Judiciary to garnish tax refunds for outstanding traffic violations

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Guam – 7,722 individuals found guilty of traffic violations and who have not yet paid the fine now have within 60 days to make good on their payment or risk the amount being garnished from their tax refunds.

Approximately $2.3 million dollars could stand to be collected, as current figures show $1.9 million in outstanding payable’s and $400,000 in promissory notes.

Citing the “generosity” and “compassion” of the courts as reasons why such a collection initiative had not previously been implemented, Judiciary of Guam Director of Policy Planning and Community Relations, Shawn Gumatatao, spoke on the agency’s plan of action to generate revenue and offset processing costs.

“As the Government of Guam, we’re experiencing a tight economic times so, one of the things that we at the Judiciary have felt, a way to help generate revenue to take care of the costs that it does take to process these specific types of services, the Administrator of the Courts with the support of the Judicial Council have directed us to go out with this particular effort to go after taxes, to garnish them, as a means to ensure that those collections are met,” said Gumatatao.

Once the 60 day mark has been met, names of those with outstanding payments who have not responded will have their names posted on the Judiciary’s website.