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Names of Oregon's top 50 delinquent taxpayers posted on state website

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Woodburn man owes nearly $4 million in taxes. Now, his name and address are posted at the top of a list on the Oregon Department of Revenue's website identifying the state's top 50 delinquent taxpayers.

The Oregon Department of Revenue said the list is a pilot project meant to encourage tax compliance and increase the collection of overdue taxes.

A second list also identifies the top delinquent businesses in Oregon.

"More than 30 states use public posting of delinquent taxpayer information, with positive results," said Chris Wytoski, collections manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.

Wytoski said the details posted online are pulled from recorded tax warrants and it's all public information.

State officials want to make it clear that inclusion on the list isn't the first step in the collections process.

"We tried to resolve these debts with the taxpayers using other collection methods, but they haven't paid," Wytoski said.

Once identified as being among the top delinquent taxpayers in Oregon, taxpayers receive a warning notice and have another opportunity to resolve their debt before their information is posted online.

The information posted includes the taxpayer's name, their address, the type of delinquent tax and the amount of the debt, as shown on the tax warrant recorded by one of Oregon's 36 counties.

The list is generated based on the highest dollar amounts shown on active tax warrants.

The amounts shown online may not be the current amount owed to the state, according to the Department of Revenue, as the recorded amount doesn't reflect payments made or additional amounts added, such as interest.

Names will be removed from the list within 10 business days after the taxes are paid in full or the taxpayer enters into a payment plan.

According to the list, there are six people in Oregon who owe more than $1 million in taxes. Another 20 people owe at least $500,000.

A Boardman company tops the business list, owing more than $500,000 in taxes.

To see the full lists, go to www.oregon.gov/DOR.

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