Ga. to tap tax refunds for unpaid fines

Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:28 PM
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A law expected to be implemented in 2015 will allow state and local court systems to recoup unpaid fines from Georgians’ state income tax returns.

Mike Cuccaro, assistant director for the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts tells the Telegraph of Macon similar laws implemented in other states have generated about $2 million in annual collections.

Clint Mueller of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia says the collection procedure will only apply to court-related debts that are more than 90 days old and can be matched to the person’s Social Security number.

Mueller says those who owe old court debts need to be notified of the new law in advance and will be given a chance to appeal.

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oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 07/27/14 - 02:59 pm
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Pay up!
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Years ago I was in Maine and the legislature there just started to talk about terminating the any state issued license where the owner owed money to the state. Revenue poured in! Makes sense to everyone except those who owe money to the state.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/27/14 - 04:26 pm
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Plan

The thing to do is to re-organize your withholding (or your quarterly estimated payments if you are self-employed) so that you are not due a refund. That way, they can't take it. It's the same technique to avoid the Obamacare fines.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 02:07 pm
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Typical people who are

Typical people who are subject to those collections are not smart enough to figure that out LL. If they were, they would have been smart enough to stay out of trouble, or at least stay out of debt to the state.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/28/14 - 03:35 pm
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I don't see it that way. If

I don't see it that way. If some of the people have to pay fines, then everybody has to pay fines.

Equal protection under the law.

And if some people can evade fines, then nobody should have to pay them.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/28/14 - 03:36 pm
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It's a good way to make

It's a good way to make criminals own up to what they did.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/28/14 - 04:11 pm
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Corgi....EVERYONE can avoid
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Corgi....EVERYONE can avoid the fines. All you have to do is change your W-4.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/28/14 - 04:13 pm
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And you don't seem very
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And you don't seem very consistent on making criminals own up......if you were, you would support putting ILLEGAL immigrants in jail until they can be deported.

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