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Hays hotel seized by state for tax evasion





Kansas Department of Revenue civil tax enforcement and Alcohol Beverage Control agents, assisted by officers of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, on Monday seized the business assets of Vigneshvari LLC, doing business as Budget Host Villa Inn and Suites, 810 E. Eighth.

The business reportedly owed $85,849 in state sales and transient taxes.

According to a new release from the Kansas Department of Revenue, officers seized all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory and personal property assets belonging to owners Dimpal Patel and Vijay Patel. The hotel was sealed closed, and the assets will be sold at public auction to pay the taxes owed.

"The last thing we really try and do is shut down a business," Kansas Department of Revenue Public Information Officer Jeannine Koranda said Monday. "It's really kind of a last option after a long chain of them."

Warrant execution occurs when all other collection attempts, including multiple letters, telephone calls, letters of impending legal action, tax liens filed with the local district court to secure the debt, previous bank levies and on-site till taps are executed to bring the taxpayer into compliance have been exhausted.

Koranda said only a few times every few months is a business closed due to taxes owed. The owner still can make payment arrangements.

"At any point, if they came up with a payment plan, then the business would be allowed to remain open," Koranda said.

The owners of Budget Host Villa Inn and Suites did not return a message seeking comment.