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Thursday, February 02, 2006

I'm In Ad Valorem Hell . . . 

Having never lived in Georgia before, I had no idea it could be like this.     Tennessee and Virginia (D.C.) were not like this at all.

Late last fall, we were hit with an almost $3K Ad Valorem tax on our house due 11/30/05.     As soon as that was paid, we received not one, but two, Ad Valorem tax bills on our business -- one from the City and one from the County for almost $4K due on 01/31/06.     Three days before the end of January, two more Ad Valorem tax bills arrived on our business -- one from the City and one from the County for over $2K due on 01/31/06, this time taxing the equipment located in the business.     These second two bills had been sent to the previous owner who held them for two and a half months before sending them back to the City/County who, in turn, just stuck them in envelopes and mailed them on to us.

I phoned the City and County to say there was no way I could pay an additional $2K-plus on top of the $4K I had just paid, when I was not aware that there were any additional taxes due on the business.     Both the City and County gave me a sixty-day extension. *heavy-sigh*

Yesterday, I went to the mailbox only to find another Ad Valorem tax bill -- this time for the Harley, which is due the end of March.     Which means that two more will be arriving soon -- one for the Saab, and one for the Explorer.

Of course, that doesn't even include the monthly employee taxes that are always due, and the quarterly sales taxes that are always due, and the other business taxes that are due each month/quarter, and our personal taxes that will need to be filed before April 15th!

Should I begin to play the lottery and hope for the best?     Or would that be asking for more trouble?     If I hit the lottery, I'll end up being hit with more taxes on my winnings if I get lucky . . . it's probably best to just cut my loses and lay low . . . I know that the old saying goes like . . . "there's nothing for certain except death and taxes" but, this is getting a bit ridiculous!     It has far exceeded the 'nickle-&-dime stage!!     I'm broke!     You can't get blood from a turnip.     And every other $$$ cliche' that might fit . . . and, what is "ad valorem" anyway?     I think is it Georgian for "bend-over-and-grab-your-ankles"

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