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Delinquents online

State officials on Friday announced that the Department of Taxation and Finance will soon begin posting the names of New York State’s top 250 business and top 250 individual tax debtors online.

Officials hope the move will help to recoup lost revenue from tax delinquents who have not paid their tax liabilities.

“These businesses and individuals, who shamelessly evade our tax laws, put the entire state in jeopardy and allow others to pay for the vital services they enjoy,” Gov. David A. Paterson said in a statement.

At the start of each month, the tax department will examine the records of those who have at least one tax warrant filed against them in the preceding year. If the total of the open warrants in an individual’s or a business’s history calls for it, the total value of all of the delinquent’s open warrants will be used to determine placement in the top 250 lists.

“Tax warrants are a matter of public record, and our notices to taxpayers inform them of that fact,” said Jamie Woodward, the department’s acting commissioner.

The top 250 lists are online at www.nystax.gov.