May 6, 2004
Tim Connolly
(617) 626-2369

Revenue Commissioner Alan LeBovidge today announced that the names of taxpayers who have owed the Commonwealth more than $25,000 for more than six months are posted on the Department of Revenue website, www.mass.gov/dor.

The 1,481 individual and business taxpayers owe a collective $140 million in back taxes. DOR sent every person and business on the list an assessment notice more than nine months ago. Each delinquent taxpayer was notified 90 days ago that DOR intended to publicize the outstanding tax debt.

"We've exhausted all of our regular remedies for collecting from these taxpayers,'' LeBovidge said. "This is another tool we'll use to collect the fair amount of tax due. It has already been effective."

Since the notice to publicize the delinquent tax list was mailed, DOR has collected more than $1.5 million and the list has shrunk by more than 300 taxpayers.

Publicizing the list of delinquent taxpayers is provided for in Chapter 62C, section 21 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The web allows DOR to make daily changes. The list will be refreshed weekly.