D.C. Tax Refunds Subject To Garnishment For Fines | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Tax Refunds Subject To Garnishment For Fines

Play associated audio
Speeders won't be able to avoid paying fines for long — they'll soon come straight out of their tax returns.
Kipp Baker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrpixure/3135421163/
Speeders won't be able to avoid paying fines for long — they'll soon come straight out of their tax returns.

The D.C. government has come up with a new way to get residents to pay their parking tickets.

Forget to pay a ticket and, beginning this tax season, the city government says it will start the taking money owed out of peoples' tax refunds. This includes, parking tickets, red lights camera violations and other unpaid traffic penalties.

The city already garnishes tax refunds for certain debts, such as unpaid child support.

The city says any "offsets" to a resident's refund will be explained in a letter from the office of tax and revenue, but if you want to challenge the penalty, you must contact the agency that issued the fine.

The new tax policy will not affect drivers from Maryland or Virginia who owe D.C. tens of millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.

NPR

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.
NPR

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.
NPR

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.