Saturday, March 13, 2010

IRS Visits Business to Collect 4 Cents

I am not sure if I should label this one 'comedy'. Two IRS agents dropped by a Sacramento carwash with letter in hand to collect the delinquent 4 cents. The moral of the story is that the IRS will come after you for back taxes, no matter how insignificant the amount is. Why two agents were needed, and how 4 cents made it to the top of the priory list, is a bit beyond me. (via)

"It was every businessperson's nightmare.

Arriving at Harv's Metro Car Wash in midtown Wednesday afternoon were two dark-suited IRS agents demanding payment of delinquent taxes. "They were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending," says Harv's owner, Aaron Zeff.

The really odd part of this: The letter that was hand-delivered to Zeff's on-site manager showed the amount of money owed to the feds was ... 4 cents.

Inexplicably, penalties and taxes accruing on the debt – stemming from the 2006 tax year – were listed as $202.31, leaving Harv's with an obligation of $202.35.

Zeff, who also owns local parking lots and is the president of the Midtown Business Association, finds the situation a bit comical.

"It's hilarious," he says, "that two people hopped in a car and came down here for just 4 cents. I think (the IRS) may have a problem with priorities."

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