Fight or Pay

Today TaxMama hears from John in New York, who has this complaint. “I have two IRS lien releases that were sent to NYC register’s office for official filing on their ACRIS website records. They have failed to add them to their database, despite two visits to registers office. Now, they want $40 from me and the official copies of the two documents IRS sent me. I won’t pay this fee, since the IRS sent them copies to be posted on the website. I have complained to commissioner several times and yet nothing has been done. Is there anything else that can be done to make the City Register dept. act responsibly and do their job?”

Dear John

As I see it, you have two choices:]

1) You can continue to raise your blood pressure and get hopping mad because things aren’t working out the way they should. And potentially end up with a heart attack and/or alienate or bore all your friends because you keep talking about this problem without cease. And keep the
blot on your credit while you go around not getting any help from the government.


2) You can take the simpler, more mature tack – pay the $40. Clear your credit. Get this over with.

And, if you really feel like it, sue IRS and/or your official Register or Clerk to get your $40 back and to get local publicity about the issue.

Personally, I would pay the $40 and get on with my life.

I have too many things to enjoy to make a big deal about minor inconveniences. Don’t you?

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