Oakland firm owes state $16.6m, but may be gone

An importing company with an Oakland address now holds second place on the state Board of Equalization’s updated Top 500 list of sales and use tax delinquencies.

The list, mandated by state law, encourages those who owe the delinquent taxes to pay their delinquencies by publicly posting the 500 largest unpaid sales and use tax debts online. The money owed to the state by these top 500 deadbeats totals $555.7 million.

But what if there’s no “there” there?

C & JD USA Inc., listed at an Oakland address, places second on the list with a $16,618,135 debt, first liened by the state in August 2010 and reported here three months later. By all indications, the company just isn’t there; the Oakland phone number is disconnected, and there’s no phone associated with the Torrance address shown in the Secretary of State’s business entities database.

Although the Secretary of State’s database lists the business as active, “they’re not active to us – they have a closed, invalid seller’s permit and obviously they’re not paying their debts,” said Brian Miller, spokesman for the Board of Equalization.

In fact, Miller said, the permit was closed more than a year before the August 2010 lien; he couldn’t say if there’s been any direct contact with the firm or its principals since then.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Those Occupy folks owe Oaktown almost as much in lost sales revenue, police costs, etc.