Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:22:08 GMT
When times are tough, small businesses usually take the hardest hit but when things start looking up, they're often the quickest to recover. That's exactly what the Albany Chamber of Commerce says they'veMore >>
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
December 3, 2003
Valdosta - Things are pretty quiet in Accountant Johnny Duke's office now, but he's preparing for a big boom in business. "They really start pouring in around the end of January," said Dukes.
If you want an early refund check, you still have a little time to put records in order, so you can file early. But Dukes says the time is getting short. "The magic date is December 31st for cutting off your income and your deductions," said Dukes.
One tax write off Dukes says many people aren't aware of is a sport utility vehicle used for work purposes. "As long as it has a gross loaded vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds, you can take the whole thing off in one year, which is really a good deal," said Dukes.
If you're looking for a tax break at the last minute, it's the season for giving. All charitable donations are tax deductible. "For example, if you give the church the same amount of money every year, go ahead and pay next year's contributions if you can and just tell the church its to be set aside for the coming year," said Dukes.
And if you're planning for the future, investing in a ROTH IRA is the best way to go. It won't get you a tax break this year, but benefits in the future will pay off. "When you take it out its going to be all tax free, but that's only when its been in over five years and you're over 59 and a half," said Dukes.
The deadline to file your tax returns is April 15, or you can apply for an extension that will give you until August 15.