Blue Springs gym owner faces uncertain future after unexpected $83,000 tax bill

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- The doors at one local health club are locked.

Members at Club Seven Fitness are assured the club will re-open, and the memberships they've purchased will be honored.

It's all due to a simple clerical error, according to Club Seven Fitness owner Matt Inman. It's led the Missouri Department of Revenue to conduct a three-year tax audit of Inman's business, hitting him with a tax bill that will add up to roughly $83,000. Tax documents show five liens against Inman's property, which will cost him over $31,000. A series of associated costs will total an additional $50,000.

Inman said he paid his taxes during the three audited years, but due to a clerical error, he paid an incorrect amount each year.

As a result, Inman and his wife, Sarah, who co-owns the business with Matt, chose to lock the gym's doors on Monday and Tuesday. Matt Inman explained that he lost his sales tax license during the audit.

"I'm not the only business in Kansas City that owes taxes. I'm just trying to pay it," Matt Inman told FOX 4 News.

On Tuesday evening, Inman hosted a meeting at the gym, during which, he explained to members what he's facing. The Grain Valley resident has owned this health club for eight years, and he said he intends to re-open soon. Inman said he will give each current member a complimentary month toward their standing.

"It's important to me to get things handled. You want to make things right. You just want to do it right. We've overcome a lot of stuff in eight years, and I'm proud of what we've got," Inman said.

Inman said the average monthly membership at his gym costs around $32.

In general, Club Seven members are standing by Inman, praising him for creating a family-friendly environment in his workout facility.

"I love the gym so much, for the owner, because he's a good guy. Always friendly. I'm still heartbroken because I like Club Seven so much," Hemvattey Trent, longtime Club Seven member, said.

Inman told FOX 4 News he's hopeful to re-open Club Seven Fitness before Friday.