The owner of a Buffalo pizzeria has been sentenced for tax fraud and failing to pay sales tax. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that a 41-year-old man was sentenced in the case before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to 5 years of probation. Between December 1, 2015, and May 31, 2019, Jason W. Seefeldt of Buffalo, who is the owner of South Buffalo Pizzeria Jay’s Wiseguy’s Pizza, LLC, didn't pay $298,458.30 in sales tax to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

In addition to the sales tax non-payment, Seefeldt admitted that he underreported his income on his personal tax returns between 2016 and 2018. He failed to pay $160,242 in income tax to New York State. He was given a plea deal. Under the plea agreement, he entered a guilty plea to a felony charge related to his business. He is required to pay full restitution of $458,700.30 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance within five years. So far, he has paid $49,000 of the restitution amount.

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New York State Assembly Wants You To Pay Tax For Streaming Services

The New York State Assembly announced its version of the budget Thursday, March 16, 2023, and it wants to tax residents for streaming their entertainment. As a hard-working New Yorker, who is dealing with inflation the best I can, it's appalling that they want to tax us for the small things that make our lives a little bit more tolerable. It's already bad enough that Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services have already increased rates, cut services, and just made it harder to enjoy their products. Now, the New York State Assembly wants to add insult to injury. According to WKBW, a 4% sales tax could be added to our streaming costs. The NY State Assembly included the tax in its version of the 2023-24 state budget.

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In my opinion, adding a tax, even a 4 percent tax, to something that brings joy, entertainment, news, and information to New York families to compensate for inflation, is too much to ask. Working families are also dealing with inflation. The money working people used to make doesn't stretch as it did, now the Assembly wants to tax one of the small leisures we enjoy...READ MORE.

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