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Delinquent taxpayers hail from Washington County

Oregon’s top 100 delinquent income taxpayers owe millions in unpaid taxes, and several of the named individuals hail from western Washington County.

Coming in at 38 and 47 on the list of 50 delinquent individuals on the Oregon Department of Revenue’s website are Cydnie S. Harp of North Plains ($346,705.30 owed) and Andrew Mullen of Banks ($298,714.90 owed).

The website also features the top 50 delinquent businesses, and numbers 4 and 30 through 33 are listed as Hillsboro, Banks and Forest Grove addresses.

Former S&S Drywall Assemblies owner Stephen Nagy of Hillsboro still owes $347,818.06 on his tax debt. In September 2014, Nagy was sentenced to 19 months in federal prison for evading the payment of federal payroll taxes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The IRS assessed S&S Drywall $481,519 in federal employment taxes, penalties and interest for the quarters beginning June 2009 and ending September 2010.

Listed together are Teri and Charles Graham of Banks and Gary and Heidi Kuiper of Forest Grove for a collective debt of $138,492.93. Charles and Heidi are siblings.

The listing on the department of revenue’s website is a new strategy to collect debt.

“This is a pilot project, testing a new tool to encourage tax compliance and increase collection of delinquent taxes,” Chris Wytoski, collections manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division, said in a press release. “More than 30 states use public posting of delinquent taxpayer infomation, with positive results.” Inclusion on the list isn’t the first step in the collections process.

“We tried to resolve these debts with the taxpayers using other collection methods, but they haven’t paid,” Wytoski said. Once they’re identified as being among the top delinquent taxpayers in Oregon, taxpayers receive a warning notice and have another opportunity to resolve their debt before their information is posted online. The information posted includes the taxpayer’s name, their address, the type of delinquent tax and the amount of the debt, as shown on the tax warrant recorded by one of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“All of the information we’re posting is pulled from recorded tax warrants and it’s public,” Wytoski said. “We want Oregon’s taxpayers to know that our use of this new collection and compliance tool doesn’t change the level to which we safeguard their personal information, nor does it authorize us to share or post other information.” 

The list is generated based on the highest dollar amounts shown on active tax warrants recorded by Oregon’s 36 counties. The amounts shown online may not be the current amount owed to the state, as the recorded amount doesn’t reflect payments made or additional amounts added, such as interest. Personal income tax is the amount each person owes to the state based on the income earned during the tax year. Taxpayers accrue personal income tax debt when they don’t pay the amount they owe when they file their taxes, or if they don’t file at all. In situations where a taxpayer doesn’t file a return, the department makes an assessment based on information provided on

W-2s and 1099s filed by employers. 

Income tax withholding is money withheld from employees’ paychecks to cover income tax owed by the employees. Withholding debt is accrued when the employer withholds the money from employees in trust, but doesn’t remit it to the department.Visit oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/delinquent.aspx to see the whole list.

Travis Loose contributed to this story.