My interactions with the IRS have always been positive given the issues I've had to address with them. The employees are usually cordial, they'll usually supply you with information when needed and their notices are always detailed which makes solving problems much easier.
That would not be true of any of my interactions with the Ohio Department of Taxation.
Yesterday, one of my clients received a notice that part of her tax refund would be offset from a tax assessment from 1988!
Nevermind, that my client has had refunds prior to this date that the state did not offset. But how is it that it's taken 23 years to notify my client of this issue?
Of course they note the assessment number on the notice so you can call and find out what it's actually for. But how do you dispute something from 23 freakin' years ago?
The amount is relatively small ($193.77 which is probably a $50 tax plus penalty and interest for the past 23 years ).
But this is not an exception but the rule for ODOT. The state makes assessments all the time without notice. If they do send you a notice, it often lacks any detail for what it's about. Would you pay a $50.00 bill site unseen for something you believe you've paid.
In addition, when I've responded to the state on behalf of my clients, they never respond back; even when requested. As a result, you have no idea whether they've accepted your challenge or not to just have a refund snatched up 23 years after the fact.
I personally ran into this same issue. ODJFS filed a lien on my property in 2002 for taxes not paid in 2003. I never knew about it until I needed to refinance my property when the title company picked it up. I called a guy I knew at ODJFS and he told me that he didn't see anything due to ODJFS. My quote was "well there must be something due, ODJFS filed a lien on taxes that weren't even due when they filed the lien. Clearly some clairvoyant must have seen something coming."
So when voters get to vote on supporting public unions this is the kind of bullshit that sits in their crawl. Consider it 23 years of hostility that residents of this state will be able to unleash on the public unions this November.
I'm convinced that ODOT is run by unemployed mobsters and Teamsters from the Youngstown area.
My property is probably in jeopardy now.