FRANKLIN W. LORENZ, APPELLANT, v. DIVISION OF TAXATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT.
N.Y., 87 N.Y.2d 1004, 665 N.E.2d 191, 642 N.Y.S.2d 621 (1996).
4 No. 52[1996 NY Int. 55]
March 26, 1996
Decided March 26, 1996
This memorandum is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the New York Reports.
Ralph J. Gregg, for Appellant.
Andrew D. Bing, for Respondent.
The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs.
Plaintiff conceded that he was "a person * * * required" to collect sales tax and was consequently personally liable for any such tax that was or should have been collected (Tax Law §§ 1131, 1132[a], 1133[a]). It follows that plaintiff was also subject to Tax Law § 1145, which provides that "[a]ny person failing * * * to pay or pay over any tax * * * shall be subject to a penalty * * * [and] interest" on the amount of unpaid tax. Plaintiff's contention that in this context the "person" referred to in section 1145 is the corporate entity on which the tax obligation was initially imposed is belied by the language and import of subdivision (a)(7). Under that subdivision, penalties and interest are to be "collected and enforced in the same manner as the tax." Since the obligation to pay the tax may be enforced against plaintiff personally, so too can the assessed penalties and interest.
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Order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum. Chief Judge Kaye and Judges Simons, Titone, Bellacosa, Smith, Levine and Ciparick concur.