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Detroit owes itself taxes, other claims questioned

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DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper says Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's initiative to target delinquent taxes as a way to stave off a financial crisis is coming up against the reality that Detroit itself is behind in paying taxes, and the city's claims of how much it is owed may be widely inaccurate.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/12yQKUO) says that city government tops the list of those owing taxes.

The city is claiming $17.7 million in income taxes that were not withheld from workers' paychecks and $6 million in unpaid city business income taxes from 2000-09.

The lists say Detroit owes $3.6 million in unpaid employee income taxes.

The newspaper says the dozen companies it questioned all challenge what the city says they owe.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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