states are becoming more aggressive with tax
collection, and recently have been engaging private collection companies to pursue collections. It's more frustrating than dealing directly with the state, and most people find the collection people unwilling to work with them or provide any information or do any work to investigate issues. they just want $.
I suggest that you go around Pioneer Credit Recovery and contact NJ directly. I do not believe you have to deal with the bill collectors directly, but can choose to negotiate directly with NJ. You should confirm any efforts or payments made by the business and/or any other owners. You should also confirm your personal liability, since you are not normally personally responsible for interest and penalties charged to the business. Once your personal assessment
is made, it will be interest bearing.
The web page (http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation
/email.shtml) provides several ways to contact them directly, including electronically today.
You should also review the NJ Taxpayers Bill of Rights at http://www.nj.gov/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj1.pdf to see if there are specific rights that will help your case.
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