Md. Uses Web To Catch Tax Cheaters
Jun. 26, 2000
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Maryland is using the World Wide Web to chase tax delinquents.
The Comptroller's Office posted a Web site on Monday that lists 50 companies and individuals who have had tax liens filed against them. In all, the listed offenders owe $9.7 million in overdue taxes, penalties and interest.
The list can be found at www.marylandtaxes.com.
Posting names is meant to embarrass tax evaders and reassure residents that the state is pursuing the cases, said Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.
None of the tax accounts listed is in bankruptcy and none of the taxpayers is on a payment plan, Schaefer said.
Several other states post the names of tax delinquents on the Web. Connecticut, which launched its site three years ago, has collected $67 million and cut overdue accounts by one-third since then, said Schaefer.