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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Albany-- More than 30 million Americans live in poverty. As that poverty rate rises, many people's paychecks aren't. One new study shows Georgia's working-poor pay more income tax than those in many other states.
It finds that many states tax families even if their income falls below the poverty line. For many families, it's too much from a paycheck. Tax preparers say, it all balances out.
With a smile, Amber Swords makes a hard living making sure others are satisfied. "I wouldn't say anything is ever easy," says Swords. It's a busy job, but the busy times help pay the bills. "I would love to be at home day and night with my son but just with my husband's income, it just makes it easier to have that little bit of extra income," says Swords.
It's that extra income that brings many working families closer to living comfortably but it also means more taxes. "It's a struggle when tax season comes because you just hope that you don't have to pay in every year," says Swords. According to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, state income taxes are pushing many working-poor families deeper into poverty.
"The more you earn, the more tax you pay," says Tax Advisor for H&R Block Vish Pandey.
Pandey says it is hard for many families to manage on low incomes but from a tax point of view, they're not taxed very high and families with kids get extra benefits. "They get $4,400 of earned income credit from the government. They don't pay any tax," says Pandey. He says there's also some relief from the state.
"For the state of Georgia, if someone gets less than $20,000 per year then he's entitled to what is called low-income credit," says Pandey. Pandey feels it isn't the taxes that's affecting families. It's their earnings and expenses. For Amber, those earnings keep her motivated.
"My motivation is just to be able to provide for my family. That's the most motivation I have," says Swords. And with another son on the way, it's enough to keep her standing for now.
According to the study, the number of states that tax low-income families has increased since 2004. It ranks Georgia at number 7th out of 42 states when it comes to taxing single parent families of three. The study also shows that the income level at which many people start paying taxes is going down and that trend could continue putting more of a burden on poor families if states don't change their tax laws.