Nathan Deal’s salvage yard could be fueling another controversy | www.myajc.com

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Nathan Deal’s salvage yard could be fueling another controversy | www.myajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal was hoping to rid himself of a controversy that plagued his last campaign when he sold off a lucrative salvage yard. Instead, the buyer’s multimillion-dollar tax woes have given fresh ammunition to critics.

The Texas-based car auction firm that agreed to pay $3.2 million each to Deal and his business partner Ken Cronan for Gainesville Salvage & Disposal is battling the state over nearly $74 million in disputed back taxes, and the company has been ramping up its lobbying forces as it wages the legal fight.

Deal said Tuesday he had no intention of getting involved in the ongoing legal battle between the company, Copart, and Department of Revenue officials who say the firm failed to pay sales tax on parts sales. He said he had no knowledge of Copart’s tax woes because the property was run in a blind trust, which means the assets are controlled by a third party.

“They will get no preferential treatment. The Department of Revenue has jurisdiction over this and will deal with that case just like they do other cases,” he said. “The governor’s office has no involvement with this. None at all.”

But critics, noting that Deal appoints the tax department’s head, say it could prove hard for the governor to divorce himself from the ongoing tax dispute.

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