IRS priorities

If you’re Timothy Geithner, or seven other Obama appointees, or countless members of Congress, paying your taxes is no big deal. However, if you are a private citizen, the IRS will send two agents for less than a nickel:

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.

And then the story gets weird:

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. . .

Now he’s trying to figure out how penalties and interest could climb so high on such a small debt. He says he’s never been told he owes any taxes or that he’s ever incurred any late-payment penalties in the four years he’s owned Harv’s.

In fact, he provided us with an Oct. 22, 2009, letter from the IRS that states Harv’s “has filed all required returns and addressed any balances due.”

One hand of the IRS tells him that he’s in the clear, while the other is accruing interest and penalties at a rate of 743% per year. I can’t imagine where the IRS gets its bad reputation.

(Via the Corner.)

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