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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Maid Owes IRS $80, Gets $122,783.51 Refund Check

Laura Schultz, a Denver house cleaner with Sunshine Maids, owed the IRS $80 but instead received a refund check for $122,783.51.  She contacted the IRS and was told to void the check.  "The IRS says it cannot comment on what caused the error, but Schultz still has to pay the $80 she owed."

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She should have kept the money and purchased gold coins.

Posted by: escapefromobamastan | Aug 26, 2009 1:29:35 AM

The 64 million dollar question?

Why say anything?

Why did you not cash the Check?

um, at very least if the IRS noticed the transaction you pay it back end of story, there is nothing illegal in cashing a check?

Posted by: Confused | Aug 26, 2009 1:59:14 AM

The large refund check was probably supposed to go to one of Obama's henchmen instead.

Posted by: Colonel | Aug 26, 2009 4:37:12 AM

@ Colonel. Pathetic way to spend your day, isn't it? Attributing every error to Obama. Must suck having your anger eat you alive.

Posted by: Feronia | Aug 26, 2009 7:50:28 AM

You don't cash the check because every day you keep it you are liable for interest. 26 USC 7405(c)

Posted by: TaxGuy | Aug 27, 2009 2:15:11 PM