Department of Revenue seizes IXP Inc. property

Officials of the Colorado Department of Revenue have seized heavy equipment, trucks and other property from IXP Inc., a Fruita-based pipeline company. Among those items was the firm’s Cessna 340 airplane.

Mark Couch, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Revenue, said the state seized the equipment after IXP did not pay $138,852 in payroll taxes.

“They were violating the trust of their employees by not turning in the taxes they were collecting on their behalf,” he said.

Couch said the items will be sold at auction next month to pay back the taxes owed.

Carl France, IXP’s owner and president, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Lawsuits filed in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming allege the company failed to pay more than $2.6 million to subcontractors and failed to complete a more than $10 million pipeline project on Ute Indian Tribe land in northeast Utah.

The Internal Revenue Service filed liens against the company earlier this year, claiming IXP owes $2.7 million in payroll and heavy truck taxes dating back to April.


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