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It's hard to see why they say that, unless there was some mistake in your return .
From their site:
An addition to tax is imposed for failure to file or failure to pay. An addition to tax is imposed for failure to fileby the due date at the rate of 5 percent per month, not to exceed 25 percent of the unpaid balance.
so that should be ... not to exceed $25 in you case
What may be happening here, is that they are not taking withholding into account at all
Also, just fund this:
Residents who receive a notice of adjustment or notice of deficiency must file their official protest of deficiency disputing their tax liabilities within 60 days.
Taxpayers can file appeals with the Administrative HearingCommission, an independent state government agency, to appeal the Department of Revenue's Final Determination ruling within 30 days of when the Department of Revenue mails its decision.
Here's an excellent overview: http://www.justanswer.com/tax/7uufs-live-state-missouri-file-taxes-every.html
Sorry that was the URL for THIS site ... Here we go: http://www.ehow.com/info_7976389_missouris-statute-limitations-tax-debt.html
Did you have taxes withheld from your pay?
If your amount of 100 is even close then there's really something wrong with that $3000 number
I would speak with either a CPA or a tax attorney, but if there were funds withheld, you should be able to file at anytime to show that the amount you owe is not the entire amount... if that is what is making the number spo big
especially if you are within a year or so
Here's an attorney in MO that specializes in tax issues: http://www.carnahanlaw.com/IRS/motaxcollection.html
My advice wold be to file your return with them as soon as possible ... WHen you don't file they will calculate the number with whatever information they have
By filing your tax return - you are informing the department of revenue about your actual tax liability. They will review your tax return and if accepted,this assessment will be relieved.
Most of thme when they do this, they don't even use all of the deductions and credits that may be coming to you ... it
's essentially a scare tactic
By filing, you take all of that off the table and THEN you may owe a little interest
I still don't see you coming into the chat, so I'll move us to the Q&A mode ... we can still continue a dialogue there, just not in real-time chat as we can here
Let me know if you have further questions, but if you received a letter like this ... http://www.sedm.org/SampleLetters/States/Missouri/MO-ReqToFile2-20060924.pdf ... you need to simply send in your taxes, so that the amount owed can be adjusted.
hope this helps
... just checking back in, as I never saw you come into the chat.
Again, they are probably simply calculating the tax without applying any of the deductions, credits or withholding that may apply.
Sending in your return (I would send it by certified mail/return receipt, so you have proof that it was received) is what will give them enough information to adjust the tax owed to right number.
We mailed in our return when my husband sent the letter. We did have taxes withheld from our income that year. I don't remember a letter like that, but the letter we received today said we had ten days to pay. There is just no way I see that it is right for them to demand $3000+ from me when we only owed a little over $100. We had a refund this year of almost $160 which they took to put towards our last years return. It looks like we will have to contact some expert as we are not going to be "scared" into paying something we do not owe.