Kansas may face $42M tax tab to former Pizza Hut magnate

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 12:53 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas may have to pay $42 million to a former Pizza Hut franchise operation owner over his challenge of a tax bill.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1jCRCnO ) Gene Bicknell has battled the state since Kansas said he owed $42 million based on his 2006 sale of NPC International, which has hundreds of Pizza Hut franchises.

The Kansas Court of Tax Appeals determined Bicknell was a Kansas resident and owed the money. Bicknell says he was living in Florida, but paid the $42 million and appealed.

The Kansas Court of Appeals said recently the tax appeals court ignored state regulations, sending the case back to the tax appeals court.

A $42-million state payout could affect the state's finances because the state's taken in about $42 million less in revenue than expected.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com