Shepherd’s Inn Owes Thousands to IRS
The IRS filed two liens against Shepherd’s Inn, the only domestic violence shelter in Carter County

George Jackson
November 09, 2010

ELIZABETHTON, TN –The only domestic violence shelter in Carter County owes thousands of dollars to the Internal Revenue Service.

In October, The Tennessee Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming opened an investigation into the non-profit status of Shepherd’s Inn — after learning the shelter had not filed financial paperwork with the state since 1999.

That investigation prompted the Elizabethton Police Department, and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, to suspend their relationship with the shelter. CCSD had supplied occasional inmate labor to Shepherd’s Inn, and both departments transported battered and homeless women, and their children, to the shelter.

Paperwork filed with the Carter County Register of Deeds details two federal tax liens against the shelter:

1. The most recent, filed on November 1st, 2010, said they have an unpaid balance of $3,240.15.

2. A second lien, filed January 8th, 2010, said they have an unpaid balance of $24,417.18.

IRS Spokesman Dan Boone said a tax lien is a document that protects the government’s interests.

“It’s not a seizure,” Boone said. “It prevents {organizations} from transferring property unless the IRS is involved in the process.”

Source: http://www2.tricities.com/news/2010/nov/09/irs-filed-two-liens-against-shepherds-inn-totaling-ar-642297/