Back Tax Easement 

Maine residents who owe back taxes to the state are getting a break, starting Tuesday.From September 1st through November, 90% of the penalties owed will be waived, while all of the tax and interest owed would need to be paid within the 90-day window.The state conceived the program as part of the budget to collect some of the more than $250,000,000 in overdue taxes, penalties, and interest owed the state by more than 70,000 taxpayers.The program is projected to bring in $9,000,000 to help balance the $5,800,000,000, two-year state budget.Democratic state senator Joe Perry of Bangor says a similar program in 2003 brought in $37,000,000.