IRS Sends Three Cent Bill

Diana Peffer can’t believe the IRS spent more than $5.00 to collect her tax bill of three cents.

Diana said, “As a taxpayer I think the three cents could have waited until next year when I file.”

Diana owed back taxes for 2007 so the IRS grabbed her tax refund to pay it. However the refund came up three cents short. Diana received a taxes owed noticed from the IRS telling her to pay the three cents.
The paperwork even included information on a payment plan.

Diana said, “I think I can afford to pay it in full but I don’t know how to go about it.”

The IRS won’t accept cash in the mail. Six On Your Side found Diana can pay cash at the taxpayer assistance office in the Zorinski Federal building.

Anthony Gross of Midwest Accounting said tax codes dismiss taxes owed under a dollar so he believes it wasn’t human error. Gross said, “No IRS agent is going to actively collect three cents and this is obviously a computer generated balance due notice.”

Diana will likely drive to the downtown taxpayer assistance office to pay the three cents rather than buy a 44 cent stamp to mail a check.

An IRS spokesman says federal law prevents him from commenting in any way about a taxpayer's case.


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