Board of Equalization Unveils New Top 500 Tax Debtors
New Tools Help Ensure Compliance and Close Tax Gap
Sacramento – Individuals and businesses appearing on the Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayer list face new penalties beginning July 1, according to the California Board of Equalization (BOE). They could lose their state-issued licenses, including driver’s licenses and occupational or professional licenses. Under the new law, state agencies will also be prohibited from entering into contracts with the Top 500.
The penalties are part of a law aimed at providing incentives for tax delinquents to pay their debts. The BOE is committed to collecting taxes owed to the state to provide revenues needed for essential public services. Those on the updated Top 500 list owe $570.8 million.
“When taxpayers choose to ignore their tax debts, they leave the Board no alternative but to step up its enforcement efforts,” said Chairman Jerome E. Horton, author of the legislation that created the original list. “Their failure to play by the rules places an unfair burden on all Californians and robs the state of funding for critical services like education and public safety.”
The total amount collected by the BOE since the first list was posted in 2007 is $5.7 million. Taxpayers who are scheduled to be listed are given a 30-day notice so they have a chance to take care of their bills. Tax liabilities under appeal, in litigation, or in bankruptcy proceedings are not included on the list.
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) also has a Top 500 list and together with the BOE have collected more than $135 million since the program began.
The original Top 250 delinquency list was a result of a state law (AB 1418) authored by BOE Chairman Jerome Horton when he was a member of the California State Assembly in 2006. The Top 250 list was expanded to 500 in 2012 under AB 1424.
BOE’s list of the state’s Top 500 sales and use tax delinquencies is updated quarterly at boe.ca.gov. Taxpayers on the Top 500 list may contact the BOE to resolve their accounts and make payment agreements. Taxpayers who need assistance may contact the BOE at 916-445-5167. The FTB Top 500 list published biannually is on FTB’s website at ftb.ca.gov.
To view BOE’s Top 500 list of sales and use tax delinquencies list, visit http://1.usa.gov/BOETop500.
The following names were added to the Top 500 list for the second quarter 2012:
NAME DBA City State Balance Amount Due
– KEITH JOHN LONDOS RECREATIONAL WAREHOUSE NORCO CA $1,429,490.00
– WILLIAM EMMET WEHRLI BILL WEHRLI WINDOWS FOSSIL OR $1,371,634.00
– SY SINGHAL HUNTINGTON BEACH CA $1,304,926.00
– TALAL N. HAMATI GRANADA HILLS CA $1,294,526.00
-MIAMI COMPUTER SUPPLY CORPORATION MCSI ALISO VIEJO CA $1,064,824.00
-MANN MOTOR CORPORATION SAN JOSE CA $956,179.00
-SILVESTRE MADRID HAYWARD AUTO PLAZA HAYWARD CA $871,861.00
-MUNIR MANSOOR ALI ANAHEIM CA $799,589.00
-MAIN STREET CALIFORNIA, INC T.G.I. FRIDAY’S PHOENIX AZ $775,291.00
– CASSANDRA,LLC CENTRAL PARK RESTAURANT OAKLAND CA $770,882.00
-ALEJANDRO URIBE GARDIEL LAS VEGAS NV $758,801.00
-JESUS VELASCO MEDINA SYLMAR CA $757,876.00
-SANG SUN PATTERSON ULTRA MART LOS ANGELES CA $719,086.00
-WISAL AMEEN SAN MATEO CA $710,107.00
-ALFREDO ENRIQUE PERNISCO SR SANTA MONICA CA $655,999.00
-STARTING POINT , LLC CASTRO VALLEY ARCO AM/PM DUBLIN CA $637,221.00
-JEFFREY RICHMOND SAN DIEGO RED LANTERN BURLINGAME CA $610,328.00
-ANGELICA PLASENCIA TULARE CA $608,158.00
-SELECT OFFICE SOLUTIONS, INC IRWINDALE CA $572,126.00
-CATHERINE ELAINE SOUZA SOUZA TIRE SANGER CA $560,729.00
-JOHN BERNARD DUBEAU FRESNO CA $549,310.00
-EDUCATION ENRICHMENT RESOURCES INC BEST COMPUTER SUPPLIES RENO NV $541,512.00
-WESTERN SHOWER DOOR INC. FREMONT CA $539,026.00
-CLARKLIFT OF CALIFORNIA, INC. SANTA FE SPRING CA $523,170.00
-LA CANADA ENTERPRISES, INC. LA CANADA UNOCAL LA CANADA FLINT CA $520,257.00
-SUPERIOR AUTO-MISSION HILLS, LLC. SUPERIOR NISSIAN OF MISSION HILLS CORONA DEL MAR CA $443,488.00
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Elected in 2010, Chairman Jerome E. Horton is the Fourth District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 8.5 million residents in Los Angeles County. He is also the Board of Equalization Legislative Committee chairman. He is the first to serve on the Board of Equalization with over 21 years of experience at the BOE. Horton previously served as an Assembly Member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006.
The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects more than $50 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.