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Trouble with taxes: T.J's Fine Jewelry

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CARBONDALE -- Customers of a Carbondale jewelry store are showing up, only to find the doors locked. 

The owner of TJ's Fine Jewelry seems to have fallen behind on paying state sales taxes. 

When customers walk up to the door, they've found the lights are out, the doors are locked and a green sign from the Department of Revenue says the business's certificate of registration has been revoked. 

Donna Davis dropped off her wedding ring at TJ's Fine Jewelry last week to have it resized. But when she came to check on the progress Monday, she found the sign on the door. 

"It was a little frightening at first, but I didn't panic too much. I called T.J, or messaged him, and asked him if I could have my ring back until further notice, until I decide what I want to do, and he said, 'sure, no problem,'" said Davis. 

Davis says Wednesday morning, T.J. hand-delivered her ring to her work. She says she feels for the owner because times are tough for small business owners. She has a small business of her own and says its hard to stay ahead. 

"There's been times when its been a little bit of struggle for me. I've always managed to do that but I can see where a person can fall behind," said Davis. 

T.J. Martin, the owner of T.J's  Fine Jewelry said an employee from the Department of Revenue came in Friday afternoon and told him they'd have to shut the doors and all sales would stop until taxes had been paid. 

"When business slacks off a little bit or its your off season the taxes continue. That doesn't stop," said Davis. 

Davis says T.J. did the right thing by returning her ring and she hopes he'll get back on his feet soon. 

News 3 did speak with the owner, who said he hopes to have this all sorted out by the end of the week so he can get back to business.

He said for further comment we'd need to reach out to his attorney, but his attorney denied further comment. 

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