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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (File photo)

Top Md. tax ‘scofflaw’ offers to pay up

In an annual rite of public shaming, State Comptroller Peter Franchot released the names of Maryland’s top tax evaders Thursday afternoon — and the No. 1 business scofflaw told The Daily Record he planned to pay up.

Reached by phone within minutes of the release of this year’s list of 20 businesses and 20 individuals that collectively owe more than $13 million in taxes, penalties and interest to the state, a man who identified himself as the president of CTS & Associates, Inc., of Bethesda, said he had every intention of paying and planned to meet with his tax attorneys in the morning.

He declined to give his name, however. CTS, a cleaning services company, is listed as owing $1.15 million.

The comptroller’s office’s “Caught in a Web” program list all 40 names of alleged delinquents on the comptroller’s website to encourage the “scofflaws” into paying.

READ: Comptroller Franchot’s 2015 list of alleged tax scofflaws (PDF, 152KB)

The 2015 individual list is topped by James and Denise Ciotti of Laurel, who owe about $1.02 million.

The Ciottis could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday — and neither could the Nos. 2 or 3 on either list.

“These are not people simply down on their luck and unable to pay,” Franchot said in a statement. “These are people who have chosen to take advantage of this great state.”

The names will remain on the comptroller’s website for six months or until payments is received or a payment plan is established, according to Franchot’s office.

Since the “Caught in a Web” program began in 2000, more than $31.5 million in has been recovered from delinquent taxpayers, according to the comptroller’s office.