Government Threatens to Shut Down Business Over $144 in Late Taxes (that weren't actually late)

Yesterday my wife and I got served by an agent of the state's tax fraud investigation unit. The agent went to my wife's business and accused her of not filing her taxes. He then served her with an order that if she didn't pay the taxes within five days the state would force her to close her business.

How much was she accused of owing? $144.

The government wanted to shut down a business that has four full time employees, and half a dozen part time employees over .... $144!?!?!?

But here's the thing, my wife had paid the taxes and our bookkeeper had the receipts to prove it.

The agent then confessed that they were way behind in recording receipts right now so there was no real way to know who had paid and who hadn't at this point. But it was still up to us to prove we had paid the taxes in question. We were guilty until proven innocent.

I don't blame the pencil-necked bean counter for this. He's just doing his job. He's just doing what all mindless bureaucrats do, a mere cog of the vast government machine do.

The real problem here is government itself. It is simply the nature of the beast. They need money, and you have it.

Whenever any person in government claims they need more government in order to help business, just remember that no matter how good their intentions are that it is simply not in the nature of the government to help.

Sure, my wife's business actually does directly benefit from certain government goodies she gets. But at what price? A government so large and with so few limits to its power that it can, on the whim of the misfiling of a piece of paper, presume you guilty until proven innocent, confiscate your property, and put people out of work.

We're from the government and we're here to help, remains the scariest phrase in the English language.

Posted by: Rusty at 02:46 PM

Comments

1 Yeah, don't blame the pencil-necked bean counter for this. He's just doing his job. He's just following orders. Just like all those German officers said at Nurnberg.

This employee, just like all gov employees are the problem. They know what they are doing, and do it anyway, because the boss said so.

Posted by: mikeh420 at February 26, 2013 03:10 PM

2 Obama and company plans to create problems like long lines at airports to punish the Republicans for defying him. Screw the public. He knows the public will blame the Republicans for the delays. Not him. His propaganda machine is much better than the Republican machine. We have a financial crisis and he's in North Carolina campaigning. For what is what I'm worried about? Longer term limits?
It's not the government. The government is set up correctly. It's the abuse by individuals that is the problem. The government is a cash cow and government employees aren't as smart as those wishing to take unfair advantage of it. Most of the extremely wealthy I personally know have either made their fortune in Real Estate or off the U.S. Taxpayers. The US Government is good. Those running it are shit.

Posted by: Frank at February 26, 2013 03:23 PM

3 Thank goodness you kept the receipts, otherwise you'd really be screwed.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at February 26, 2013 03:28 PM

4 Tax court is the only court where the burden of proof is on you to prove your accuser wrong. Even if the accuser is a fucking moron who doesn't have his shit strait.

Posted by: Darth Odie at February 26, 2013 03:43 PM

5 Been there. Done that.

Posted by: Sal at February 26, 2013 04:33 PM

6 A few years ago we paid our taxes on my husband's fairly modest preacher's salary. We then received a letter saying we owed more (six figures' worth) because even though all of our paperwork clearly showed a five-figure salary, a zero was added to the amount after the paperwork arrived at the IRS. Nobody doublechecked to see why our income had suddenly increased by a factor of ten, nor could we speak to a human about the obvious error. After turning in exactly the same paperwork again, we got a form letter that all but implied that they had fixed our problem for us.

Grrr.

Posted by: Cameron at February 26, 2013 04:46 PM

7 Rusty, you have seen the future, my friend. You can count on things getting worse, at a faster rate. By 2014, you won't believe what has happened, among which will be, yes, unlimited time as pResident.

Posted by: EROWMER at February 26, 2013 04:49 PM

8 Eh, I think that latter thing is way out there. I remember the Left saying it all the time about George W. "666" Bush. It was in the Patriot Act!

And I really don't blame the bureaucrats. That's what bureaucrats do. It's a problem of government control.

Posted by: Rusty at February 26, 2013 04:57 PM

9 Maybe someone should hold more government accountability investigations?

I can't believe I just said that. Forget it. We don't need another government agency headed by an Obama appointee.

Posted by: Frank at February 26, 2013 07:37 PM

10 "The agent then confessed that they were way behind in recording receipts
right now so there was no real way to know who had paid and who hadn't...I don't blame the pencil-necked bean counter for this. He's just doing his job."

Go ahead and blame him. He would be acting with greater morality if he were an accountant for a pimp.

Posted by: pst314 at February 26, 2013 08:54 PM

11 Just tell the agents, "I would have paid up all the taxes if I didn't have to pony up for all the greens fees for that Communist moron in The Oval Office!"

Posted by: Michael J. Bilek at February 26, 2013 09:55 PM

12 "Just following orders" will not be a defense when the revolution comes.

Posted by: timelarzen at February 27, 2013 12:27 AM

13 "4 Tax court is the only court where the burden of proof is on you to prove your accuser wrong. Even if the accuser is a fucking moron who doesn't have his shit strait."

You obviously are ignorant of countries run by leftists .....

Posted by: timelarzen at February 27, 2013 12:30 AM

14 this story dove tails nicely with a recent story about the government puting out feelers about "helping" people manage their 401k's by NATIONALIZING them.

yes thats right, the government has started puting out the word that they dont trust you with your money and they may need to step in and help yoou manage it. how very caring of them eh?

just like Dillinger who when asked why he robbed banks said becuase its where the money is, the feds who are running out of money to spend on an ever exponentially increasing mannor on things as far ranging as guns for mexican cartels and syrian jihaadis to obama phones for just about anyone who steps up and asks for one, to leftist cronies like solyndra they smell your money and they want it.

Posted by: rumcrook™ at February 27, 2013 12:37 AM

15 Rusty, I never realized you were so diplomatic. If the guy came into your wife's office and said, "I'm sorry, we're backlogged at the IRS. Could you please show me the receipts of your payment so I can verify you have paid your business taxes?" then I wouldn't blame him either.

But coming in demanding payment when he knows full well that it may have already been received is a shakedown. How many folks would have just forked over a redundant payment just to avoid trouble?

Another thought: could this have been a con artist attempting to extort money?

Posted by: Jedi Master Ivyan at February 27, 2013 01:32 AM

16 Hmm, the US government is behind to the tune of $16 trillion, but, hey, let's try to shake down the little guy.

Posted by: William Teach at February 27, 2013 09:54 AM






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