D.C. tax authorities have ordered the closure of three local branches of homegrown burger chain Five Guys due to their failure to pay over half a million dollars in back taxes.
NBC4 reports that the owners of the Five Guys outposts at 1400 I Street NW, 1300 Second Street NE, and 407 L’Enfant Plaza East SW have neglected to submit $530,000 in sales taxes they charged customers but then never remitted to the Office of Tax and Revenue. According to a statement from OTR, city officials have made numerous attempts to collect the overdue funds from the offending eateries without success. Per NBC, officials warned that continued non-compliance could trigger "seizures, bank levies and additional sales tax certificate revocations."
The company, which started 30 years ago in Arlington, Virginia, and has since expanded around the globe, has long been a local favorite among burger lovers. Former President Barack Obama even stopped by a Five Guys in Southeast in 2009.