April 20, 2014

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Armbruster owes gas taxes


Board denies former state senator’s appeal

Former state Sen. Jeffry Armbruster, R-North Ridgeville, owes $229,979 in unpaid motor fuel taxes from his former gas stations, which are in bankruptcy, according to a ruling from the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.

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Armbruster said Tuesday that there may be assets to cover the tax liability from Armbruster Energy Enterprises.

“I would suggest there’s the strong possibility that the tax liability will not fall on my shoulders,” said Armbruster, who served as managing partner of the company which also was owned with his wife.

Armbruster estimates it will take another year for the bankruptcy case to be concluded.

He is hopeful that collection of some $350,000 in revenue from the wholesale gasoline supplier and another $28,000 collected from a bank would provide some or all of the assets needed to pay the judgment, which includes the back taxes, additional charges, penalties and interest.

If there are insufficient assets to cover the tax liability, Armbruster said the ruling means he would be personally liable for the taxes.

Armbruster appealed a ruling that he owed the taxes from Sept. 1, 2004, through Oct. 31, 2004, arguing there was no evidence to support the ruling that he was the president of the company at the time period in question or that he had the daily job responsibilities that would make him personally liable for the assessment.

The ruling issued Sept. 14 stated that Armbruster was liable and “held himself out as the president, CEO, and managing partner of Armbruster Energy Enterprises LLC during the period at issue.”

Armbruster served eight years in the Ohio Senate before leaving office last year.

Another company owned by Armbruster, called Armbruster Energy Stores, continues to operate Armbruster Marathon in Eaton Township, he said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or cleise@chroniclet.com.