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Tax Delinquents Targeted

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:53am

A California Assemblyman is pushing a bill to crack down on the state’s most delinquent taxpayers.

Fresno Democrat Henry Perea says his measure would allow the state to suspend a delinquent taxpayer’s driver’s license and any professional business license they might have. It would also let California’s Franchise Tax Board work with other states and the I-R-S to go after out-of-state debtors.

“We are making some very drastic cuts to our budget, Perea said. “And while certainly this bill will not be the panacea of all of our problems, I do think it’s important for the state to ensure fairness in our tax system and for those who are not paying their fair share, I think it’s important that we hold their feet to the fire.”

The top 250 delinquent taxpayers owe the state a combined 180 million dollars. At a news conference Wednesday, Perea said his bill could bring in about two-thirds of that over the next five years.

The measure sailed through the Assembly without a ‘no’ vote and is now before a Senate committee.

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