California’s top 500 delinquent taxpayers could now lose their state-issued licenses if they fail to pay their debts.
The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced Thursday that their running "Top 500 List" of delinquent taxpayers was given to California state licensing agencies, which may affect delinquent taxpayers’ occupational, professional and driver’s licenses.
The BOE said this was done as an incentive for individuals and businesses appearing on the list to pay their outstanding debts.
Taxpayers on the list – which include some recently-added individuals from Oceanside and the owners of a night club in La Mesa – can avoid these new penalties by working with the BOE to pay the money they owe.
Over the years, the BOE said it has collected $5.8 million in outstanding debts from 46 California taxpayers. Most paid through an installment plan, while others paid in full.
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) also keeps a running Top 500 list. Together with the BOE, the FTB has collected from than $170.8 million from delinquent taxpayers.
The BOE said taxpayers who appear on the list can contact the BOE at (916) 445-5167 to resolve their accounts.