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Revenue pulls gaming permit for United Way Anchorage

United Way of Anchorage is sideways with the Department of Revenue. Enough so that the State department’s tax division suspended the charitable agency’s gaming permit, as listed on the Department’s online database:

The suspension appears to have come in the middle of United Way’s fall campaign, which kicked off Aug 30.

Must Read Alaska called United Way to find out why the suspension was made, but the individual responding to the call was unaware of the problem. This story will be updated if more information becomes available. The Department of Revenue could not be reached this evening for an explanation.

Update: Elizabeth Miller, Vice President for Resource Development said that due to a miscommunication that led to a mistake in the permit application, the United Way of Anchorage gaming license from the State of Alaska has been temporarily suspended. “We are currently working to rectify the situation as quickly as possible,” the organization wrote this morning.

Update II: Thursday afternoon the gaming permit was restored.

One could wonder, why would Dept. of Revenue not just reach out to UWA and resolve it rather than suspending the permit of one of Alaska’s largest charities?

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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