The Internal Revenue Department will begin releasing a list of defaulting taxpayers who owe at least $50,000 in state taxes on July 14.
The ministry expects to start notifying affected taxpayers next week. Anyone who then pays the remaining amount in full or concludes payment agreements with the state will avoid having their name mentioned. “Affected taxpayers should contact us as soon as they receive a debt settlement notice,” Deanna Mack, collections administrator at the Treasury Department, said in a statement.”The release of this list will aid in our efforts to increase revenue on which our state depends.”
In addition to publishing the names of taxpayer defaulters and corporations, the state also publishes the names of individuals personally liable for business debts that The taxpayer’s city and state of residence, the Pledge Identification Number, the type of debt, and the current amount owed.
Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 523 in 2019, allowing the Treasury Department to publish this information online. The Treasury had planned to launch the site in 2020 but put that on hold due to the pandemic. Coincidentally, the former came after former Foreign Minister Shemia Fagan resigned after learning she was working as a well-paid consultant for troubled cannabis company La Mota.As Willamette Week reported, La Mota may have spread throughout Oregon because it amassed more than $1.5 million in unpaid state taxes that would have been posted on the state’s website had they been instituted sooner.