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June 6, 2008

What came as a much welcomed pay day to millions of Americans has caught many in the state off-guard. The Georgia Department of Revenue has seized 16,000 stimulus checks of Georgians who owe back state taxes.

The checks have accounted for more than $4.6 million in back taxes that have been acquired by the state through the end of May. This figure is second in the country, only behind the state of New York.

Through a federal offset program, the state is allowed to collect all or part of a federal tax refund check if a person owes back state taxes.  For the past 5 years, the state has collected over $120 million from the program.

For more information on stimulus checks and the Georgia Department of Revenue, click on the links below.

Stimulus Payment Information

GA Dept. of Revenue