Connecticut apparently has been taking tax collection advice from my mother, who's always believed in the power of what others think of you (or her kids). Nutmeg State tax officials are big advocates of publicizing information about folks who haven't paid their tax bills.
The state maintains two tax delinquents lists, one for individuals and another for businesses. Each list contains the names, addresses and amount due (total of taxes, interest and penalties) of folks or firms who've had tax debts overdue for at least 90 days and whose appeal rights have expired.
Some of the nonpayers owe substantial sums. Topping the individuals list is an almost $3 million bill. The next five delinquents each owe Connecticut more than $1 million.
But just in case the shame of having your name or company listed on a Connecticut Department of Revenue Services tax deadbeat list isn't enough to get you to pony up, the state also isn't shy about taking the next step.
On its current tax home page, Connecticut officials have three separate posts announcing arrests of tax delinquents.
In announcing the latest arrest, Revenue Commissioner Richard Nicholson warned residents that while the state "would prefer that taxpayers voluntarily report their tax obligations to the state, taxpayers should be aware that we will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that Connecticut tax laws are being followed."
Tax trip around the United States: This is part of our series highlighting tax information from the 50 U.S. states and our nation's capital. You can read other state tax blurbs at our Complete menu of tasty state tax tidbits.
The State Tax Departments page provides links to
official state and District of Columbia revenue Web sites so that you
can find out more about your home's tax laws and filing requirements.
As we work through the 2010 tax season, a different state will be featured each day as noted in Don't forget your state taxes! Check back to see what tax tidbit we share about your home state!
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