BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Caught in the web. Maryland has put a list of the worst tax delinquents in the state on the comptroller’s website.
Pat Warren explains what it means if you see your name there.
If you see your name there, it means you owe enough money to the state to buy a nice beach house on an island somewhere.
Have you filed your taxes yet?
“We’ve still got to send them in, yeah. We wait til the last day,” one couple said.
“Oh, I don’t know. It’s been awhile. A couple of weeks ago. Yeah,” said one man.
“Good luck if you haven’t!” one woman said.
Luck has run out for the people on this list.
“Don’t ignore the tax collector, please. And it is a little bit harsh. We’re basically shaming these businesses and individuals into doing the right thing,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.
These tax evaders are posted on the web:
CTS & Associates of Bethesda: $1.1 million. Optimization Consulting in Bowie: $761,000. Next Day Staffing in Nottingham: $546,000.
“Most of them have money and a lot of lawyers,” said Franchot.
That would include James and Denise Ciotti of Laurel, who owe more than $1 million to the state. Luis Navarro of Glen Burnie: $675,000. And Henry Nugroho: $510,000.
It’s all posted on the web.
“Not all of them, but I’ll bet two-thirds of these will be settled up within a couple of weeks,” the comptroller said. “And by settled up, I mean entering into payment plans that’s going to fulfill their obligation and not continue to just sit down somewhere in Florida on a nice estate acting as if they don’t have a care in the world.”
The total outstanding on the online list is $13 million.
Over the years, the state has collected more than $30 million from tax evaders.
The agency first went online with the list in 2000.