Swept up by the tax collector

  • Article by: LORA PABST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 4, 2010 - 9:23 AM

The Blaschkos were told they had to prove they didn't owe $8,574 to the state Revenue Department.

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baloney2Oct. 2, 10 7:18 PM

The revenue agents seldom lose.In this specific case they made a very serious error,but 95% of the time they win in court decisions after they have seized your property,ruined your credit,and taken away your sense of security. This is not simply the IRS,it is the local and state authorities. It is a major reason you hire accountants and lawyers who wrote these regulations and are funded by these regulations,just as lawyers are funded by the Sierra Club.

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vortex100Oct. 2, 10 7:45 PM

in the comment section. The Minnesota Department of Revenue can easily discover who you are by threatening the Star Tribune staff and come after you if you say anything against them. Oops, I've said too much already. Bye.

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karastiOct. 2, 1010:51 PM

information on file with the state is from 1990, how is that the state's problem? Obviously he's not liable. But in cases like these, they go to a particular person within the department, who handles all of it. These cases aren't handled by the agents who answer the phone, which is why I don't entirely believe what the wife said. They don't just all of a sudden take everything away from you. There are many, MANY letters that go out before they can even start those processes, and a certain period of time has to pass as well. Generally unless you don't bother to contact them, they'll work with anything you can do. It's not as if they send you a letter and next month you lose your bank account and your home. It's a very long process, and while it's not perfect, it's one of the best debt collection businesses in the entire world. Best=successful. And if you don't owe, they give you more than ample time to prove it. There is more to this story.

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democratslieOct. 3, 10 2:33 AM

Obama and the Democrats are hellbent on getting as much money as they possibly can get so they can reward their welfare and union voting base with freebies. Innocent people will be swept up in ever-rising tide of DEMOCRAT GREED.

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ak1966Oct. 3, 10 9:58 AM

To democratslie. Did you even read the article. First the collection effort was mostly for tax money collected from employees or custormers that was not remitted (kind of like theft). Second, the collection effort was by the Revenue Departement of the State of Minnesota. If you simply have to find government fault, then why not toward Governor Pawlenty?

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crbernOct. 3, 1010:23 AM

This is part of Mark Dayton's. Increase collecitons on unpaid taxes. Hold onto your shorts.

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spiritof76Oct. 3, 1010:37 AM

has very little to do with which party controls the house or senate. It's been ongoing for many many years. I would like to see i.p. address along with the user names posted. I have a suspicion that many of the political postings under differnt names come from the same location.

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davidp67530Oct. 3, 10 2:58 PM

Even if you haven't lived in Minnesota for 20 years or more, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will track you down if you live out of state and suspect you owe back taxes in Minnesota. Keep tax receipts for 50 years or more because the state of Minnesota might ask you to prove you don't owe back taxes from 1960.

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LilBeaverOct. 3, 10 6:35 PM

While it may cost slightly more to hire a lawyer to file your taxes I have found that most years you can save more than the additional costs since a lawyer will seek out any and all deductions you are able to claim, while most accountants will only take those that are specified in their training booklets!

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hobie2Oct. 3, 10 7:47 PM

they can just hire a lawyer for $25,000 who will settle it out for half. That's the way the system works - once charged, get professional "help". Then once you are out of money, neither the lawyers nor the taxmen will bother you. Nice society, btw.

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