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More Tax Delinquency Now, State Says

The state wants to know; where'd its money go?

The state wants to know; where did its tax money go?

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Thirteen Montgomery County businesses – none located within the township – collectively owe the state more than $405,000 in delinquent taxes, up 17 percent from $346,000 during the previous quarter, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced Tuesday (March 10, 2009). They represent 5.7 percent of 225 companies deemed in arrears, and 6.1 percent of nearly $6.6 million owed, that the department hopes to publicly embarrass into payment.

“These businesses collected taxes from customers and employees but failed to send the money to the commonwealth,” acting Revenue Secretary Stephen Stetler said. So their names and locations were published on the department’s website because, he explained, public identification of tax delinquents can be a successful tax collection incentive.

The prospect of appearing on Pennsylvania’s list has helped convince delinquent taxpayers in recent years to pay up $87 million in back sales or employment taxes, according to the department. Others started deferred payment plans to pay off an additional $20.7 million. At least 21 other states, including Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia, publish Internet lists to help collect unpaid taxes.

During just one month 38 new delinquencies were added to the state list, and in Montgomery County one came off, according to Stetler. Listed by the state as delinquent in Montgomery County, and the amounts owed, were:

  • Crisman Hardwood Flooring Co. Inc., Pottstown PA, $175,032
  • Bryn Mawr Flooring Inc., Conshohocken PA, $37,326
  • Sun Valley Pizza, Narberth PA, $37,193
  • Capel Industrial Risk Management Inc., Horsham PA, $27,438
  • Sunrise Landscaping And Design, Flourtown PA, $23,140
  • Montgomery Group Associates Inc., Montgomeryville PA, $22,418
  • S B Gossar Heating and AC Inc., Huntingdon Valley PA, $20,422
  • Trans Global Inc., East Norriton PA, $17,918
  • Creative Steps Inc., Elkins PA, $16,130
  • Regina’s Mane Line Creations Inc., Wynnewood PA, $11,799
  • Arena Services Inc., Norristown PA, $10,247
  • Providence Square Lighting Gallery Inc., Collegeville PA, $10,043
  • Flourtown Bakery Inc., Flourtown PA, $7,406

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