I hadn’t paid county taxes for my business income for the past year.
I felt guilty. (“Render unto Caesar . . . etc.”)
I contacted the county tax bureau. They sent me the tax form.
Thought I owed X dollars, plus late fees, interest, penalty for one year. Their records showed I hadn’t paid for four years. I gulped. 4 years times X dollars is a heap o’ money.
County cut me a break and I only had to pay for one year.
I learned that the reason I hadn’t paid was because THE COUNTY changed horses in mid-stream and didn’t transfer information from the old tax collector to the new one. It was up to us tax payers to proact.
I said, “There must be a lot of businesses who are in the same boat I’m in.” (i.e. in arears)
After an awkward pause, tax person said, “Yes, there’s quite a few.”
Check written. Case closed.
I feel good and clear.