GIBSON — The Gibson Town Council on Thursday agreed to seek a waiver on a fee imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, saying they have no explanation as to why a former clerk was late to file a form for the 2012 tax year.
According to a notice from the service dated Aug. 4, a 1099 form, which details the town’s miscellaneous income, was not received by the service until Aug. 30, 15 days after the tax deadline. The penalty for filing late would come as a $780 fee.
In a letter to the service written by town clerk Angela Hunsucker, the town is seeking a waiver, saying they don’t know why the 1099 form was filed late. Hunsucker said the 1099 for the 2013 tax year was also filed past deadline.
“We will take reasonable steps in the future to avoid lateness by making sure staff is properly trained and aware of IRS guidelines,” Hunsucker’s letter reads. “To the best of my knowledge, the town of Gibson has never incurred a penalty for filing form 1099 late and we are requesting the penalty be removed.”
In other business, the town approved a $6,700 bid by Guzman Paving Company of Bennettsville, S.C., for edging grass, patching holes and paving a 177-by-17-foot section of Guthrie Street.
Hunsucker also presented the council with a report detailing payments made to vendors totaling $38,206 in the months of July and August, including $4,558 for water from the city of Laurinburg; $4,410 for two months of garbage service; an annual $3,700 payment for worker’s compensation insurance; $3,635 for two months of employee health insurance; $3,016 to Duke Energy for utilities and $1,480 for payment to off-duty sheriff’s deputies. The council also received a report of town expenditures showing a year-t0-date General Fund expenditure of 2.8 percent.
J.L. Pate can be reached at 910-506-3171.