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L.A. collects nearly $3 million from delinquent business taxpayers

The city controller says an additional $107 million in back taxes will be sought from 126 scofflaws, whose names are posted on the city's website.

July 23, 2009|Phil Willon

Los Angeles collected nearly $3 million from delinquent business taxpayers in the last four months, Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel has announced.

Greuel said the city now is trying to collect an additional $107 million in delinquent taxes from 126 scofflaws, and posted their names on the city's website.

Greuel said the city is taking legal action against many of the scofflaws, and also rescinding business permits for those who owe the city money.

She said the program to collect back taxes is critical at a time when the city has been forced to slash services because of a decline in revenue caused by the economic downturn.

Businesses that "pay their fair share of taxes should not bear the burden" of those that do not, Greuel said.

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phil.willon@latimes.com

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