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The Top Delinquent Taxpayers in Elk Grove

One couple and one individual made the state's list of top delinquent taxpayers, owing more than $1 million combined.

State officials say one person and one couple from Elk Grove owe California hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes, and made the list of the state's top 500 delinquent taxpayers released Thursday.

According to the Franchise Tax Board, George T. Faison owes $444,370, while Satvinder and Josephine Sandhu owe $711,510.

"Taxpayers on the Top 500 list will be removed once the tax is paid or the taxpayer agrees to resolve their tax debt," the state's Franchise Tax Board said in a press release. The list doesn't include tax debts that are being appealed, litigated or in bankruptcy proceedings.

The state is getting tougher on tax debtors, and now may revoke state-issued licenses for people who owe. The Elk Grove residents on the list do hold state-issued licenses.

According to the state, these are the specifics of the tax debts owed by Faison and the Sandhus:

Name Address Amount Due Lien Filed License License Status Faison, George T Elk Grove, CA 95758 $444,369.79 1/22/10 Department of Real Estate Licensed Sandhu, Satvinder &  Sacramento, CA 95824 $711,510.18 11/10/09 Vocat. & Psychiatric Nurse Examiners Clear Sandhu, Josephine S Elk Grove, CA 95624 Total owed $1,155,879.97

Update: Faison has not yet returned a voicemail from Elk Grove Patch, while a phone number listed for the Sandhus has been disconnected. 

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Mario October 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I am sorry, but what does this article do for our community? Did you research the information to find out why they might be deliquent? This article has no substance, its like you are a tattletale in elementary school. Perhaps they are in some sort of lawsuit or legal woes, or family issues that prevents them from being current, maybe they are trying to rectify the situation, maybe not, but seriously, is this all there is to write about?
Marty October 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Exactly....what point are you trying to make by publishing this article? Not like this is recent news since Liens were filed on both three years ago. But then again maybe it is good...anything that will get this insane political debate chatter stopped.
Racheal McGaha October 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I have to agree.... I would rather read articles that foster a sense of community... Not put someones personal financial woes in everyone's face. I would be devasted if I were one of those families. You HURT people by publicizing stuff like this. What kind of person are you?! People are HURTING right now.... This could be the thing that drove a person over the edge! Public humility of our fellow Elk Grove neighbors??? NOT COOL!
Bwood October 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
It states "The list doesn't include tax debts that are being appealed, litigated or in bankruptcy proceedings."
Bwood October 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I don't understand how these people continue to function owing this kind of money, apparently for YEARS. If it was me, they would have taken anything of worth long ago to pay my (tax) debt.. Reading past the list, I see that California's annual tax gap, (amount owed vs. amount not paid) at 10 BILLION dollars. Yikes.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Hi folks, here are some more positive articles we've published recently about Elk Grove: http://patch.com/A-yzlD http://patch.com/A-ytHB http://patch.com/A-ytp9 http://patch.com/A-ysdD As always, I can be reached at cody.kitaura@patch.com or 916-200-6496.
M.Legison October 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I have to agree with the others. The only reason to post this article is for view metrics, and that is what the Bee did with the state worker database. Sure it got views but at what cost to their reputation ? Arguments in the threads get views too, but those evaporate. This doesn't. I think it was a mistake.
Jacqueline Cheung October 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I'm not sure why its necessary to publish people's names. It's one thing to say that a few people in EG are among the top deliquent tax payers. But we don't know why they are delinquent and humiliating them publicly probably won't improve things. As a community, I'd prefer try to be understanding about the fact that some people are financially hurting.
Mario October 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
All very nice gentle articles Cody but still this one kind of blew them out for me as a reader. An article like this speaks to a juvenile thought process and for me, and I am only speaking for me, I enjoy articles that challenges the thought process and invokes spirited conversations with varying opinions so that I can open and stretch and test my thinking and verify in my mind my beliefs and values. This one should go in the entertainment section with the Lady Gaga stories so I can just skip over it.
John October 14, 2012 at 03:00 AM
These names are public record. I know that if someone that owned a business I frequented was that far back on their taxes I would definately reconsider patronizing their establishments.
Bwood October 14, 2012 at 04:11 AM
That's right, John, and that's WHY they're public record. The majority here seems to feel like these delinquents are being intentionally punished somehow, but that's not the case. If I'm going to have to deal with someone, I want to know something about their past.
Jacqueline Cheung October 14, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I understand that they are public record. I am still trying to understand what the purpose is for publishing their names in Elk Grove Patch. I don't think its true that there is a majority that does want to know who these people are. I think there are many who just don't care. But hey, if you want to know who these people are, then good for you....you now have their names and can avoid their businesses.
NTMP October 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM
What is the real reason for bringing a select few names to the attention of the reader? Are we supposed to righteously pound on the delinquents' doors and demand satisfaction? Challenge them to a duel? TP their house? Is this some kind of pay-back vendetta from the author?
Bwood October 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
NTMP, you could just read the article, note the names, and move on. Nobody's asking you to take any kind of action, so enough with all the rhetorical questions already..
Bwood October 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
That's right, Jacqueline. We could also avoid renting to them or selling them other big- ticket items like a house or a car or offering them credit cards for example, because they have a track record of not owning up to their responsibilities and paying their bills. I'd say it's a LONG track record considering that their tax bills alone are somewhere between half to three-quarters of a MILLION dollars. Capisce, Jacqueline?
Karen Penfold October 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Have you paid your taxes? We've paid ours. This is relevant news. The article didn't bash these people and look into their personal lives or give an opinion that was degrading regarding these local citizens that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to our community. He reported relevant news. I appreciate and LOVE positive news stories about our community and their are many of them. I also appreciate well documented factual news. Thanks Bwood

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