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Monday, November 02, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "IDOR puts a stop to tax letters amid complaints"

Sandra Chapman, WTHR investigative reporter, has the story this afternoon, plus a copy of the letter. Some quotes:

Some 150,000 Indiana taxpayers are on the receiving end of a letter from the Department of Revenue accusing them of being possible tax cheats. But there's a big problem. The State of Indiana admits many of those receiving the letters don't owe a dime.

Now they're ordering a state contractor to immediately stop the mailings and apologize for the confusion.

13 Investigates was contacted by taxpayers in Greenwood, Brownsburg, Fishers and Muncie. * * *

Those on the receiving end say it implies they're possible tax cheats and they're furious.

One Delaware County taxpayer spoke with us by phone:

"To send a letter out like this, it's just irresponsible. My anger is with the leadership and the administration that allowed something like this to go out. Just sent out as a mass mailing, hoping to nail someone who has a guilty conscience," the man told 13 Investigates after providing copies of the letter he was sent.

No one at the Indiana Department of Revenue would talk on camera Monday.

But a spokeswoman says the letters are simply informational and were sent out to help taxpayers catch up on their bills with no penalties, interests or collection fees before the tax amnesty program expires in two weeks.

The letters were sent to individuals and businesses flagged under certain parameters but not fully reviewed. The 150,000 letters were sent as part of a mailing list that revenue officials say the agency did not approve.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 2, 2015 04:29 PM
Posted to Indiana Government