In the mail today was a letter address to me from the state tax folks. What now?
They chose to inform me that I had not paid enough in estimated taxes last year. Yep, I know that.
They chose to inform me that they had calculated that I owed $10.88 in penalties and I would be receiving an assessment and a bill. Um, wrong!
I already figured my penalty and included it on my tax form and in the check that I sent to them.
AHA! A toll free number to call!
Mr. DOR says, "How can I help you?"
I say, "Today I received a letter stating that I owe a penalty. I've already paid the penalty. It was included in the check I sent. That amount was added, per instructions, to the amount of tax that I owed. My check was dated 3/8/12 and that is the date of payment on which I based my penalty."
Mr. DOR replies, "That does not show on your tax form."
I reply, "Yes, it does, it's on the bottom line where the form reads 'penalty'. I then added that amount, as instructed, to the payment amount line."
Mr. DOR says, "Oh, I guess the machine didn't pick that up."
So I confirmed that I would owe nothing more. Then I complained that they claimed my Mom hadn't filed her health care paperwork. He said many would receive those letters...mistakenly. So then I told him that my daughter's refund check had been sent to the wrong address.
Mr. DOR says, "You are having a time of it."
I wrote it all down, time, date, numbers, his name.........
(you can also see why I notsomuch love this state by going back a number of years to this post:
Yep, notsomuch love)