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State Releases List of Top 250 Tax Debtors

Released: April 09, 2009

Sacramento – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today updated its list of California’s 250 largest unpaid state income tax delinquencies.

“While a tremendous amount of unpaid tax is shown here, it is important to remember these debts represent only a small portion of the $6.5 billion in personal income taxes that go unpaid each year,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang.

The FTB is required by State law to post an annual list of the 250 largest state income tax debtors who owe more than $100,000. In October 2008, FTB mailed letters to 1,000 individuals and businesses whose tax delinquencies met the criteria for being listed as a top 250 delinquent. Approximately $14 million in payments were received from taxpayers seeking to prevent their names from being publicly posted in this year’s update. More than $24 million has been collected since the list was first posted in October 2007.

Taxpayers or businesses on the Top 250 list will be removed once the tax is paid or the taxpayer agrees to pay by an approved installment agreement. Tax liabilities under appeal, litigation, in bankruptcy proceedings, or under consideration for an offer in compromise are not included on the list.

Individual taxpayers on the list can contact FTB at 866.418.3702 to resolve their accounts. Business taxpayers can call 866.914.5594.

The complete list is updated annually on FTB’s website, www.ftb.ca.gov. The Board of Equalization has a similar list of the state’s top sales and use tax delinquencies, which is updated quarterly.

Editor’s Note: The Largest State Income Tax Delinquencies List