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Woodburn man tops list of delinquent debtors to state


Randall D. Jeffers reportedly owes over $3.8 million, two Woodburn businesses owe $886,000 combined

Oregon's top 100 delinquent income taxpayers owe millions in unpaid taxes, and No. 1 on the list of delinquent individuals is from Woodburn.

Randall D. Jeffers is listed as owing the state of Oregon $3,889,816.42 in personal income taxes. He tops the list of 50 delinquent individuals on the Oregon Department of Revenue's website.

The website also features the top 50 delinquent businesses, and numbers two and three are also listed as Woodburn addresses. Carlos Lopez-Bravo owes $444,281.96. Close behind is Bravo Construction Services, LLC, which owes $441,863.96. Two years ago, Bravo Construction was fined for a seventh time by Oregon OSHA for failing to protect employees from falls. According to the Better Business Bureau, it has since gone out of business.

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," said Chris Wytoski, collections manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division, in a press release. "More than 30 states use public posting of delinquent taxpayer information, with positive results." Inclusion in this 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 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 www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/delinquent.aspx to see the whole list.