A public notice posted at the entrance of the Haystack Club House advises that the Hermitage Club “failed to post the bond required by the Vermont Commissioner of Taxes according to (Vermont statutes) and may not conduct any business at this location.” The notice is signed by Vermont Commissioner of Taxes Kaj Samsom.
Below the notice is an unsigned statement from the Hermitage Club to its members. “We have been operating under a temporary agreement with the state tax department which required us (to) make a progress payment today. Unfortunately, we were not able to make this payment as planned and have been ordered to remain closed for operations until it is paid. We are working diligently to secure the funds to allow us to open for this coming weekend and will keep you posted.”
According to an official at the Vermont Department of Taxes on Monday, the Hermitage Club “is not presently authorized to collect sales and use, meals and rooms, and income withholding taxes, and the business is currently not in good standing.”
Last Thursday, the Vermont Department of Taxes closed the Hermitage for unpaid taxes, telling the Deerfield Valley News that the club was “not in good standing, and is not authorized to conduct business.” According to liens filed by the department of taxes at the Wilmington Town Clerk's office, the taxes owed by the Hermitage may amount to as much as $1.2 million. The Hermitage Club planned to make a payment to the tax department on Friday, and according to the club, a payment was made by wire transfer, allowing the Hermitage to open for the weekend.
The Hermitage Club says the state's concern was elevated after Berkshire Bank, on February 23, filed a foreclosure action on several Hermitage Club properties for the club's failure to pay on three loans totaling $17.1 million, and with an outstanding balance of more than $16.5 million.
Hermitage Club Director of Public Relations Meridith Dennes said the club intends to be open this weekend.