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The amount is so high probably due to penalties and interest on to of the original amount that was allegedly owed. California can be very aggressive when it comes to ta enforcement. This should be a misunderstanding as you weren't aware of the state's attempts to contact you. To stop it, a call needs to be made first to the EDD for an explanation as to how the amount got so high. Then perhaps a tax attorney to determine if the amount can be reduced to an amount where it would make retaining legal counsel make sense, in other words the benefits of retaining legal counsel would outweigh the costs.
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