State tax collectors release tally of top delinquents

California’s income tax collector on Monday publicly updated the list of the top 250 delinquent state taxpayers, and it includes some familiar names.

There’s actress Pamela Anderson, who owes about $493,000, and there’s Steven Bren — son of Irvine Company billionaire Donald Bren — who owes more than $2 million.

But that’s small change compared to former San Diego Padres star Kevin Mitchell, sixth on the list, who’s on the hook for nearly $5.2 million.

And topping the list are CNET founder Halsey Minor and his wife of San Francisco, who owe $13.1 million.

To see the complete listing and the FTB’s description of the information, click here.

The release of the information is authorized by state law as part of the state’s effort to encourage late taxpayers to come forward and settle up.

The ranking by the Franchise Tax Board shows both individual and business taxpayers.

In releasing the information, the FTB noted that “the vast majority of individual and business taxpayers file their return and pay their lawful tax liability. Those who fail to pay the taxes they lawfully owe contribute to the tax gap. The tax gap is the difference between what taxpayers owe and what they voluntarily pay. As a result, an increased tax burden is passed on to those who pay what they owe. Closing the tax gap is in the best interest of all Californians.”

The complete list shows the top 250 individual and business taxpayers with state income tax liens where the total balance owed is greater than $100,000. A partial listing is provided below. The board urged people with outstanding tax issues to call 866-418-3702. For businesses, the number is 866-914-5594.


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