Sunday, January 4, 2009

What a Predicament!

Lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund

Detroit defense attorney remains confused over two notices

DETROIT - James Howarth is a little confused by two letters he has received from the Internal Revenue Service. The Detroit defense lawyer received one letter in November that said he owed the IRS money — five cents. He was warned that he should pay "to avoid additional penalty and/or interest," the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. Howarth said he then received a second letter telling him the government owes him money — four cents. He was told he would have to request the refund since it's less than $1. "When I owe them a nickel, I must pay them. It's not optional," he said. "But when they owe me, I have to ask for it." Howarth said he's not sure if there is a connection between the two notices, or if the refund represents a recalculation of the original bill. The perplexed lawyer said he called an IRS 800 telephone number but gave up after spending a long time on hold. IRS spokesman Luis D. Garcia said the agency doesn't comment on individual accounts.


They just collect but will not refund? What a predicament! LOL

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