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Santa Monica Businesses Owe California Millions in Taxes

Some local businesses were named on the state's latest list of the "top 500 sales and use tax delinquencies," released Tuesday.

Santa Monica Businesses Owe California Millions in Taxes
By  Renee Schiavone

Some Santa Monica 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.

Santa Monica businesses named on the list are: 

  • Token Automotive Inc., DBA Santa Monica Mitsubishi, 1501 Santa Monica Blvd., owes $1,175,304.66
  • 17th Street Cafe, Inc., 1610 Montana Ave., owes $766,293.61
  • Payman Peter Ahoubim, 1918 Lincoln Blvd., owes $476,421.83
  • California Auto Express, Inc., 1918 Linconld Blvd., owes $476,421.83
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.

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