Biggest area tax debtors are revealed

By J.N. Sbranti / The Modesto BeeSeptember 29, 2012 

Several Northern San Joaquin Valley residents and defunct businesses are among California's largest delinquent taxpayers.

Their names and the amounts they owe have been posted online by the Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board.

California started publicizing its biggest tax debtors five years ago in hopes the bad publicity would help persuade them to pay up.

This year, officials began revoking state-issued licenses for some big debtors. That could include taking away occupational, professional and driver's licenses. Tax debtors can be stopped from entering into contracts with state agencies.

California officials contend that nearly 90 percent of taxpayers pay the taxes they owe. But those who don't, cost the state an estimated $10 billion a year in unpaid taxes.

People who have information that can lead to the collection of debt from those on the largest delinquent taxpayers list are urged to contact the Franchise Tax Board or the Board of Equalization.

Here are some of the biggest debtors on the Board of Equalization's delinquent list:

The Auto Store of Merced Inc., doing business as Own A Car, 725 McHenry Ave., Modesto, tax lien posted March 2009, owes $2,358,473.

M.T. Automotive Group Inc., doing business as Modesto Mitsubishi, 3120 McHenry Ave., Modesto, tax lien filed June 2005, owes $1,674,102.

Topline Building Products Inc., 724 Nathan Ave., Modesto, tax lien filed October 2002, owes $1,556,973.

Leer Automotive Group Inc., doing business as Manteca Dodge, 1755 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, tax lien filed April 2008, owes $957,612.00

Five Star Supply Inc., 984 Cobalt Drive, Tracy, tax lien filed May 2005, owes $720,008.

Amrit Singh, doing business as G-1 Auto Center, 1350 E. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos, tax lien filed August 1998, owes $574,260.

Jan Eric Weillert, 5150 O'Byrnes Ferry Road, Jamestown, tax lien filed March 2008, owes $546,070.

Here are some of the biggest debtors on the state Franchise Tax Board's delinquent personal income tax list:

Joseph A. Kraft, Modesto, tax lien filed December 2008, owes $291,693.68. His contractor license, 576790, has expired.

Kevin L. Benz, Atwater, tax lien filed August 2005, owes $291,459.28, his security and investigative services license, 1382022, was canceled.

Peter Lobue, Los Banos, tax lien filed October 2007, owes $317,165.69.

Robert D. Testorff, Groveland, tax lien filed May 2004, owes $254,599.28.

Here are some of the biggest debtors on the Franchise Tax Board's delinquent corporate income tax list:

Lasher Bros. Trucking Inc., Los Banos, run by Tarlochan, Kulwant and Jaswinder Lasher, tax lien filed April 2010, owes $510,520.74.

Merced United Sheet Metal Inc., Merced, run by Enedina Mark and Lisa Melgosa, tax lien filed May 2007, owes $246,058.44.

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