UPDATED — The state says Wichita’s Jackson Mortuary owes almost $77,000 in back taxes, which owner Mike Jackson disputes.
There’s one thing he doesn’t dispute, though. His tax trouble is “just a sign of the times.”
“Our bad debt is (more than) what we owe the state,” Jackson says.
He says customers are slow to pay or don’t pay at all.
“And insurance is slow to pay also,” Jackson says.
“We have performed services and haven’t collected our money. . . . We have a disease to please around our place.”
He says the problem is leading to a policy change at his business as well as at other funeral homes. Customers will now have to pay for services before receiving them.
“That’s what most of them are doing now,” Jackson says of competitors.
His great grandfather, Abner Jackson, started the business, which is at 1125 E. 13th St., in 1926.
Jackson says “somebody jumped the gun” at the state level by filing paperwork before it was ready.
“We haven’t had a chance to sit down and visit with the state yet,” he says. “There’s some things we have to do because those figures aren’t necessarily correct.”
Although he hopes to have some penalties and interest reduced, Jackson says he’ll pay what he owes.
“We’re probably going to do it on a monthly payment plan,” he says. “I’m not trying to avoid the issue.
“We’ll get it back together. We’re not going out of business. That’s for sure.”