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In the early 2000s, I worked for the Department of Revenue, collection "un-paid taxes." With more than 30 years in the financial industry, at that time, I was appalled by the way the Personal Tax and Compliance Department was run.
First, if anyone did not file a tax return, even if they'd had adequate taxes withheld from their pay checks. Many, many times when the delinquent returns were filed, refunds were due the tax payers.
Also, when personal taxes are assessed, those amounts are added to the State's assets figures...moneys due the State. Any business owner can tell you that long term unpaid debts, are not an asset, but are almost always charged off as bad debts.
I shudder at the thought that privately owned collection agencies are also benefiting from what might be unjustly assessed taxes. They have no power to correct filing or assessment errors, and indeed, have a vested interest in not resolving those cases where error have occured.
I have memories of many, many cases where people lived in fear of dealing with Dept of Revenue. Taxes assessed on young children, deceased people and obvious cases of identity theft, all came across my desk. And management at DoR was only interested in "getting those numbers up."
I am grateful that I no longer work there.
posted 2 years, 11 months ago
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