No one likes to pay their taxes, right? All those forms, all that money owed....it's enough to make you want to curl up and do nothing. Unfortunately, this doesn't work the way it's supposed to - it doesn't work because they always find you. Two things are for sure in life, they say: death and taxes. On December 10, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue released information about their delinquent businesses who haven't paid. The story, posted on the December 10 on their website, is below.
"The 244 businesses on the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's tax delinquent list owe the state more than $8 million," said Revenue Secretary Stephen H. Stetler on December 10.
"These businesses collected taxes from their customers and employees but failed to send the money to the commonwealth," Stetler said. "I encourage taxpayers to visit the department's Web site -- www.revenue.state.pa.us -- to see the list of delinquent businesses."
* There were 32 new delinquent taxpayers added this month, including:
* Allegheny Answering Services, Pittsburgh ($117,120.38)
* Petz Unlimited Inc., Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County ($17,381.60)
* Urology Group Inc., Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County ($33,980.60)
* Edwin C. Hill dba Hills Auto Repair, Altoona, Blair County ($7,832.51)
* Energetics Mechanical Inc., Easton, Northampton County ($8,977.58);
* EMS Management Systems Inc., Kingston, Luzerne County ($38,009.86).
"The list includes businesses that owe sales and/or employer withholding taxes. Since the list debuted in April 2006, 509 of the 753 businesses, or 67.6 percent, that appeared on the list have been removed because they paid taxes in full, committed to deferred payment plans or went out of business," said the press release. "Before being listed on the Web site, businesses and individuals are contacted by the department and given a final chance to make payment arrangements. The prospect of appearing on the list has helped convince delinquent taxpayers to pay $110.4 million and enter into deferred payment plans for an additional $12.4 million in previously unpaid taxes."
Numerous states have discovered that publicly identifying tax delinquents is a successful tax collection maneuver. Twenty-three other states, counting Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia, use online lists to facilitate collecting unpaid taxes.
The comprehensive tax delinquent list is viewable at www.revenue.state.pa.us, on the home page under the "Hot Topics" tab.