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Hello, my name is Alexander; thank you for posing your questions. I'm glad to help, but I'll need some additional information first.
1. Did you receive a notice from the New Jersey Division of Revenue, or was it another tax authority?
2. Did the phone number on the notice match the phone number on the NJ DOR's website?
It's unusual for a state DOR to send an account to collections: they have the power to subject your property to liens in order to secure their payment. Additionally, the states are able to confirm W-2 information through the IRS; however, you are required to have copies of your W-2 for the states.
The state of NJ should definitely have sent you an initial notice of deficiency, followed up by a demand notice. It's very unusual that a collection agency would be involved. I would recommend going to the NJ DOR website, and calling them on the number there to ask about any notices/deficiencies. Find out from them exactly what's been sent and request another copy of the last notice. It does sound fishy; if NJ DOR isn't of help, I recommend contacting a tax attorney licensed to practice in your area for further assistance.
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