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LA wants parking-lot operator back taxes paid

The city of Los Angeles wants parking lot operators to pay up.

April 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Los Angeles wants parking lot operators to pay up.

L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine is leading the charge to collect what he says is roughly $23 million in unpaid taxes owed by private parking lots across the city.

Tuesday, Zine introduced a motion that would prevent lot operators from filing for or renewing licenses if they owe taxes.

Zine says when you pay to park, the lots are supposed to hand over 10 percent to the city.

"Many parking operators evade this tax altogether. They collect it, but they don't give it to the city as they're required by law. They're stealing our money. They're taking our services away," said Zine.

The city is currently in litigation with a number of parking lot operators.

Officials say the cash nature of parking lots makes it easy for them to avoid taxes.