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State revenue department shuts local business for back sales taxes

The Georgia Department of Revenue's Compliance Division was in Thomson Tuesday to seize the property of a local businessman who is accused of owing more than $80,000 in back sales taxes.

Mike R.W. Lawlis with Anything Honda on Augusta Highway owes the revenue department about $82,000 said Agent John Coleman. Mr. Coleman said the business has been collecting sales tax for the past seven years, but has not been reporting or forwarding the money to revenue officials.

Agent Coleman said residents with vehicles at the repair shop should make arrangements to have them moved immediately or risk having the car sold at public auction to help satisfy some of the taxes owed. Such an auction would not take place for at least 30 days, but would occur within 60 days. Residents with vehicles at the business should contact Susan Sheppard at 706-651-7607.

No criminal charges are pending against Mr. Lawlis, Agent Coleman said.

Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006

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