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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins Los Angeles County Pizza Parlor and its Owner from Accruing Payroll Tax Liabilities

            LOS ANGELES – A federal judge has ordered that Evnol, Inc., which operates Palisades Pizza, and the company’s owner, Christopher H. Bandt, timely file payroll tax returns and pay payroll taxes.

            In an order filed on Monday, United States District Judge Manuel L. Real entered a permanent injunction requiring Evnol and Bandt to timely file payroll tax returns and pay any payroll taxes that accrue.

            According to the civil lawsuit filed by the United States, Evnol has repeatedly failed to timely file payroll tax returns or pay payroll taxes.

            “Since the third quarter of 2007, Evnol has repeatedly failed to comply with its employment tax obligations despite repeated efforts by the IRS to bring it into compliance,” according to the government’s lawsuit. “Specifically, Evnol consistently failed to meet its obligations to make complete federal employment tax deposits and routinely failed to file timely employment and unemployment tax returns.”

            The permanent injunction entered by the Court requires the defendants to stay current on their federal employment tax obligations.

            Judge Real issued a default judgment against Evnol and Bandt, in part, because of “their refusal to participate in this litigation,” Judge Real wrote in his order.

            United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker complimented the revenue officer of IRS Field Collection for investigating and preparing the civil case. “Without the hard work of the IRS and the continued flow of tax revenue, government could not function,” said United States Attorney Decker. “Now that tax season is upon us, this case is an important reminder that everyone meet their obligations and file accurate tax returns in a timely manner.”

Topic(s): 
Tax
Press Release Number: 
16-047
Updated March 10, 2016