Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:44:00 GMT
A Tift County cold case still haunts a family nearly 10 years a young mother's murder. It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her familyMore >>
It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her family believes someone knows who killed her, and they hope the person with that information will bring them the peace they need.More >>
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Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency: Southwest Georgia Public Health: This public resource targets communities in Southwest Georgia and includes suggestionsMore >>
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:51:04 GMT
Information from the Tift County Sheriff's Office- On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the residence of 36More >>
The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Daniel Eubanks, and seized over $100K in cash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:38:05 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:34:44 GMT
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds. The Albany PoliceMore >>
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Thousands of Georgia's businesses owe more than one billion dollars in uncollected taxes, and the revenue commissioner plans to do something about it.
The Department of Revenue is adding manpower to go after delinquent business owners. Thirty-six new tax agents will cost the state millions, but the extra revenue they collect could end up paying for the expense.
In Dougherty County, 452 different business owe delinquent state taxes. One business, owes more than $501,000. Businesses who pay their taxes want to know how these people got away with it.
Tommy Mc's has been in business for 12 years. Owner Tommy McDowell wouldn't think of not paying his sales and income tax to the state.
"I didn't realize people were not paying the taxes I though it would be just a matter of time before they showed up and closed the business if you didn't," said McDowell.
A new electronic payment program the state forced businesses to use in May, now automatically deducts the payment, but the system has flaws too. Tommy Mc's got billed twice and when they questioned it with the Revenue Department.
"We'll you realize the state of Georgia's broke, well I'm going to be too if they're going to debit the money out of my account," said McDowell.
They just got the money back. Businesses say the state is quick to send several notices if you miss a payment.
"You get a statement from them saying you know we haven't received your monthly this or whatever, it's like wow," said Steve Allen, Owner of Allen's Jewelers.
They're glad the state is now backing that with action. Bill Chambers Motors was closed in August for failure to pay nearly $600,000 in sales tax. Since the new staff was added, the state's collected a million dollars in outstanding taxes. Business owners claim it puts everyone on the same playing field.
"I feel if you're going to be in business then you need to do the right thing, we try to do the right thing," said Allen.
Giving the state the resources it needs to operate.
While many of these businesses owe taxes from previous years, the Revenue Commissioner says as long as you owe money you are still a tax delinquent and you're not in good standing until 100 percent is paid. In the last six years, the state has collected 600-million dollars in back taxes.
The Revenue Commissioner hopes to increase that substantially while shutting down businesses that don't pay.