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Top 500 State Income Tax Delinquents

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For Immediate Release

04.11.2013

Sacramento – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today updated its Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayers list.
310 individuals and 62 businesses make up the new list. Combined they owe the state more than $193 million.

In February, FTB sent letters to 500 taxpayers who potentially could appear on the list if they failed to resolve their tax liabilities. 128 taxpayers resolved their accounts, and paid more than $3 million, to prevent their inclusion. More than $216 million has been collected from the top debtors program since its October 2007 inception.

Being on the Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayer list carries added provisions including:

  • Suspension of state-issued licenses including driver’s licenses and occupational or professional licenses.
  • Publishing professional license information.
  • Prohibiting state agencies from entering into contracts with listed debtors.
  • Returning noncompliant taxpayers to the list.
  • Publishing the names and titles of corporate officers of listed corporations.

FTB will remove taxpayers on the Top 500 list once the tax is paid or the taxpayer agrees to make payments under an approved installment agreement or offer in compromise. Tax liabilities under appeal, in litigation, or in bankruptcy proceedings are not included on the list.

Individuals on the list can contact FTB at 888.426.8555 to resolve their accounts. Business taxpayers can call 888.426.8751.

The Top 500 list is published twice a year in April and October. The October 2012 update listed 385 taxpayers and total balances owed in excess of $224 million. A total of 115 accounts were resolved prior to publication.

The Board of Equalization has a similar list of the state’s top sales and use tax delinquencies, which they update quarterly.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.

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