Originally posted by ShadowAngel85
It's a good made spot that warns people to pay their taxes. What's wrong with that? Of course that organisation knows who you are and how much money
you owe them, that's been the way since forever. At least they give people the chance to stay on the good side of the law.
It's just a well made spot, nothing more, nothing less.
I work in a law firm and we have received official notices in the mail from this state program. They are real. Other law firms we work with have
received the same. They are regarding income taxes, property taxes, inheritance taxes, etc. Basically any type of tax that you can think of.
The problem here is that some of these notices go back to the 1980’s. There was, in many cases, never any notice that these taxes were delinquent
in the first place. In fact, when we checked our records based upon the notices we received, we found that we thought our clients’ tax obligations
were paid in full. In fact, we have statements from the State confirming that they were!
But then, the friendly State turns around – again 20+ years later
– and says, “ Ohhhh, when we said in 1987 that you owed $1,000 we
really meant $1,500. Please pay the penalties and interest for the last 25 years on that extra $500. Oh, BTW; that 25 years of penalties and interest
is about $10,000. But we’ll take $2,000 and call it even.” They just want to help (cough)
Now, as a law firm, we are prepared to fight most of these because we do have some documentation. But what is the average person supposed to do? Who
the hell even keeps those kind of records? Who keeps their tax returns from 20 years ago? Answer: almost nobody and the State knows it. Even for some
people with good representation and records, it still may be cheaper to just pay the State off instead of trying to fight it.
End result: most suckers – by that I mean Pennsylvania taxpayers – will get scared and think: Gee, I’d rather pay the $2,000 and be done with
It’s an extortion racket run by a crime syndicate that many know as the Government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is real.