Owner Of Bankrupt Biz Can't Shirk Tax Debt, 6th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (February 4, 2014, 6:20 PM EST) -- The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday found a business owner liable for back-due excise taxes owed by his defunct company despite a bankruptcy court's previous debt discharge, saying his position as an officer of the corporation made the taxes nondischargeable.  

In a unanimous opinion, Judge Richard A. Griffin said that Michigan tax statutes applied derivative liability to Gaetano T. Rizzo as an officer of a corporation, making him personally responsible for all of its excise tax debts.

“[Michigan's tax] statute does not create any obligations running from...
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