A minor international flap is stirring after $20,000 in tax liens were slapped on a property that serves as the Indian Consulate.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s continuing investigation of the tax lien system has revealed how it can put property owners in jeopardy of losing their homes over small debts they may not know they owe. Using a database obtained after a two-year open records battle, the AJC documented how the sale of liens to private collection firms had cost Fulton County as much as $20 million in potential revenue over 11 years. For today’s story, the AJC obtained more documents through an Open Records Act request and discovered that the system had ensnared the property of the Indian Consulate in Sandy Springs, sparking a minor international flap.