A list of Maryland’s top tax evaders are now available on the Comptroller’s official website. The list is comprised of 25 businesses and 25 individuals, who owe a total of $15.7 million in penalties, interest and unpaid taxes to the state. According to the Comptroller’s office, the businesses and individuals have failed to respond to liens that have been filed against them.
The names, along with the amount owed to the state will be available to the public. By publicizing this information, the state hopes to encourage them to settle their tax debt.
“These are not people simply down on their luck and unable to pay,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, in a statement. “These are people who have chosen to take advantage of the benefits of this great state while thumbing their noses at the taxpayers who fulfill their legal obligations.”
Caught in the Web has been in operation since 2000 and since then, the Comptroller’s office has been able to utilize the initiative to collect over $43.3 million from delinquent taxpayers. The names are listed for up to six months, in an effort to publicize and shame them into paying their delinquent taxes, along with accrued interests and penalties.
The Comptroller’s office has the authority to take more drastic measures, if necessary, including preventing vehicle registration renewals; blocking renewals of driver; occupation and business licenses; intercepting tax refunds; and garnishing wages.
The businesses and individuals are provided with an opportunity to start a payment plan or pay the amount in full. However, in this case and others, they failed to do so, leaving the Comptroller’s office no other choice, but to add them to the list.