Oct. 20, 2016 — Rep. Joyce Chandler and her husband owe more than a half-million dollars in back income taxes, federal tax collectors say, and the amount appears to be growing.
The IRS in July filed a lien for $519,000 including interest and penalties, just the latest development in a decade-long attempt to collect taxes from the legislator and her husband, Martin.
“It was all my deal. She had nothing to do with it,” Martin Chandler said.
July 18, 2016 — In 2008 Linda Pritchett bought a house in Forest Park, hoping to flip it for a quick profit. The crash of the housing market changed her plans. She kept it without paying property taxes for six more years, until Clayton County sold the home to recoup unpaid taxes and penalties of more than $8,900.
Pritchett wouldn’t give up without a fight, though. In 2015, she filed suit to allege that procedural missteps should void the tax sale. Claiming defamation and violation of privacy, Pritchett also sought damages from the county and the new owner under a racketeering statute.
Pritchett’s legal fight was hardly her first time in a courtroom. WGCL-TV (CBS46) has reported that Pritchett pleaded no contest in 2010 to forging the registration sticker on her Lexus’s license plate. WGCL’s Jeff Chirico reported that Pritchett also had convictions in Virginia for larceny, driving with no insurance and expired registration.
State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Braddock owes more than $36,000 in taxes, interest and penalties, the IRS says. But the debt will not affect her standing as a Georgia legislator. The debt for unpaid payroll taxes was incurred by the Paulding County lawmaker’s failed direct-mail marketing firm, but she said she couldn’t negotiate a settlement until the debt was rolled over to become her personal liability.
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Atlanta voters can choose between two big-name tax delinquents this fall among a large field of candidates hoping to replace longtime City Council member James Maddox. Property records are littered with dozens of liens, cancellations and transfers of debt to private collection services naming former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and former City Councilman Morris Finley. Many of the debts remain unpaid. Each has accumulated liens totaling more than $20,000 since 2004.