SEAL BEACH — Gloria Marshall America Inc., which had eight of its 13 weight-loss centers closed Thursday by the Internal Revenue Service, reopened the centers Friday, the company's president said.
Mark Bergendahl said he gave the IRS a check for $435,000 but plans to challenge IRS allegations of non-payment of taxes and to seek a reimbursement.
"We didn't want to inconvenience our patrons and employees," Bergendahl said. "I don't see why the IRS is practicing these types of collection procedures. We thought we were dealing in good faith and had legitimate disputes" about the amount the company owes in taxes.
Judith Golden, an IRS spokeswoman, said Thursday that the company has received at least five notices from the IRS in the past six months seeking payment of delinquent employee payroll taxes. The IRS filed its first lien against the company in February, 1992, according to documents in the Orange County recorder's office.