenda last night related to JJ. How did this "revocation" hearing come up? Under what order of business?
Shawn Faulkingham June 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Revocation Hearings are a separate function of the Council, so it was not on the Council Agenda. The hearings started at 7pm. Affected parties were hand delivered letters from the City. The State of Missouri requires us to have these hearings when a business fails to pay Sales Tax and have not worked out an agreement to pay. If they work out an agreement with the State, then there would be no revocation.
Doug Miner June 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
William - It was a hearing before the city council meeting, so not on that agenda. I got there a few minutes before the council meeting started (7:30) and the hearing was going on. The owners of Advanced Auto and Las Palmas were there (they'll be OK- more on that). Jim Callahan, with JJ, went first and I missed him, since I didn't know about it.
Dachelle June 27, 2012 at 01:23 PM
This guy just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper in a hole. The venue was a good idea, too bad it's run by Jim Callahan.
William June 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Thanks, Doug, for the help. I've apparently got a lot to learn about how city government works! Any ideas on where to find out about hearings outside those more widely publicized? BTW, thanks so much for what you do. Like many other folks, I've become a bit jaded over the years about the role and value of mass journalism, but the whole concept of the Patch is the first viable and useful model I've seen. A very useful tool for keeping abreast of what's going on in the community! Keep up the good work!
William June 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thank you, councilman Faulkingham. Obviously this newbie has a lot to learn about how city government works! I also appreciate all that you guys do and I know that many of us are unaware of the personal sacrifices you each make on our collective behalf. Thanks for your service.
Tax Debt Expert July 01, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Sales tax is not something that a taxpayer has to pay from his pocket; this is the amount that his customers paid on top of the price. States consider sales tax liability a theft, so it is not easy at all to settle sales tax debt with a payment plan. You really need a tax professional to help with it. For more information click here: http://www.2020taxdebthelp.com/tax-resolution-state-MO.php
William July 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
So, was the license pulled?
Doug Miner July 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
@William- I've been out of town since Friday am. I'll let you know JJ's status ASAP.

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