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  • 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.
  • These people should be happy they aren't being charged interest on their late payments.

    You can fark with businesses, but you can't fark with the government.
  • Ah Scranton, you continue to amuse me.
  • 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.
  • but I could be trolling...

    ;)
  • 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.


    Did you win?
  • 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.
  • 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.


    Yeah, I'd like to look at their books.
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    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.


    Sorry, I guess I missed that part.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • well a collection agency is doing it and i am sure that there will be no mistakes being made by sending people who have paid for their bill and still have the recent from 10 years ago.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • 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.


    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?
  • Got a parking ticket notice from 14 years ago.... My plate, my town at the time. I could not possibly argue it, so I paid....

    Not a bad deal for the city, or me. Drunk.
  • OK, now I see what's going on.
  • 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.


    I got into a tangle with the IRS over some unreported trades about 7 years ago. Bottom line is I was a dumbass and thought that if i took a net loss (because I was REALLY bad at trading then) I don't have to even report the transactions on my taxes. Yeah, that's not true. It took a lot of my time to straighten that out but I still have my "free and clear" letter that I was told to hold on to in the event they come after me again. I guess I'm winning, yet I still lost (money). It was a learning experience anyway.
  • 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.


    Very profound, yet kind of depressing sounding.
  • 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. Made threats, went into this bizarre rant on how I was such a dick for leaving notes for his share of utilities (all utilities were in my name, we'd split everything 3 ways down the middle, except long distance phone charges; I'd leave a note on roommates desks w/ the full breakdown of thier share for that month. apparently Chris leaving a note this was way the greatest insult ever), refused to pay.

    Thing was, it was only like eight bucks. He didn't even accuse me of lying about the bill (I was apologetic when I sent out the emails, explained what the phone company had done, gave a list of all the times/dates/calls made, etc). Didn't even dispute any of the charges; just claimed I was an asshole for leaving the detailed notes during the summer so he wasn't going to pay.

    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.
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
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