Tax Department Hopes Public Shaming Will Make Delinquents Pay Up

Sep 8, 2014

The Vermont Department of Taxes is gearing up to release lists of the 100 individual and business taxpayers with the largest amounts of unpaid tax debt to the state.

A law enacted in June gives the department authority "to compile and publish these lists as another way to obtain compliance from taxpayers," according to a news release.

The release said more than 28 states publish such lists, and it's been effective in getting delinquent taxpayers to pay up.

The department plans to notify taxpayers over the next few weeks that their names might be published on the lists. If they don't pay then, the department will publicize their names with the hopes that the exposure will get them to pay.