Local man gets hefty tax bill in error

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Posted on June 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 15 at 10:44 AM

(KMOV) – Imagine getting a tax bill for more than $250,000 that doesn’t belong to you.

Joe Thaman got a final notice certified letter from the Missouri Department of Revenue threatening liens on his property and demanding payment of $266,000. It also even threatened his professional license, something he does not have.


He had plenty of evidence that the bill was not his: the last four digits of the social security number were wrong and so was the middle initial of the name.

When asked what went wrong, the Department of Revenue said that there are 3 million individual income tax returns filed each year in Missouri, and the Department of Revenue is not infallible as mistakes happen from time to time.

A few weeks after receiving the bill, Thaman got a letter saying the tax bill was an error. He says he plans to hold onto all of the paperwork just in case problems arise in the future.

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