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Delinquent Tax Filer Program Brings In Millions

Montgomery, AL – An effort to encourage delinquent tax filers to pay what they owe brought in more than $8.1 million in unpaid taxes.

Operation Clean Slate ran from Feb. 1 to May 15. During that time, the state agreed not to charge penalties or pursue criminal prosecutions against individuals and businesses who voluntarily paid past-due returns or amended returns to properly report their tax liabilities.

It was only the second time Alabama has shown such leniency. In 1984, the state waived penalties for those who voluntarily paid their tax liabilities. That effort brought in $3 million.

During Operation Clean Slate, 3,161 Alabamians came forward to file past-due tax returns.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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