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Three Carlsbad Businesses Listed Among State's Worst Tax Offenders

Some local businesses were named on the state's latest list of the "top 500 sales and use tax delinquencies," released Tuesday.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
By Renee Schiavone and Michelle Mowad

Three Carlsbad businesses are in hot water with the state, which has resorted to publicly listing their names in a database of the worst tax offenders.

On Tuesday, the California State Board of Equalization updated its online list of the Top 500 sales and use tax delinquencies-- a list which totals $514.9 million in taxes through the first quarter of 2014.

According to the BOE, these businesses are notified 30 days before their information is posted.  The agency does not name those who are working on a payment arrangement of some sort, or are in bankruptcy, litigation, or appeal phases.

"Since the inception of this program in 2007, the BOE has received $10.21 million from 121 qualifying taxpayers who came forward to pay their debts; 100 are making installment payments, and 21 have paid their debt in full," a press release from the BOE said Tuesday.

Of the hundreds of millions of dollars owed to California, $114.3 million are jointly owed liabilities.

"This means individuals associated with a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability company might be personally responsible for delinquent taxes," the BOE said.

This quarter alone, 44 taxpayers were added to the state's delinquent list. Together, they owe $41.4 million.

Carlsbad businesses that are still on the list of Top 500 Sales & Use Tax Delinquencies in California are:
  • Furnishings 4 Less owes $ 1,271,949.26
  • SEASILVER USA owes $ 1,241,161.29
  • FFPE, LLC doing business as Pat & Oscars owes $ 1,048,091.93
Rob Whitey March 04, 2014 at 05:13 PM
They will settle and end up paying only $50,000/each. It always happens. There's a reason they owe that much in taxes.
glenn bernard March 06, 2014 at 11:41 AM
The Most Practical Economist In America (me) believes that it is criminal to have another person's property, and keep it. Theft, and/or embezzlement, or something else should be addressed in criminal court. Sales Tax means that their customers actually gave them the money, but the business owner converted the money to their own personal accounts instead of forwarding same to its rightful owner. Regardless of how much they pay back, jail time is appropriate.
glenn bernard March 06, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Do you supposed that our legislators will not enact laws against this crime because they plan to hit the crooks up later for campaign donations?

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