More Than $4.4 million in Liens Satisfied Since List Debuted in August
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Revenue today released the first monthly update to its recently expanded online list of state tax liens, and the revised list details more than 41,000 state tax liens against individuals and businesses that owe $252 million in state taxes.
Since the expanded list debuted in August, 646 liens totaling $4.4 million were satisfied and removed from the list.
"We are pleased to have recovered $4.4 million in back taxes the commonwealth might not otherwise have resolved," said Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hassell. "While it's still too early to draw any significant conclusions about the effectiveness of this list as an enforcement tool, anecdotally, the department is aware of a number of cases where being named on our tax delinquent list effectively embarrassed taxpayers into addressing their delinquencies."
Publicly identifying tax delinquents can be a successful tax collection incentive. About half of all states use Internet lists to help collect unpaid taxes, including Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
The revised list also reflects the addition of 2,951 new liens filed since Aug. 1 for an additional $22.9 million in overdue state taxes. New liens are in boldface type on the online list.
The list includes all outstanding state tax liens filed between July 1, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2010. The revised list will be updated monthly to include newly filed liens and remove satisfied liens.
Information on the website is public as a result of liens filed by the Revenue Department. Each lien is recorded in the prothonotary's office of the county where the person lives or does business. The amounts listed on the website represent the original lien amounts. The current amount of tax due may differ from the amount listed on the site because of partial payments and/or the accrual of additional interest since the tax lien was filed.
Anyone appearing on the list should call the Revenue Department at 717-783-3000 to make payment arrangements.
The complete tax delinquent list is available at www.revenue.state.pa.us, under the "Hot Topics" tab on the home page.
Media contact: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960
Editor's Note: A table summarizing all 41,629 liens and lien amounts by county is available at www.revenue.state.pa.us, under the "Hot Topics" tab on the home page.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue