TOPEKA – Agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue, accompanied by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday executed tax warrants and seized the assets of Terrance J. Kinderknecht and his company, Terry’s Backyard BBQ, LLC., for non-payment of sales tax, withholding tax and liquor drink tax totaling $16,213.13.
According to a media release from the Kansas Department of Revenue, Kinderknecht operated TK’s Smokehaus & Bar at 114 E. 12th in downtown Hays. The warrants were filed in Ellis County and the assets were seized at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The restaurant had been open in downtown Hays since 2013 and in its current location since 2016. A second location in Salina was opened in December 2017 and closed in March 2018. Kinderknect said on social media in March that the Salina location was closed in order for him to focus more on his Hays restaurant.
The types of assets seized by the state included all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory, as well as personal property belonging to the owner. The business was sealed closed with a public notice posted on the outside Wednesday. All seized assets will be sold at public auction and the proceeds will pay for the delinquent taxes, according to the release.
The Kansas Department of Revenue’s policy and practice is to work with taxpayers in delinquent status to voluntarily enter into repayment agreements. It is only after these efforts and multiple failed collection attempts that the Department is forced to execute a tax warrant, utilizing such actions as bank levies, till taps, and ultimately asset seizure to ensure compliance with the law.
The Kansas Department of Revenue’s responsibility to recover delinquent taxes not only ensures fairness for individuals and business owners who do pay their taxes, but also ensures that money is lawfully collected to fund state and local programs on which Kansans depend. These programs include education, highways, public safety, and human services.
Terrance J Kinderknecht
Terry’s Backyard BBQ, LLC
Tax Warrants Executed:
- Sales Tax: 2018 –ST-000072 – Ellis County
- Sales Tax: 2018-ST-000098 – Ellis County
- Sales Tax: 2018-ST-000131 – Ellis County
- Withholding Tax: 2018-ST-000097 – Ellis County
- Liquor Drink Tax: 2018-ST-000134 – Ellis County
Tax Warrant Totals:
- Sales Tax – $15,050.86
- Withholding Tax – $1,863.00
- Liquor Drink Tax – $506.77