3 From Saratoga, 1 From Los Gatos on FTB Top 500 Delinquent Tax List

The just-released list shows 15 Santa Clara County taxpayers - personal and corporate - owe California more than $8.7 million.


Two individual taxpayers from Saratoga owe the state of California more than $2.6 million, according to information provided by the Franchise Tax Board and released Thursday.

The FTB says Saratogan Kelly L. Brooks owes the state $2,233,224.84 in unpaid personal income taxes, and Steven Song owes $347,760.72, also in personal taxes.

In addition, Hocopar, Inc., a company the FTB lists with a Saratoga address, owes $2,299,119.51 in income taxes, the largest delinquent corporate taxpayer in Santa Clara County. Hocopar, Inc. ranks #2 in the state, only exceeded by a firm in Walnut Creek that owes a little over $4 million.

A Los Gatos man, David L. Adams, owes the state $934,578.73 in personal income taxes.

The leading delinquent taxpayers in the state are in the Bay Area. The FTB data indicates Halsey M. & Shannon Minor, who list their residence in San Ramon, owe personal taxes of more than $10.7 million.

The Franchise Tax Board releases a Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayer List twice each year. The delinquencies must total in excess of $100,000 and be subject to a recorded notice of state tax lien. The list includes the taxpayer’s name and address, according to the FTB.

Nearly 90 percent of taxpayers pay the taxes they owe, according to the FTB. Those who don’t pay contribute to California’s tax gap - the difference between taxes owed to the state and taxes actually paid. That gap currently sits at an estimated $10 billion.

More than $177 million has been collected from the list since it was first posted in October 2007.

According to the FTB, taxpayers on the Top 500 list will be removed once the tax is paid or the taxpayer agrees to make payments under an approved installment agreement or offer in compromise.

Tax liabilities under appeal, in litigation, or in bankruptcy proceedings are not included on the list.

Here's a list of the Santa Clara County residents and businesses who were included on the Top 500 list:


Name Address Amount Due Tax Type Santa Clara County Hocopar, Inc. Saratoga, CA 95070 $2,299,119.51 Corporate Brooks, Kelly L Saratoga, CA 95070 $2,233,224.84 Personal Adams, David L Los Gatos, CA 95032 $934,578.73 Personal Arpco Realty Services San Jose, CA 95129 $716,228.77 Corporate Advance Metal Spinning Inc San Jose, CA 95110 $512,603.20 Corporate Vigil, Frank J Stanford, CA 94309 $432,429.98 Personal Song, Steven Saratoga, CA 95070 $347,760.72 Personal Reilly, George P & Kara M. San Jose, CA 95125 $308,395.47 Personal Stevens, Arlene D Palo Alto, CA 94303 $261,578.29 Personal Alarcon, Philip J San Jose, CA 95124 $237,629.63 Personal Nguyen, David San Jose, CA 00000 $231,118.14 Personal Suth, Andy & Kimberly San Jose, CA 95133 $209,813.30 Personal Total Santa Clara County $8,724,480.58 Total California $224,012,696.71
Frank Geefay October 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
These taxes are far more than most of our total incomes. How can these rich people get away without paying their fair share of taxes or making some kind of arrangement's with the State Franchise and Treasury? Is that why the rich want more tax breaks? I wish I had enough income to pay even half such taxes. I'd gladly pay my share.
AR October 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
many of these cases will simply end with insolvency. you can't get blood from a stone. the first name on the linked list - halsey minor (founder of cnet.com) has been hip-deep in red ink for years, his case has been very well publicized. at some point the state will simply have to take these off the books, the money is never coming. if you really want to blow your top at tax dodges, look at companies like apple that pay an actual corporate rate that would make mitt romney fume with jealousy. or your local church, which dodges taxes on assets entirely. even the city of rome has revoked the tax-exemption for the catholic church, realizing how ridiculous it has become for this empire to exempt itself from tax contributions.
Melissa Pugh October 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM
When I first scanned the article, I felt it was unfair to list people's names. Then I thought back to the Police reports, listing the names of criminals and realized that not paying taxes makes one a criminal as well. Maybe it is because I was giving the non-tax-payers the benefit of the doubt? Or because I may know one of them? So I tried to explore this moral dilemma. If I knew someone who robbed a bank, I would not have dinner at their house again. But if I knew someone who didn't pay their taxes (robbed the government), I might have dinner at their house - and not just because dinner would hopefully be catered and delicious wine would be served. Odd, right? Food for thought.
Frank Geefay October 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Life isn't fair unless you have the legal resources to beat the system. Unfortunately for 98% of us such resources are out of reach. That is why the rich get richer and everyone else is on hold.


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