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Donald Trump's Unpaid Business License Fees

State doesn’t track how much Nevada businesses owe

by Kyril Plaskon

President Elect Donald Trump has been president, treasurer, manager of six Nevada Corporations that owe $31,550 to the state in unpaid fees and penalties according to the Nevada Secretary of State fee tracking system, NVSilverFlume.gov. 

Many of the companies licenses have been cancelled, dissolved or revoked. Some haven't paid fees in more than a decade. 

In an e-mail response to questions about Trumps unpaid fees, Kim Perondi, Deputy Secretary for Commercial Recordings wrote that state statute requires that a business obtain a license to practice in the state, but different statutes may apply to foreign corporations.  She also said that fees only apply to businesses with “revoked” or “default” statuses.

Trump's ACE Entertainment Holdings is in “revoked” status with $5,900 in unpaid fees. Perondi said that in some cases unpaid fees may also be waived.

Trump Ruffin Payroll LLC owes $3,900 according to the state site. It has been “cancelled” according to state records but it may still be operating. 

A search for Trump Ruffin Paroll LLC brings up the phone number for the Human Resources department of Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Donald Trump and Phil Ruffin are partners on the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. It has butted heads with the Culinary Worker's Union Local 226 for years. (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/labor-board-trump-hotel-230720)

When asked how the state finds out if someone who hasn’t paid their fees is conducting business, Perondi  wrote, “upon receipt of a formal complaint, filed in accordance with NAC 76.220, our office may investigate and refer matters accordingly.”

Trump is likely not alone among the tens of thousands of business that owe back fees. The state couldn’t provide a figure for how much businesses owe in the state.

“The Secretary of State’s office does not compile comprehensive data on unpaid fees,” Perondi wrote. “This information is not available and challenging to calculate due to the variation of scenarios.”

When billionaires like Trump don’t pay their Nevada bills, there isn’t much of a penalty either.

“Generally the penalty for not renewing the business registration is $100 plus applicable back filing fees,” according to Perondi. 

So as not to appear partisan, we also searched Hillary Clinton. She is not listed as an officer on any Nevada Corporations. However, a corporation bearing her name “Hillary Clinton for President” does owe $2,900 according to the state. It's license was withdrawn.

 The records of unpaid fees on president elect Trump and other businesses can be found by searching

https://www.nvsilverflume.gov/businessSearch


COMPANY: TRUMP RUFFIN PAYROLL LLC – CANCELLED

MANAGER: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $3,900. Last fee payment 2009

 

COMPANY: TRUMP LAS VEGAS MARKETING AND SALES LLC – CANCELLED 

MANAGING MEMBER: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $4,925. Las fee payment 2005

 

COMPANY: TRUMP CASINOS II, INC – MERGED/DISOLVED

PRESIDENT: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $7,925. Last fee payment 2005

 

COMPANY: THCR HOLDING CORP – WITHDRAWN

PRESIDENT AND TREASURER: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $7,325. Last fee payment 2005

 

COMPANY: ACE ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC – REVOKED

PRESIDENT: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $5,900. Last fee payment 2011

 

COMPANY: TRUMP LAS VEGAS MANAGING MEMBER II LLC - CANCELLED

MANAGING MEMBER: Donald J. Trump

UNPAID FEES: $1,575. Last fee payment 2014

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The Forest Service members of the CIA and workers from Area 51 were at Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas for the groundbreaking of the nation's first Cold War Memorial on Saturday, November 17. This will enhance the regions international recognition for its role in America's victory in the Cold War. The Atomic Testing museum with its hands-on exhibits, the atomic test site with its bomb-ravaged structures and now the cold war memorial honoring America's heroes who lost their lives in America's longest war. Vistors can get a signed first-edition copy of Silent Heroes of the Cold War (Stephen's Press 2008) and learn more at this first public event on a multi-million dollar Forest Service project in the area.

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