A long-time Dawsonville pharmacy has been seized for non-payment of thousands in federal taxes.
Goodsons Pharmacy, built in 1952, was recently seized by the Internal Revenue Service, according to Paul Reed, an IRS property liquidation specialist.
I cant say the exact date it was seized, but it was within the last three to six months, said Reed.
The property, located at 159 Hwy. 53, is scheduled to be sold at the Dawson County Courthouse on Nov. 29.
Reed explained when the IRS seizes a property, it is not like when a bank forecloses on a home.
We never take physical possession of the property, he said. We dont change the locks. The property still belongs to him.
The owner said he plans to stay open.
We are not going anywhere, said Phil Goodson. The people at my (accounting) firm are taking care of things. Were planning to stay open.
According to a Notice of Encumbrances found on an IRS Sales website, Goodson owes $3,800 to the Dawson County Tax Commissioner, $45,000 to the Georgia Department of Revenue, and $16,000 to the Board of Regents of the University System a total of $64,800.
There are other taxes due on his other properties, said Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley. Well be taking those properties to collection unless he makes payments right away.
Townley was referring to Goodsons private residence and possibly other private properties. She stated about $13,000 in taxes are due on all properties.
The minimum opening bid for the commercial pharmacy property is $7,200, according to the IRS site.
Reed said Goodson will continue to own the property up to 180 days after the auction is held.
Whoever buys at auction would make full payment (of the taxes due) on the day of sale, but they dont receive the deed until six months afterwards, he said. That gives the person (Goodson) time to redeem the property.
The pharmacy is currently open and serving customers.