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Letters to the Editor

IRS head-scratcher

To the Editor:

I have an IRS story to share while they’re still tied to the whipping post. This is a real head-scratcher.

I received a letter from the IRS concerning a contractor I use. Not being an employee, I couldn’t understand why they were coming to me. The letter stated that I was responsible for a levy the IRS had placed on this individual.

Conferring with my accountant, it was made clear that I would have to oblige the IRS if I was to continue using this gentleman’s services. He readily admits he screwed up while going through a divorce.

I value his services, so I instructed my accountant to set up the garnish. Let me preface this by saying I’m his biggest account. From this point forward, he is to receive no more than $833 a month from me because he has zero dependents. Everything in excess goes to the IRS. Here’s the kicker; this gentleman is responsible for paying taxes on all the money he’s made, not just received. My best estimate is 18 months to pay off back taxes.

There is no way he’ll be able to pay current income taxes and break the cycle. With penalties and interest, the IRS has basically created an indentured servant.

Steve Moore

Cary

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