Lawrenceville to collect unpaid debts from state income tax refunds

The Lawrenceville City Council agreed recently to authorize the city to apply to participate in Georgia’s Tax Refund Intercept Program. The TRIP project allows the court to collect unpaid debts from state income tax refunds.

Every debtor will be mailed a notice by the court in advance of an intercept request. Debtors will have thirty days to resolve their debt before the Georgia Department of Revenue is asked to intercept a state tax refund. If the tax refund is intercepted, the taxpayer will have another thirty days to register a dispute with the state.

Intercepted funds may be returned to the taxpayer if it is determined the taxpayer is not the debtor or that the fines and fees ordered by the court have already been paid.

The program is provided at no cost to Lawrenceville and city staff is confident they can handle the administrative and IT components needed to participate.

Information: www.georgiacourts.gov/content/tax-refund-intercept-project-begins.

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