That daycare center closed in 2007, and the woman who ran it no longer attends the church — but she apparently left a mess on the church’s hands.
“She did not keep pay records and did not pay all the payroll deductions for employees,” said interim pastor Gary Roten. “Once this was discovered, the IRS came for payment from Emmanuel.”
She also mistakenly used the church’s Employer Identification Number on employee W-2 forms, the church said.
The IRS is apparently placing the blame for the unpaid taxes squarely on the church, which has shrunken from roughly 100 members in 2003 to around 20 now, the Capital-Journal reported.
The tax bill: $210,000 in payroll tax delinquencies and $115,000 in penalties.
With a meager $7,000 in the bank, it’s unclear how the church could possibly pay the debt.
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