Dalton Could Grab A Piece of Your Tax Refund

Dalton, Georgia (WDEF) – The City of Dalton will soon be checking state tax refunds to get back some court fees.

They have signed up for a pilot program in Georgia to allow them to recover unpaid court fees.

Last year, the legislature approved the program.

Dalton Municipal Court Judge, Robert Cowan, says other states have recovered $2 million per year under similar programs.

"I think this will be a positive initiative for us to try to recoup some of the money that’s due to the court,” Judge Cowan said.

If they find you owe the courts and are getting a tax refund, you’ll get a 30 day notice to pay up, or else.

If you don’t pay, the city can garnish your state refund.

You do have the right to contest the collection.

For more information, see the program website at www.trip.georgiacourts.gov or contact the program’s administrators directly at 404-463-5127.

PHOTO: Pictured from left to right: Dalton Municipal Court Judge Rob Cowan, Court Administrator Angela Sackett, TRIP Program Coordinator Misty Kovach, and State Administrative Office of the Courts representatives Randy Dennis and Mike Cuccaro.

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