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City of Brotherly Love wants to tap Yuengling for $6.6M in back taxes

Philly sues Yuengling

POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Philadelphia said the company that makes Yuengling beer owes the city $6.6 million in back taxes.

The city has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas, saying Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. has failed to pay business-related taxes, fees and penalties since December 2008.

Yuengling's chief operating officer, David Casinelli, told the Republican-Herald of Pottsville he believes the lawsuit has to do with a dispute the brewery has had with the city over the business privilege tax. The company sells its products in the Philadelphia area through an independent distributor.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter declined comment.

In recent months, the cash-strapped city has been cracking down on unpaid taxes in an attempt to generate more revenue.

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