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Pharmacy may be seized for back taxes
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A downtown Dawsonville pharmacy is facing seizure by the Internal Revenue Service as a result of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes.

According to a public notice on the IRS website, Goodson's Pharmacy at 159 Hwy. 53 West is scheduled to be sold at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 outside the Dawson County Government Center.

"The property is being seized for non-payment of federal taxes," said Paul Reed, the IRS property appraisal and liquidation specialist who will oversee the sale.

He said there is nearly $65,000 in liens against the property owned by Phillip Goodson, who started the popular family business more than three decades ago. It remains open.

In addition to federal taxes, penalties and fees, the amount also includes delinquent county property taxes, state taxes and debt to the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, according to Reed.

"There are other liens on file that encumber the property and [together] they total $65,000," he said. "All of that would be due by the successful bidder aside from the bid they would be bidding from my auction. So I only collect what's over that amount ... either the minimum bid of $7,200 or higher."

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said Goodson owes nearly $8,000 in personal property taxes for the last three years, which would be paid from the sale of the property.

According to liens filed in Dawson County Superior Court, more than $20,000 of the $65,000 total is due in federal taxes, interest and penalties from between 2007 and 2013.

"The successful bidder, once they're issued the deed, which would be 180 days after the auction is held, there is a six-month redemption period, they would be liable for paying those prior encumbrances to the federal tax lien," Reed said.

During that 180-day period, the property could be redeemed by the individual at the bid price with interest.

Goodson said he hopes the issue is resolved before the sale takes place.

"We've been working to get this settled, but it seems like everything takes twice as much time with the federal government," he said. "As far as I knew, this was under control."