Brenner faces new tax lien
For the fourth time in the past two years, a tax lien has been filed against a local business owned and operated by a Powell City Council member.
As of earlier this week, Prestige Music Studios Inc., owned by Sara Marie Brenner, the wife of State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), was facing a new tax lien filed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in the amount of $959.02, according to records on file with the Delaware County Recorder’s Office.
The liens are a result of unpaid workers compensation premiums for the period covering July 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011.
Under Ohio law, all employers are required to “have an active workers’ compensation policy to insure coverage for those employees against a workplace injury.”
Sara Marie Brenner is listed as the company’s CEO and president.
After being contacted by the Gazette and questioned about the unpaid premiums, Sara Marie Brenner stated in an email that she was unaware of the most recent tax lien filed against her company. She indicated the lien was likely a clerical error and asked the Gazette to provide her with additional time to sort the issue out, which she was granted.
On Friday, Sara Marie Brenner informed the Gazette through email that after speaking with Bureau of Workers’ Compensation officials that the situation “was a mix up as I’d thought originally.” She asked that the Gazette “not run an article about a mix up that is clearly now resolved.”
“Even if you include ‘my side of the story,’ it won’t be viewed that way — people will think there’s something here and that that’s why you ran with it,” she further stated in the email.“It will only lead to my experiencing further undue harassment.”
To prove her point that the lien was the result of a “mix up,” Sara Marie Brenner also attached a fax from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation that indicated that the lien “is in the process of being released.”
However, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation spokeswoman Melissa Vince informed the Gazette Friday that the release is due to a payment made on Thursday. She also said that she could not find any evidence to indicate that the lien was originally filed due to a clerical error or mix up.
Sara Marie Brenner did not return a call on Friday requesting comment, but did issue a written statement through email.
“I want to sincerely thank the Delaware Gazette for bringing this to my attention! Until they did, I wasn’t personally aware,” she said.“This former business’ BWC account is now closed as of (Dec. 31, 2011), as we had notified them of previously. With the assistance of the Gazette’s excellent staff, I was able to get the information I needed and handle the problem promptly. I hope that the paper and its staff will continue to help local businesses with their endeavors.”
The tax lien, which was filed on July 14, is the fourth that the Brenners’ company has faced in the past 12 months.
The first was filed last year by the federal government on July 11 and covered unpaid payroll taxes for each quarter of 2010 in the amount of $42,121.53.
On that same day, a certificate of release of a federal tax lien was filed with the Delaware County Recorder’s Office after the company paid $17,157.97, covering the liens filed for the first two quarters of 2010.
A second federal lien was filed against the company on Sept. 1, 2011, in the amount of $16,601.44 for unpaid payroll taxes for the first quarter of 2011.
Just 13 days later, the federal government filed yet another tax lien against the company. The lien covered $12,266.14 in unpaid payroll taxes for the second quarter of 2011.
Sara Marie Brenner said that those tax liens are in the process of being released.
“I’ve been given documentation to file for the lien releases,” she said in an email.