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Randolph Co. Schools in trouble with the IRS

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Teachers in the Randolph County School System may not get paid this week if the school system can't sort out why it's facing hundred of thousands of dollars in tax liens.

The Randolph County Schools were in the process of setting up an $800,000 tax anticipation loan when the problem was discovered. The Board met Monday to try to take the necessary steps to clear up the matter. They've asked the Internal Revenue Service to abate and excuse the penalties and late fees assessed against the school system.

"They were significantly late for making all of the payments for 2009 to the tune of $216,476 in interest and penalties and late fees. That's a lot and then they were also delinquent in the last quarter of 2008 according to the liens that have been filed thus far," said Attorney Tommy Coleman, Randolph County Board of Education Attorney.

In a letter to the IRS Board Attorney Tommy Coleman cites allegations of mismanagement by the Board, the Superintendent, and its staff for a number of years. He believes money that should have be used to pay the obligations was diverted.

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