IRS plays confusing you owe – we owe gameby The Associated Press on Jan. 05, 2009, under Edge, Nation/World
DETROIT – James Howarth is a little confused by two letters he has received from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Detroit defense lawyer received one letter in November that said he owed the IRS money – five cents.
He was warned that he should pay “to avoid additional penalty and/or interest,” the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.
Howarth says he then received a second letter telling him the government owes him money – four cents.
He was told he would have to request the refund since it’s less than $1.
“When I owe them a nickel, I must pay them. It’s not optional,” he said. “But when they owe me, I have to ask for it.”
Howarth says he’s not sure if there is a connection between the two notices, or if the refund represents a recalculation of the original bill.