Employees at the Savannah regional office of the Georgia Department of Revenue say they're here to help taxpayers understand the system, especially during tax time. "We actually have revenue agents that work on taxpayer assistance," explained taxpayer assistance worker Timothy Lacroix. "We generally during the tax season that we're in right now have two agents on."
They're also responsible for collection when taxpayers fall behind. "We will work with people," said Lacroix. "We want people not to have this on their backs, we want to take care of it. But we want to make sure Georgia is taken care of as well."
To help, the department has launched a new feature on its website, providing lists of the most delinquent businesses and individuals. Several hundred of the most delinquent taxpayers in the state, including some right in our area, are now listed by name on the department's website.
"The vast majority of taxes are paid voluntarily as they should be. Delinquent taxpayers certainly don't want their names out there," said regional manager Cynthia Cyr. "That's just not what they had in mind when they got behind on their taxes. And it's usually not intentional. These are people who think they'll catch up, this is just a bad time. But we're simply not a good lender anymore. They need to find someone else to owe money to other than the State of Georgia."
This information has always been publicly available, but it used to mean a trip to the county courthouse and some research. Now it's just a whole lot easier to get to.