About Nonpayment of Taxes


The City of Blytheville is in debt to the IRS by at least $2 million due to unpaid payroll taxes in 2009 and 2010. This figure is set to balloon even more when penalties and interests are included. City Mayor James Sanders, who took over the post from Barrett Harrison in 2011, said he was contacted by the IRS over ‘possible discrepancies’ with its payroll taxes in March. When investigations were conducted by the city, it was discovered that they owed at least $2 million but they haven’t received a bill from the IRS.

Strangely, Shirley Overman, the city’s Finance and Purchasing Committee chairman admits she does not know how this could have happened. She said, “We don't feel it was just an oversight. It could be that it was not having the money to make payroll and payroll taxes at the same time, and then it just kind of ballooned,” adding that, “We'll just keep investigating this.”

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