Thursday, February 18, 2010

The taxman cometh - after 30 years

Tax clamp on gramps

The state is targeting a new group of alleged tax deadbeats: elderly residents with 30-year-old bills -- and little chance of finding the paperwork to rebut their cases.

They include an 85-year-old retired Army major from Queens who says he is worried sick after being told he has an outstanding bill from 1975 that, with interest, has ballooned to more than $29,000.

"If I owed them that much, why didn't they tell me before?" said Luther Gatling of Rochdale Village.

Thousands of tax bills went out in recent weeks to individuals and former business owners with accounts still open with the state. Many of the invoices target elderly people who say they settled their accounts years ago.

Gatling's notice said that, under a new state debt-forgiveness program, if he acts before March 15, he will have to pay only about $6,500.

A spokeswoman for the state Taxation Department said she could not comment on a private tax bill.


Anonymous said...

wow we wow, does this mean that A,Sharpton, D.Dinkins, and Cong. Rangel will have to pay their back taxes? does not the obama Sec.of Treasury,Geitner have a tax due also?

darn,why is it always democrats? are they immune from spreading the wealth?

Anonymous said...

Can we stop concentrating on tax bills from 1975..and concentrate on ALL THE ILLEGALS WHO KEEP ON POPPING KIDS THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR..By the way..I think the all live in Queens!

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a statute of limitations on this shit. How can someone fight a tax bill from 35 years ago. Sooner or later these thievin politicians will start sending bogus tax bills to everyone.

God help us all!!!

Anonymous said...

They have probably all been paid long ago. Looks like they will be rewarded for clerical error and incompetence.