Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An effort to boost state revenue is targeting deadbeat taxpayers. Two proposals give the state Department of Revenue more muscle to go after those who fail to pay income taxes.
The first gives some tax agents law enforcement powers and the second allows the state to garnish wages of the employed who owe.
Both measures have passed the house, but the issue is serious enough to have the Department of Revenue's Commissioner at the Capitol this week, talking with lawmakers and encouraging the Senate to seriously consider the legislation.
The H&R Block tax office is busy. With three weeks left until taxes must be filed, the state could soon be putting more pressure on those who miss the deadline or don't pay and tax preparers aren't surprised.
"Right now everyone is in a budget crunch right now so no I'm not surprised," said Clifton Bush, H&R Block District Operations Specialist. "
In an already strapped budget, lawmakers have scraped together $8 million to hire more auditors, examiners, and special investigators in an effort to ensure everyone pays up.
"If you're still unable to pay the full amount at one time you can call the Georgia Revenue Service and set up what they call an installment agreement to start paying the taxes you do owe," said Bush.
Going after delinquent taxpayers could bring in an additional $100 million in additional revenue, money our local government typically gets back in grants, but likely won't this year.
"We would see that in the form of reduced grants from the state and we're expecting this year that all of our state grants will be down a good bit," said Kris Newton, Albany Director of Finance. "Hurting both the city and county government that's already taken a hit in sales tax revenue, because many aren't buying big ticket items in a poor economy.
"We lost almost 13% last year compared to the year before. This year so far we're down ten percent compared to last year, so that's a pretty strong drop," said Newton.
Lawmakers appear willing to go as far as garnishing wages or levying property to make sure the government is getting all it is owed. The Revenue Commissioner is telling state lawmakers that the new legislation will pay for itself once its up and running.
The legislation did make the crossover day in the legislature which is Thursday, and is expected to be considered by the Senate.