Paso Robles man owes $456,902 in taxes
June 1, 2012
A Paso Robles man has earned a place on the state’s annual list of the 500 largest delinquent sales and use tax scofflaws by posting debt of $456,902 accruing from his auto sales business.
Jeffrey David Gallagher, 46, owned and operated Gallagher’s Auto and RV Sales on Paso Robles Blvd. Telephone listings for the business and Gallagher’s Paso Robles home are no longer in service, and efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
California’s Board of Equalization publishes its list, as required by law, in an effort to both locate and publicize some of the biggest debtors. Gallagher is number 460 on the current list. Each taxpayer is notified 30 days before the information is made public.
According to state officials, the top 500 is responsible for an outstanding amount totaling nearly $571 million. Persons and businesses owing money to the state face new penalties July 1, which could include the loss of business, personal and professional licenses.
The list publication has been ongoing since 2007, but it has not been very successful, officials concede. Since then, $5.7 million in back taxes has been collected, from only 42 taxpayers.