7 Korean-Americans among Top Delinquent Taxpayers

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A several delinquent taxpayers in California are Korean-Americans, according to a list provided by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and Board of Equalization (BOE).

The list revealed that seven Koreans still have not paid a combined $41.2 million in taxes. The seven Koreans on the list were only the verifiable delinquent taxpayers. That means that there could actually be more Koreans on the list who have not been verified.

Kang, one of the delinquent taxpayers, had the highest unpaid taxes among Koreans as he is due for an accumulated total of $10.8 million in sales tax since 2009.

El Camino Real resident Kwak also has not paid $742,994 in sales tax. Another Korean who ran a bar near Los Angeles Koreatown is due for $540,977, while San Francisco-based café owner Park was also included in the list for a $496,545 in unpaid taxes.

L.A. residents Han and Kim are also due for $490,000 and $289,197 in sales tax, respectively.

The FTB has been releasing the list of top 250 delinquent taxpayers with more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes every year since 2007. Since 2014, the FTB has expanded the list to top 500 delinquent taxpayers.

By Sung Cheol Jin