CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2006 |
In the five years since reforming its system for ensuring that divorced or absent parents pay proper child support, Los Angeles County remains among the nation's worst in actually securing money. This year, county officials helped collect 45% of what parents owed their children, up from less than a third in 2000 -- showing "slow, steady progress," said Steven Golightly, the agency's chief deputy director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 |
Motorists owe the city of Los Angeles $164 million in past-due parking tickets and late penalties, officials said Wednesday, sparking a call from some City Council members to investigate potential shortcomings in collection efforts. A contractor is expected to be able to collect $52 million of the ticket fines over the next five years, but the rest may be more difficult to recover, said Linda Aparicio, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Transportation.
August 30, 2006 |
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August 23, 2006 |
As the Internal Revenue Service prepares to implement a new program that sends private debt collection agencies after delinquent taxpayers, critics -- including several lawmakers and the employee union at the Treasury Department -- are gearing up to protest it. Opponents say that the IRS will pay private debt collectors more to do what government-paid employees could do and that the agency is not doing enough to inform the public about the new program, set to launch in early September.
April 28, 2006 |
After suffering paralysis, brain damage, lost limbs and other wounds in war, nearly 900 soldiers have been saddled with $1.2 million in government debt because of the military's "complex, cumbersome" pay system, congressional investigators said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2006 |
On a June day in 2003, Paige Bilbrey was on the phone frantically trying to reach her boss, former Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Garvey, at Le Parc Hotel in Paris, where he was attending the French Open tennis tournament. The matter couldn't wait: Standing in the lobby of Garvey's hilltop mansion outside Park City, Utah, was an employee of the local power company. Pay the overdue bill, the man said, or he'd turn off the lights. The incident wasn't the result of an embarrassing oversight.
December 8, 2005 |
The government can seize part of a person's monthly Social Security benefit to pay off old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 9-0 ruling gives the government another way of collecting on more than $7 billion in delinquent student loans, many of which have gone unpaid for 10 years or more. It could cost retirees as much as 15% of their monthly benefit. Generally, Social Security benefits had been shielded from seizure.
November 24, 2005 |
Make no mistake about it, the Internal Revenue Service wants Americans to pay their delinquent tax bills. The trouble is, it doesn't seem to have the staff to collect from those taxpayers who have been remiss. So the agency no one likes to hear from is turning to the industry no one likes to hear from: private debt-collection firms.
October 23, 2003 |
A Turkish freighter tied up on the Delaware River for more than four months will be sold to pay off the owner's debt, a federal judge has ruled, allowing its crew members to finally come ashore. The eight crew members who have watched summer turn to fall from aboard the 499-foot Ahmetbey at a Philadelphia pier will be returned to Turkey, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova ruled. Ann-Michelle Higgins, an attorney for Odin Denizcilik A.S.
August 15, 2003 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission is trying harder to collect fines it levies on corporate wrongdoers but has recovered less than 50% in recent years by some measures, a congressional report released Thursday found. In an update of a 1998 report, the General Accounting Office found the SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission had collected about 94% and 99%, respectively, of the total dollars levied in cases closed from January 1997 through August 2002.