NM Courts Prepare To Intercept Tax Refunds

Officials with New Mexico's magistrate court system are warning defendants who have failed to pay court-ordered fines and fees that their tax refunds will be intercepted.

The courts have asked the state Taxation and Revenue Department to intercept the refunds of more than 10,000 defendants who failed to pay their fines and fees during the past year.

The uncollected debts total more than $3 million.

Officials say defendants can avoid having their income tax refunds intercepted by paying their judgment in full.

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