According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' office, Pearl Bar owes more than $40,000 in mixed-beverage and franchise taxes, and agents confiscated some cash as part of a "limited seizure" operation at the Washington Avenue bar this past Saturday evening. A lien has also been filed against the business, a spokesman added.
The exact figures supplied to Rocks Off by R.J. DeSilva of the comptroller's office were approximately $37,000 in mixed-beverage taxes and $4,700 in franchise taxes.
"We have been in contact with the business since July 2012 about taxes the business owes," DeSilva said via e-mail Wednesday afternoon. "On Saturday, the Comptroller's office conducted a limited seizure authorized by section 111.017 of the tax code.
"Cash was taken from registers at the location and applied to the tax liability owed by the business," he added. "The location was not raided, or closed or shut down by the agency. The agency will continue to be in contact with the business on the tax liability issue."
Other records of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, whose agents also went to Pearl Saturday night, show that the bar has violated both TABC's cash and credit laws numerous times since August 2012, including a handful of suspensions.
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According to the comptroller's "Window on State Government" Web site, "The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state's finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government."