When browsing the Oklahoma Tax Commission’s (OTC) website (http://www.oktax.state.ok.us/), I found an interesting link, “Top 100 Tax Delinquencies”, on the homepage under “Quick Clicks!”
Oklahoma’s Top 100 Tax Delinquencies (http://www.oktax.onenet.net/rpt/p/tw/top100.html) lists the names of individuals and businesses, their addresses, the tax type, and the delinquency amounts. There are a variety of tax types: income, sales, motor fuel tax (gasoline), bingo charity game, tobacco, non-intoxicating beverage, gross production, withholding, coin device decal/permit, and other taxes.
The top 100 are sorted, descending from most delinquent to least. As of July 12, 2010, the top 2 spots were held by the same person: Bruce Bonnett from with an address in Enid, Oklahoma, with a combined delinquency amount of $112,507,527.62 (112.5 million dollars). Half-jokingly, I’d have to guess that he’s not in Enid anymore…
Spot number 100 goes to Robert Johnson, with an address at 8223 S 72nd E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74133. He owes the Oklahoma Tax Commission $474,149.49 of income tax. According to Tulsa County records, is not an owner of record. So I’ll guess again that he’s not in Tulsa anymore…
In all, as of July 12, 2010, the first 35 records owed more than $1 million; 52 records owed $500,000 - $1 million; and the other 13 owed just under $500,000 each. Some of the records show blank delinquency amounts but they are sub-accounts of one with an amount owed. Added together, the amount owed is $209,562,042.48 (209.6 million dollars). The average amount owed per record is $2,095,620.42 — just over 2 million dollars each.
December 20, 2009, Oklahoma was reported as the state with the highest percentage of budget deficit (18.5%) for their fiscal year (source: Tulsa World, “State’s budget deficit biggest”). Granted that $209.6 million won’t solve all of Oklahoma’s financial problems, but I’m sure it would help.
In conclusion, here’s a list of Cliff’s overly-simplified recommendations:
- You don’t want to be on this list!
- Penalties and interest aren’t kind to your pocketbook.
- Help out yourself and your state by paying your state taxes in a timely manner.
P.S. For other reports from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, visit http://www.tax.ok.gov/reports.html.