The attorney general and gubernatorial candidate should recuse his office from a tax suit because of his financial ties.
For more than a decade, Star Scientific Inc. has contested a state sales and use tax assessment on its tobacco-curing barns in Mecklenburg County. In 2011, the Glen Allen-based company sued the Virginia Department of Taxation after the agency rejected Star Scientific’s claim that the barns should be exempt from the tax.
The stakes are significant for Star Scientific, which is making a push to market a plant-based dietary supplement designed to reduce inflammation. The company could be on the hook for at least $1.7 million in taxes, penalties and interest if it loses the dispute, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.