The owner of a Sacramento, California car wash says he is still not sure how an alleged debt of 4 pennies led to an uncomfortable conformation with federal agents. Aaron Zeff said the manager at the car wash he owns was confronted by two agents from the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the business owed the government 4 cents from the 2006 tax year. They said in the intervening years, penalties and late fees caused the debt to grow to more than $200. Zeff said he is in the process of resolving the problem with the IRS, and he did not know how penalties on four cents could reach more than $200. Zeff’s lawyer noted the agency probably spent more in time and gas to confront the business than the $200 alleged debt. Zeff told reporters, “There’s no malice here. “ (The IRS is) interested in doing their job and I’m just interested in staying in business,”
Zeff said the experience has motivated him to conduct a fundraiser, charging only 4 cents per car wash on April 15th. Zeff plans to donate anything paid above that amount to help a local shelter serve victims of domestic violence.
--IRS confronts car wash over alleged 4-cent debt, http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/03/15/20100315four-cent-debt-with-IRS-car-wash.html ; March 15, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Matthew 5:25-26 (HCSB) “Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. (26) I assure you: You will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!”