September 30, 2014

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Spitzer sues tax consultant over returns

LORAIN — Spitzer Management Inc. has filed a lawsuit claiming that a local tax consultant did not file the auto dealer’s tax returns and has not accounted for more than $700,000.

Spitzer Management’s attorney, Anthony Giardini, said Spitzer Management began a contract with Benjamin Franklin Payroll Service, located at 405 Broadway, in January 2011 for payroll tax services. Giardini said the company received notification from the IRS that their financial consultant, Richard Zakarian, had not filed the company’s payroll tax returns.

Giardini said Spitzer Management chose Benjamin Franklin Payroll Service because the company was local and “competitive in its price.”

Giardini said the company felt that it was best to pursue action through the courts, rather than dealing with Zakarian directly.

“We decided that we weren’t going to make sure he voluntarily did the right thing,” he said.

Zakarian could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Benjamin Franklin Payroll Service is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and according to the BBB’s website, there were five complaints against the company, three of which were resolved in the last 12 months.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.