Want to help the owner of Toscanini's pay his taxes?

Save Toscanini's - $6,500 in pledges as of Sunday night.

Debate between people who want to help kindly Gus Rancatore and his ice-cream shop get back on their financial feet and people who don't understand why they're being asked to support tax evasion.

Rancatore e-mails a statement to the Cambridge Chronicle.

Via B0st0n LiveJournal.

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How did this happen, Gus?

Before you ask for donations, you really should explain how this happened. Otherwise, how can we be sure it won't recur in a few years?

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Agreed

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As I understand it, most of the money owed is in in meal tax revenue. Was that money not collected from customers or was it not given to the state? In the former instance, the donation drive actually would seem reasonable. In the later, they are asking people to bail them out for pocketing state tax revenue and that troubles me. I'm sure the owners are very nice people, but if they are going to ask for help, they need to do more to explain this situation. Nice people don't get a pass to break the law.

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Taxes

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Maybe someone can set up a web site for me and collect donations to help me pay my taxes! Really, the folks collected the money from customers and then went ahead and pocketed it. They deserve to be put out of business. They're lucky if they don't end up in prison.

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Don't count on a donation from her

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Pahkcah02: Only in Cambridge:

... I've never eaten at Toscanini's and while I'm sure that the ice cream is great, people should not be rallying around a criminal who feels that he is too smart to pay his taxes like everyone else. ...

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And don't forget the Someday

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Walter Holland says it now makes sense why the owner of the creperie that replaced the Someday didn't want to have anything to do with Rancatore:

... How is it possible to run a business like Tosci's - with its several Greater Boston locations - and simply 'forget' to sign a lease? Or fail to pay down such an enormous debt over the course of years? I mean, personal taxes are one thing, and admittedly he'd lost his Harvard location last year (meaning a steep decline in revenue), but Rancatore can't possibly be as bad at his job as this makes him look, can he? ...

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And the takeover (and later sale) ...

of the bakery on Washington and Beacon Streets in Somerville?
what the hell happened there?

I would be willing to give money if there was some explanation for all of this takeover and collapse business, or at least some explanation of the whole tax thing. Illness in the family requiring huge money? Extended family in NoLa? I think people need to know or it is just good money thrown after bad.

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the bakery

was never owned by Gus Rancatore or the Toscanini's company. They licensed the name from Toscanini's in order to sell his products there along with their baked goods. The bakery still exists and is now called The Biscuit. (Bad name, I think they should go back to Panini.)

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