PA Revenue Department Updates Online List of State Tax Liens

Dec 15, 2010, 11:55 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Revenue today released the monthly update to its online list of state tax liens detailing nearly 50,000 state tax liens against individuals and businesses that owe more than $344 million in state taxes.

The revised list reflects the addition of 3,136 new liens filed in November for an additional $18.2 million in overdue state taxes. New liens appear in boldface type. In November, 562 liens totaling $1.7 million were satisfied and removed from the list.  

Since the list debuted in August, some 2,404 liens totaling $12 million were satisfied and removed from the list.

The list includes all outstanding state tax liens filed between July 1, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2010. The list is updated monthly to include newly filed liens and remove satisfied liens.

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.  

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, under the "Hot Topics" tab.  

Media contact: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960

Editor's Note: A table summarizing all 49,657 liens and lien amounts by county is available at, under the "Hot Topics" tab.  

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue