The Delaware Division of Revenue recently announced that another list of top 100 delinquent individual and business taxpayers has been posted online.


The Delaware Division of Revenue recently announced that another list of top 100 delinquent individual and business taxpayers has been posted online.

In the past year these delinquent taxpayer lists have collected more than $2.3 million in back taxes from those whose names were published, or who were advised they qualified to have their names published online. Since its inception in February 2007, the lists have collected more than $9.2 million.

The newest list names individuals and businesses that owe a combined total of more than $6 million to the state.  

Patrick Carter, director of the Division of Revenue, said in a press release the state sees a positive response every time a list is posted.

“It has been our experience that most individuals and businesses prefer to pay their delinquent taxes, rather than having their names posted online,” Carter stated. “Having this additional tool to aid our collection efforts has been especially beneficial to the state because it costs little to implement and even less to maintain.” 

By legislative order, larger balances are targeted first for publication. Each quarter the next 100 consecutive business tax and 100 consecutive personal unresolved tax balances over  $1,000 are posted to the site.

Rep. Deborah Hudson (R-Greenville) proposed the program and sponsored the legislation that established the posting requirements for Delaware’s delinquent taxpayers.

To meet the criteria for posting to the Delaware Delinquent Taxpayers site, individuals and businesses must have already received a judgment for unpaid taxes. They are then notified by mail that their name may be posted online and given 60 days to respond.

The names of those who enter into a payment agreement with the Division of Revenue or pay their balance in full are either not published or will be removed from the list, depending on when the agreement takes place. Taxpayers who have filed for bankruptcy protection or have incurred a liability that is being appealed are excluded from the published list until their case has been resolved.