On Your Side: Wedding Dress Woes

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

It's the ultimate wedding nightmare for a bride; six weeks until your wedding and your dress disappears.

It happened right here in Augusta because a business owner didn't pay his taxes.

The Georgia Department of Revenue is starting to really crack down on business owners who don't pay their taxes.

The goal is to make sure everyone is being honest.

But this push to pay-up turned into a taxing situation for one bride to be.

Amber Baxley is supposed to be experiencing the time of her life. She's getting married in six weeks.

But a few days ago, she got a pre-wedding whammy, when she saw signs on the store that is holding her wedding dress.

"Of course, I'm freaking out. Where's my dress? Where's my dress?" she said.

The store had been seized by the Georgia Department of Revenue because it says the owner had not paid his taxes and Amber's dress was stuck inside.

"This is one of those freaky things you only see on the movies," she said.

The store is called A'gaci and a Department of Revenue spokesperson says the owner was either withholding sales tax or had just not paid it.

This is part of a plan by the Department to crack down on this problem.

In the past 90 days the Department has shut down three Richmond County businesses because of tax delinquency.

If you don't think this is a problem, check out the Department of Revenue's website which has 905 pages of delinquent businesses.

For now, most of A'gaci's inventory will be sold to help the owner pay his bill.

Luckily, that inventory will not include Amber's dress. "It took me a long time to find that dress," she said.

A Department of Revenue spokesperson says people like Amber who have their personal goods inside a seized store, can get them back if they can prove its theirs, which is exactly what Amber did, bringing this nightmare to an end.

"I don't have to worry anymore," she exclaimed.

Just to be safe, make sure to keep your receipts anytime you drop off something like a ring at a jeweler or your clothes at a dry cleaner. It could save you a lot of hassle.

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