Two Lake Elsinore 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.

Some Lake Elsinore 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.

New to the list is Lake Elsinore's Petroleum Equipment and System Sales, registered under the name of Michael Donovan Thompson.  The business, located at 34119 Dianthus Lane, owes nearly $1 million, with a total bill of $912,180.29, according to the BOE.

Also on the list from a previous quarter is Force Offshore LLC, located at 18010 Grand Ave.  That Lake Elsinore business owes $600,604.38, according to the BOE.

You can see the full list of delinquent businesses in the state here.

Renee Schiavone March 04, 2014 at 06:19 PM
No businesses in Wildomar were listed @Steve
Diana March 04, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Who said anything about auto dealerships!!!!!!!!
Diana March 04, 2014 at 11:22 PM
I am in aw that these people are still in business, if was my business they would of shut me down, unbelievable. Another Government entity not doing there job, really!
Steve M March 04, 2014 at 11:58 PM
California is in the top 5 of least friendly tax states only behind New York and New Jersey. Looks like Wildomar outshines Lake Elsinore this time LER lol!
Antonio March 05, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Temecula Valley RV and Duke Foods also in Temecula are on the list. The State should at some point seize their assets to pay the taxes, I hope. What a rip off.


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