- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A city official denies that a popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store shuttered days before Easter is being harassed.

WPVI-TV (https://bit.ly/1l42Hhe) reported Wednesday that the Department of Revenue revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory in the city’s Kensington neighborhood.

The firm has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It’s noted for buttercreams and giant Easter eggs.

Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, said the action was part of a crackdown on outstanding business taxes that has netted $17 million from 700 business accounts with another $7 million pledged.

Owner Phillip Kerwick told the station that he tried to negotiate his $12,000 tax bill. But McDonald said the owner must pay the bill or sign a payment agreement and pay a substantial portion of the amount.

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