Jumpin' Jupiter says tax, business license issues were 'misunderstanding'

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 12:10 PM

MAPLEWOOD, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Tuesday night, in a unanimous vote, the Maplewood City Council voted to revoke the business license of Jumpin' Jupiter on Manchester Road over an unpaid sales tax bill.  A spokesman from Jumpin' Jupiter calls it all a misunderstanding.

Jumpin' Jupiter was the subject of some controversy this summer after people complained about scantily clad women, outside the business, promoting the entertainment venue. 

There was no mention of any past controversy at a revocation hearing on Tuesday.  Maplewood's city attorney told the council that the Missouri Department of Revenue sent Maplewood notice that the state revoked Jumpin' Jupiter's sales tax license in October. 

The city sent a letter to Jumpin' Jupiter's owner, James Callahan, on November 5th - notifying him of the city's business license revocation hearing.  Tuesday night, no one from Jumpin' Jupiter showed up to the hearing.

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran said the city wasn't notified of the exact amount of the unpaid tax bill, but this was the second time Jumpin' Jupiter faced the council.  This summer, the city renewed the venue's license after the business worked out a deal to pay its sales tax bill with the state. 

"It's a very rare thing.  We've had three this year which is highly unusual.  All three of them, after the hearing, paid their sales tax immediately so nobody was revoked.  This was the second time for Jumpin' Jupiter and he's going to have to pay very quickly or he's going to be out of business," said Corcoran.

After airing this story on News 4, a spokesperson from Jumpin' Jupiter called to explain the tax issues were a "misunderstanding" and they would be resolved immediately. The spokesman also acknowledged that they missed the hearing set before them. They expect to get their business license back on Wednesday.

Jumpin' Jupiter's will continue business as regular this weekend with a Toys for Tots drive.

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