Austin businessman could lose house after feds file $347K tax suit

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – An Austin businessman is in the cross hairs of the Internal Revenue Service. The federal tax collection agency filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal court to sell a Lake Travis home belonging to Johnnie Joe Moore III. 

Moore failed to pay a total of $347,177.85 in federal taxes covering a dozen years, according to the lawsuit. 

The IRS seeks judgments against Moore for $139,412.54 for failing to pay his personal federal income taxes for tax years 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. That amount does not include additional interest. 

The government wants another $207,765.72 in judgments against Moore for unpaid employee wage taxes withheld from workers at two of his businesses: Full Belly Restaurants, Limited, and M3 Consulting, Inc. The IRS claims Moore failed to pay Federal Insurance Contributions Act, also known as FICA, taxes that are supposed to be collected and paid from employee wages between 2006 and 2012.

“Moore … willfully failed to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over to the United States the income and FICA taxes withheld from the wages paid to the employees of two companies he owned and operated,” U.S. Department of Justice attorney Stephanie M. Page wrote in the filing. 

IRS filed federal tax liens against properties belonging to Moore in Travis County in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and again in 2017. 

The IRS wants a federal court to sell a house Moore owns on Lake Travis. The IRS wants the home sold and the money given to the federal government to pay toward Moore’s tax debt. The home has an assessed valued at $685,615, according to Travis County tax records. 

The filing lists DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., Chase Carpet, Inc. and Chase Flooring, Inc. as defendants in the suit because each entity claims to have liens on the Moore property, according to the lawsuit. 

We attempted to speak with Moore by phone for this report, but messages left on his cell phone have not been returned. 

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