What to do about a mistaken tax bill and government harrassment?

I used to own restaurant (rented space on a shopping strip). I lost everything trying to keep it running. I closed it 9 months ago. To break my contract, I agree to give the landlord all the improvements I made to the property like the marble floors, furniture, kitchen stuff (stoves, etc.) plus a large sum. I thought it was over. However, I just got a tax bill from the government for the property improvements. I told them I can’t pay. I have nothing. I don’t own that stuff anymore either. It belongs to the ex-landlord. And I opened the restaurant under a corporation. The tax office told me to pay or they will put a lien on my spouse’s house. I live there but my name is not on it. Can they do that? Only my name on the corporation.

Asked on September 4, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Georgia

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You seemingly were sent a property tax assessment from your local county tax assessor's office with respect to hard assets that you had for your business which is no longer in existence. You need to file a "contest" of this property tax assessement asseting that the business is no longer in place and the improvement that you are being taxed upon are now owned by the former landlord. As such, he or she should be taxed for those items.

You need to file this "contest" with your county tax assessor. You might consider consulting with a tax attorney to assist you in your matter.


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