I have been going round and round with the State
of Ohio's Attorney General. They contacted me two years ago wanting payment for unfiled taxes
for the years 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006. Plus the interest
accrued on arbitrary amounts of income
. The totals came to nearly $19000.
However, I had filed those years, and every year since I began working as a minor. In fact, I'm almost positive I received returns
for each of those years. But I cannot prove that I filed, accept for the year 2001, because I no longer have the paperwork. I do however have each and every w-2
and source of income stating that taxes were indeed paid. The state's website also says it's not necessary to save filings
beyond four years. Though I do save for 7.
At the same time, the state also placed four liens
against my credit
, and contacted collection
agencies to begin demanding the payments. I contested the allegations in the time parameters, and they wanted proof of my filing anyway. I subsequently hired a tax la firm to handle the matter, and they suggested I refile the years in question proving I didn't owe monies to begin with, and have the state adjust accordingly.
As the adjustments
were made, it became very clear that I didn't owe anything on three of the years, and owed a few hundred on the fourth. We were then ready to pay the small amount due, (though I still didn't think we should be paying anything), when the collection company's representative, LOST all of the paperwork, case filings, and suddenly didn't remember ANY of what we had all agreed upon to this point. Unbelievable. To our amazement, we had to start the entire process over again, because after weeks of going back and forth to jog his memory, and letting him "search" for the mountains of paperwork, he still insisted none of us
had ever begun the process to begin with.
My tax attorneys were furious. Not only had they been paid to do me a service, which was lengthy, now they had to do it again. So, we resubmitted the EXACT same paperwork to this representative again, and now the totals are coming out completely different, and I owe more money now.
So, in the last three years, my credit has been ruined, and I pay higher interest on every loan I submit to. I have paid a tax law
firm thousands of dollars, have had to resubmit filings from more than a decade ago, had those lost, had to submit for a third time the years in question, and, have to deal with an obviously overworked, or, incompetent individual
whose poor work has caused me tons of money, good credit, time, reputation, and health issues over this case.
I have contacted the state directly, and they say I have to work with him, and wont help me any further.
I have always paid my taxes, and always will. It is very important to our public servants, cities, states, and country to do our part in this manner. I always volunteer with local
services, and often work with charities. If I owe money, I will certainly pay. But this entire thing seems quite shady and odd. How could one protect one's self from this happening down anyone's road of there is no time limit to which the state can ask for proof of filing if their OWN website says you don't have to keep records after 4 years. AND, the one person I'm allowed to deal with, that controls something so critical to my family's well being cannot give me concrete results for anything thus far.
Can anyone help me? I will pay someone to help me make this just go away. Do I have a case at all?