Maryland posts delinquent taxpayers online
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 29, 2000
Maryland has posted its 50 largest tax delinquents online in an attempt
to retrieve more than $9.7 million owed in overdue taxes, penalties and
The majority of the 50 businesses and individuals owe upwards of $100,000,
and the largest unpaid account is for $626,153. Before the delinquents were
posted on the Comptroller's Office World Wide Web site (www.marylandtaxes.com),
each was notified by certified mail about their inclusion on the list and
also allowed to settle their account before inclusion.
"It's a good inducement to get people to pay," said Michael Golden,
spokesperson for the Comptroller Office. "We've tried all the usual methods,
and none have worked, so we thought we'd try this method."
Golden said by publicly posting the information, people are inclined
to pay simply to avoid embarrassment. Once an individual contacts the office
to work out a payment plan, they will be removed from the list.
The list has already worked for some individuals, Golden said. When
delinquents were notified about the online postings, the office collected
more than $153,000 from seven respondents and received commitments from
about 12 others.
The accounts have been unpaid for some time. In each case, a tax lien
was filed in the Circuit Court where the taxpayers do business or owns property,
and thus there is a recorded court judgment that notifies other creditors
of the state's claim.
The accounts were chosen because they don't a seem to have a reason
why they shouldn't be paid none are in bankruptcy or on active payment
plans to settle their debts.
The site will be updated about once a month, Golden said.