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South Dakota tax tidbit: announcing convicted tax cheats

South Dakota flag Several states publicize the names of taxpayers who are accused of not paying their bills. South Dakota tax officials don't mess with that intermediate stage. They cut right to the chase and post an online list of tax convictions.

Maybe South Dakotans are inspired by the likes of Honest Abe and the president who couldn't tell a lie looking down from that famous Black Hills cliff. Whatever the reason, business owners who violate the state's tax laws get the added ignominy of seeing their crimes and punishment available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Updated monthly, the March list of tax guilty includes taxpayers who didn't file returns and who repeatedly failed to pay sales and excise taxes.

Why aren't there any individual taxpayers on the list? Because the Mount Rushmore State doesn't have a state income tax.

Tax trip around the United States: This post is part of our series highlighting tax information from the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. 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.

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