A California Assemblyman is pushing a bill to crack down on the state’s most delinquent taxpayers.
Fresno Democrat Henry Perea says his measure would allow the state to suspend a delinquent taxpayer’s driver’s license and any professional business license they might have. It would also let California’s Franchise Tax Board work with other states and the I-R-S to go after out-of-state debtors.
“We are making some very drastic cuts to our budget, Perea said. “And while certainly this bill will not be the panacea of all of our problems, I do think it’s important for the state to ensure fairness in our tax system and for those who are not paying their fair share, I think it’s important that we hold their feet to the fire.”
The top 250 delinquent taxpayers owe the state a combined 180 million dollars. At a news conference Wednesday, Perea said his bill could bring in about two-thirds of that over the next five years.
The measure sailed through the Assembly without a ‘no’ vote and is now before a Senate committee.