Two Meriden companies, specializing in carpet cleaning and restaurant management, are among the top 100 state business delinquent taxpayers.
Mar Elle Enterprises Inc. of Atkins Street owes $135,305 in withholding and Edward O'Brien of Swain Avenue owes sales and use taxes of $120,522, according to the Department of Revenue Services.
Connecticut's Top 100 delinquent business taxpayer accounts as of Jan. 1, 2013, are listed on the Department of Revenue Services' website.
In all, $23,079,135.19 is owed to the state of Connecticut. The list will be updated in April 2013.
The Secretary of the State’s website states that the officers of Mar Elle Enterprises are Norman and Deborah Couture, of 11 South Court St. The company was also listed as one of the state's top delinquent taxpayers last year.
Online records show that O'Brien is the owner of Chem-Dry Colonial, a carpet and rug cleaning business in Meriden.
Sales and use are the state taxes retailers add to the cost of their products. Retailers under state law must collect the tax at the point of sale and pass it on to the state. Income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly to the government by the employer is withholding.
Those who fail to do so can find themselves on the revenue services department’s list of the top 100 tax delinquents.