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AG opinion could settle tax dispute

Decatur officials said they want to ask the state attorney general to help decide whether the city must follow state rules when penalizing procrastinators.

Gail Busbey, the city's chief financial officer, said the Department of Revenue expects Decatur to charge a $50 penalty when taxes are filed late or incorrectly.

The city is implementing online sales tax filing under state guidelines, Busbey said.

"The state is saying there is not any leeway," Busbey said. "We believe there is, and if our interpretation is correct, then it will be in the taxpayers' favor."

- Chris Paschenko

Last day to avoid license penalty

Buying a business license in Decatur for the 2007 calendar year becomes more expensive Thursday.

Gail Busbey, the city's chief financial officer, said Wednesday is the last day to buy a business license without incurring a 15 percent penalty.

January is the grace period for renewals, Busbey said.

Business licenses may be purchased in the Revenue Department on the first floor at City Hall.

- Chris Paschenko

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