In the State of Arkansas, once the taxpayer falls of the payment plan, the case is moving forward to the County Sheriff's department for collection. No wonder you are scared. The Sheriff Department usually does not do installment payment plan. They will require payment in full. Individual Sheriff Department may extend time to pay if you have an extraneous situation in which you have to rely on this vehicle to go to work.
The normal procedure is for the Sheriff Department to toll the car and they auction off the vehicle or any other properties once a month and turn the money to the State.
This is when the installment plan has become default and many attempts by the State has not be responded. Then, the State gives the case to the Sheriff's office.
Well, this is not the official answer, but I just conversed with the State of Arkansas Department of Revenue Collection at(###) ###-####(phone number). There is no website to explain this process and/or procedure.
Sheriff's power usually is limited to his/her county. How they cooperate among themselves, it is hard to say. They usually don't collect for other Sheriff's department. It is a strange suggestion. But it is an alternative. Drive your car out of the County you live in. Don't park or drive on their road. Give the Sheriff Department a call and ask them what your options are. The good thing is that they are after the money and not after you.
The bad thing is that their job is to get the vehicle and auction and close this collection case. They usually collect the whole debt without installment payment plan. So, hopefully, your Sheriff Department is willing to work with you to delay some time. Ask them if you need the car to go to work, what your options are. Or, hopefully, you get to talk with a Sheriff Department which has leeway to allow you to keep your car for a period of time for you to come up with the money.
At the last, hopefully, you have a car which is not very expensive. There are ways you may be able to borrow to get out of the situation. That is what the Government is hoping we do to resolve the matter. Don't go to the loan shark. At the most, you are just loosing the car.
Please feel free to follow up.
Fiona Chen, MPA, Ph.D., CPA, ABV, CFF, CITP