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Whee, a Lawsuit!

I think it's time that I educate myself a little more about how government works. Or, in my case, about how government screws up. I'm going in with pretty low expectations given my experience with jury duty, but there's definitely a very slim chance something good will happen.

Yes, this is another chapter in the story of how the Oregon Department of Revenue botched my 2005 amended taxes. They ignored my pointed letter asking them to admit their mistake, instead sending a Notice of Deficiency Assessment in which they've added a $4.44 penalty for my failure to pay.

So I'm going to take the Oregon Department of Revenue to tax court. It's going to cost me $25 to file — much more than the $9.90 in penalty and interest they're seeking — but this isn't about the money. This is about the State being an ass, behaving as if they neither have to justify their claims nor admit their errors. I don't know about you guys, but I'm tired of being pushed around.

I'm going to be a plaintiff! I'm so excited!! :)

I'll pay now and seek a judgement for $36.09 plus interest, my filing fee plus postage for my three letters plus the the $9.90 at dispute only because they issued me a refund they shouldn't have. It looks like my bank waived the fee to get a copy of the refund check from their archives (it's good to know your bankers) or I would've sought that, too.

Obviously I'm going for the full immersion experience, so I'll be representing myself.


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