Charter ordered to pay $39 million in class-action lawsuit over underpaid business tax | St. Louis business news

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Charter Communications Inc. has had to pay 118 communities in Missouri and St. Louis Counties a total of $ 39 million for underpayment of corporate taxes since 2005, a St. Louis County judge ruled.

The ruling by Senior Circuit Judge Michael Jamison on Wednesday found that Charter excluded some taxable income from surcharges between 2005 and 2020. The case was heard by a judge in August 2019.

Among the findings, the court found that Charter’s voice over internet protocol service established the company as a telephone company and was therefore entitled to pay certain license taxes.

A charter spokesman declined to comment.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 and was later given class action status.

The verdict says St. Louis County owes $ 4.1 million in back taxes after legal fees and expenses. Other top payouts include $ 1.6 million for St. Louis, $ 1.7 million for the City of St. Charles, $ 1.2 million for Chesterfield, and $ 2.1 million for O. ‘Fallon, Missouri.

The City of Winchester, the original plaintiff in the lawsuit, is reported to receive approximately $ 17,500 after fees and expenses.

Approximately $ 10 million of the overall judgment will go to plaintiffs’ legal and legal fees.

John Mulligan, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, said Friday, “We are pleased with the court’s decision.” He said the ruling also states that the charter must pay an estimated $ 2.3 million in taxes to cities in the class annually.

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