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Starbuzz Tobacco Fights TTB On $3.5M Excise Tax, Levy

Law360, New York (April 2, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT) -- Starbuzz Tobacco Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to remove a levy imposed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau over $3.5 million in allegedly unpaid excise taxes, saying the misunderstanding is from a failure to report tax-exempt exports to the agency.

The TTB never gave Starbuzz a chance to explain the discrepancy before slapping a levy on the company’s assets and wiping out more than $1 million from one of its bank accounts, the complaint says. The agency also claimed that Starbuzz’...
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Case Title

Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc. v. United States of America


Case Number

8:15-cv-00505

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

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Josephine L. Staton

Date Filed

April 1, 2015

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