Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Country star Toby Keith has been accused of falling behind on more than $250,000 (?156,250) in taxes for one of his bars in New York.

The Red Solo Cup hitmaker opened a Syracuse branch of his Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill chain last year (13), but according to state officials, he owes more than $145,000 (?90,625) in sales taxes from the venue's first few months in business.

Authorities also filed a tax warrant earlier this month (Jun14) seeking a further $107,000 (?66,875).

Keith is yet to comment on the reports.

The singer has launched 16 locations of the Phoenix, Arizona-based restaurant chain in 12 U.S. states and plans to unveil five more in the near future.