jaylectricity: I tried that once. I had never claimed my work truck as a business expense on my personal taxes. After 3 years I realized that I could do that. So I tried to deduct all three years at once.That's when the IRS entered my life.
sethen320: The article never said if they were late or anything else. Are these AR payments they decided to sit on for 10 years, or did they just re-bill everyone? Something tells me an amateur journalist is trying to stir up controversy.
Loren: jaylectricity: I tried that once. I had never claimed my work truck as a business expense on my personal taxes. After 3 years I realized that I could do that. So I tried to deduct all three years at once.That's when the IRS entered my life.No surprise, you were in the wrong.To fix it you have to amend the two previous years, not simply claim it all now.sethen320: The article never said if they were late or anything else. Are these AR payments they decided to sit on for 10 years, or did they just re-bill everyone? Something tells me an amateur journalist is trying to stir up controversy.I think it's pretty clear--they sent out bills for all delinquent garbage bills.
Loren: No surprise, you were in the wrong.
sethen320: Did you win?
jaylectricity: I'm winning right now...but the game isn't over.
Satanic_Hamster: I once got a bill for long distance calls that spanned over eight months. In the fall. During college. So it covered two temp. roommates that I had during the summer and two other roommates that moved out or were on co-cop. Eventually got all the money expect from one person, who was a douchebag.Can't imagine getting an utility bill that's a decade old.
jaylectricity: Loren: No surprise, you were in the wrong.Yup...and quite great how they handled it.sethen320: Did you win?I'm winning right now...but the game isn't over.
jaylectricity: jaylectricity: I'm winning right now...but the game isn't over.Hmmm...just a thought...whether you're winning or losing, the game isn't over. You can still win or lose...or maybe you could force the game to be over.
sethen320: You trolling? Nah, doesn't look like it...I can imagine the conversation between you and the roomies was a bit heated. They give you any flack?
hlehmann: FTA: The city says anyone who can produce a receipt or canceled check for the fees will have their payment certified as paid.So you're supposed to prove that you paid a ten year old bill, but the city doesn't need to prove that you actually owed them that money to begin with?
sethen320: Very profound, yet kind of depressing sounding.
jaylectricity: sethen320: Very profound, yet kind of depressing sounding.You can still win, keep your head up.
ProfessorOhki: Scranton last week sent out 7,800 garbage bills dating from 1999 through last year - prompting a crush of residents to descend on the treasurer's office Tuesday to either pay up or complain.So they either paid (win for the city) or complained (neutral for the city). The logic is ridiculous, but save a lawsuit, how can the city lose?
Satanic_Hamster: sethen320: You trolling? Nah, doesn't look like it...I can imagine the conversation between you and the roomies was a bit heated. They give you any flack?Two paid without question, one paid but took a few weeks (nice guy but a bit of a putz). Last one, Chris Welch, welched on the entire thing.Thing was, it was only like eight bucks.
Satanic_Hamster: Not enough money to persue in court, not enough to risk legal charges over beating the stupid out of him or just shooting him, just ate it.
usernameguy: I wonder how many people complaining about this also complain about the 47% mooching off THEIR TAX DOLLARS to get free stuff.
buzzcut73: My tax CSB: I got a bill in the mail this past May from the state of Misery, claiming I owed them $2500 in taxes, $1700 or so in penalties and $500 and change in interest from 2009. Problem was I had moved out of Missouri in 2007, and hadn't been there for more than a week since then. They even sent the bill to the address I had moved to back then (HI) which got bounced back to them, they found my new address (NM) and put the notice in a new envelope and mailed it down here.
sethen320: I kind of laughed at the Chris Welch welched thing.I can imagine those were some fairly uncomfortable emails to write. I certainly wouldn't want to do it, but fair's fair. If you're fronting the cash for a service there's certainly nothing wrong with keeping track of the usage by people who are using it.I've been kicked a few times on fronting for friends. At this point if anyone asks me if they can "borrow" money I just give it to them if it's a reasonable amount because collection isn't worth it. Hell, I gave my last car (I had already bought a new one) to a buddy because he swore he would make payments. After the 2nd one it was obvious he was done. In the interest of saving our friendship I let him have the title for his birthday, but I learned to NEVER make that mistake again.You win some, you lose some. It sounds like you did what you could and didn't get burned too bad. You still talk to any of them?
BoxOfBees: Knowing what I know about the history of garbage collection in that city, the residents who did not pay the bills still got what they paid for. They have had some notorious strikes and lapses in service in that trashy city.
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