Thursday, March 12, 2009

Winfred Dukes: ‘Tax hunt’ distracts from real issues


Every year during the Georgia General Assembly there seems to be an issue swirling around members of the House and Senate.

These issues which serve as little more than distractions, generally have nothing to do with the major issues impacting our citizens and take precious time away from the process of dealing with our most vital issues.


2009 seems to be the year of the “great tax hunt” — who has and who has not filed. Who has and who has not paid. Since my name has been one that, for whatever motivation, has been mentioned in relationship to the tax investigations, I will take this opportunity to set my record straight. Here are some of the facts


First of all, I have been filing and paying taxes, state and federal, for more than 35 years. I pay tens of thousands of dollars of taxes every year. I pay all types of taxes: corporate income taxes, personal income taxes, social security self-employment tax, FUTA tax, FICA tax, property taxes, and I file sales and use taxes.


and issues related to the tax issue.


State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, represents House District 150, which comprises part of Dougherty and Baker County. He has served in the Legislature since 1996.


Duks was one of the democratic legislators that was rumored to not have paid his taxes. I agree, it is a distraction from real issues.

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