Today, the story breaks that OTR is sending out "mistaken" tax refund checks to people who owed taxes. WTOP has some details:
D.C.'s Office of Tax and Revenue has mistakenly sent refund checks to residents who actually owe taxes. In one case, a resident received a check for $2,886 -- the exact amount he owed.Now I'm not even sure what sort of "processing error" could result in a check being cut and sent out for the same amount of a tax bill that was already paid.
The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, received the check in early June and returned it with a letter alerting the chief financial officer to the error.
"The amount represents my total tax liability for 2008, which I have paid, not the amount due me in refund."
Natalie Wilson, a spokesperson for the Office of Tax and Revenue, says there was a "processing error" which is now being investigated.
"We don't believe this is widespread."
But D.C. Councilmember David Catania (I-At-Large) isn't so sure, considering one of the checks was sent to his home.
I've heard a good deal of stories about dealing with OTR, with tax payments being applied to the incorrect tax year, resulting in the IRS withholding federal refunds, etc. Not to mention it's a horrific experience attempting to speak to anyone from OTR about these matters. God help the poor person here who tried to return that check. I can only imagine how that will screw up their 2009 taxes.
I imagine Marion Barry received a hefty "mistake" check from OTR as well.