Where Were They For Geithner And Rangel?

Two IRS agents showed up at a car wash in Sacramento to collect back taxes. The agents incurred travel expenses and were paid their salaries in order to collect a whopping 4 cents.

It was every businessperson’s nightmare.

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.

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. The Sacramento Bee

OK, so with penalties the balance was a little over 200 dollars which begs the question, how much interest and penalties are levied to turn 4 cents into 200 dollars in just four years?

The troubling thing here is that the IRS would waste time and money to collect 4 cents (plus the penalties and interest) when it ignored Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel along with who knows how many others who failed to pay their taxes. And to top it off, the IRS waived any penalties and interest for Geithner.

This is nothing more than an abuse of power and whoever authorized this should be fired. Let’s face it, the 4 cents that was originally owed would not make a dent in the budget deficit and the IRS does not require anyone to pay taxes owed if the amount due is less than one dollar (and it will not refund any amount overpaid if it is under a dollar unless a refund is requested).

This also means that the owner should not have had interest and penalties assessed.

From the IRS:
How To Pay

If you have an amount due on your tax return, you can pay by check, money order, credit or debit card. If you filed electronically, you also may be able to make your payment electronically.
You do not have to pay if the amount you owe is less than $1. [This emphasis mine]

I guess this is a sign of the times to come. The government is so anxious to spend our money that it will go to any length to squeeze out every last cent from us.

I don’t know how this happened but it is wrong no matter how one views it.

Big Dog

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2 Responses to “Where Were They For Geithner And Rangel?”

  1. Geithner? Rangel? They’re ruling class! The elite! Besides, their hearts are in the right place, don’t y’know. They’re “progressives” who want to level us all with the Burmese and the Cubans. The Long Arm of the Law can’t reach that high!

    It’s folly to expect justice, or even consistency, from an apparatus designed to oppress. I submit the IRS as Exhibit One.

  2. LD Jackson says:

    For starters, I know from experience that the IRS intends to collect every dime they feel they are owed by the average American citizen. After our oldest daughter was married, I neglected to remove her as a dependent on my W2. A simple oversight that resulted in my wife and I owing taxes at the end of the year in 2008. The company that filled out my taxes told me to pay what I could and as long as I was paying, it would be okay. They did warn me that I would receive some very nasty letters, which is what happened. The entire amount owed was less than $500, but no matter what amount I sent them, it wasn’t enough. Thank God, I finally got it paid off, but it is indicative of how overbearing the IRS is to the average American citizen.

    As for Rangel, I have no idea how he stayed in control of tax policy as long as he did. Kind of like the fox guarding the hen house. He and Geithner are like a lot of people in Obama’s administration. They seem to think they are above and beyond the law. Somehow, some way, people like them need to be held accountable.