Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
You probably shouldn't wait by the mailbox for your tax refund check, because this year it could show up two months later than normal. It probably will be smaller than usual too.
You can't file as early either, and it's all because of the Fiscal Cliff.
Wilhelmina Howard likes to file her taxes early. "I look forward to it, I pay my taxes with it, I really want to get it very early," she said.
But this year, she and millions of others may not be able to. "It's going to make me put off a lot of things that would have been paid on time so it will affect me..."
The IRS can't put out 2012 tax forms until the agency knows what the tax policy is. Thanks to the Fiscal cliff, everything has been delayed.
"You don't want to release all the forms until you know what the rules are going to be..." CPA John McDuffie says he normally advises clients to file early, but not this year.
"The IRS has got to get the computers programmed to receive information and the tax preparation software must be adjusted,' he said.
That means Wilhelmina Howard will have to rearrange her plans until she gets the money she normally depends on. "It's a heavier weight; you know you have more burdens to bear."
She also won't be getting as much back due to a two percent hike in Social Security taxes. "It's going to hurt everyone... it's going to hurt everyone…"
The IRS hasn't said when they will start accepting tax returns but the later the tax return, the later the tax refund.