| Wednesday, July 12, 2000 - 04:05 pm |
In my ongoing dispute with my previous computer vendor, (I WILL post the details as soon as I got time) it has come to the point where the sales manager claims that he gave me invoices for the last 2 computers I bought. Here's a quote from a recent E-mail:
"As I mentioned before. I might not have accesss to invoices over a year. Again it is your responsibility to furnish proof."
The sales manager had demanded cash for the "special deal" I was getting and did NOT give me an invoice or ANYTHING.
I'm sure that a fairly competent attorney could establish in cross examination that their sales manager lied to me again and again and again. I do have quite a bit of other documentation such as E-mail correspondence and repair receipts, a witness for the cash deal in 2/99, and several E-mailed accounting requests that were ignored.
I was going to sue before leaving for Alaska, but I still haven't found an attorney yet, in part due to my ongoing computer problems.
While I've never ever considered turning anyone in to the IRS, I am now so pissed off, I'm considering it. I'm out over $3,000 on the computer deal (including the lemon they sold me and failed to repair properly) and it's been a TREMENDOUS amount of hassle.
It took me a week and over 5 hours just to order and PAY for a keyboard for a machine that's under an extended 4 year ON-SITE warranty. I DO have the original warranty certificate.
Because of their inability to look up the cash purchases on their system (amazingly, they always DO find my very first computer in their system,) I'm beginning to think that they're not paying taxes on those cash deals.
And quite frankly, I'd rather be a witness for the IRS/Franchise Tax Board than having to sue them at my expense after Alaska.
Does anyone have any info and/or EXPERIENCE on IRS/Franchise Taxboards rewards?
I really don't care about the IRS getting their tax money, I just want back what those bastards owe me. And, I'd definitely get some satisfaction out of making THEIR life miserable for a while. I've been through hell and back with their awful tech support, warranty service and especially, the ongoing lies.
Nothing bothers me more than people lying to me and stealing my money. I just got another formletter from the Cal. AG's office, thanking me for my complaint. I don't even know which complaint it was, they didn't bother to reference. Obviously complaining to the State about their refusal to honor warranties, etc. is a waste of time. And they NEVER get you money.
Any recommendations/experiences will be greatly appreciated!
| Wednesday, July 12, 2000 - 04:06 pm |
Oh, forgot to mention, I expect to easily find the official IRS/FTB info, but am hoping to get some practical advise.
| Thursday, July 13, 2000 - 11:11 pm |
From http://www.irs.gov/ :
"HELPER, UT Ima Reitter, official thank you note writer for the IRS, was treated and released from Community General Hospital this morning. Reitter suffered serious writer's cramp after attempting to write thank you notes to the tens of thousands of volunteers and organizations that provided assistance during this past tax filing season."
Is this the daily IRS joke?
| Thursday, July 13, 2000 - 11:26 pm |
Information and Informants' Rewards Handbook
They've got an entire HANDBOOK on this?
"[104.4] 2.5 (04-27-1999)
In accordance with Policy Statement P-4-86, the Service will allow rewards to informants as follows:
For specific and responsible information that caused the investigation and resulted in the recovery, or was a direct factor in the recovery, the reward shall be 15 percent of the amounts recovered, with the total reward not exceeding $2 million.
For information that caused the investigation and was of value in the determination of tax liabilities although not specific, the reward shall be 10 percent of the amount recovered, with the total reward not exceeding $2 million.
For information that causes the investigation, but had no direct relationship to the determination of tax liabilities, the reward shall be 1 percent of the amount recovered, with the total reward not exceeding $2 million.
No reward will be paid if the recovery was so small as to call for payment of less than $100.00 under the above formulas ... "
This page just goes on and on and on and on, yet it still seems easier than finding a lawyer.
| Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 11:52 am |
Great news for people doing "CASH" sales in California:
I called the Tax Evasion Hotline 1-888-334-3300. Twice the people answering told me they didn't know a thing about tax evasion and that I dialed wrong. Then I spoke to a supervisor, who told me that there is no reward.
It appears I would shoot myself in the foot by "filing a complaint," as they call it. The State might put them out of business, leaving nobody for me to sue.
There is the possibility of filing the complaint and having them look for my invoice, just prior to my law suit.
"You must keep sales and use tax records for four years unless the Board gives written authorization for earlier destruction. This applies to all records that pertain to transactions involving sales or use tax liability."
So I got lots of time.
I've always been amazed how openly companies in California evade sales tax. NOW I know why, they've got nothing to worry about.
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