Sacramento Car Wash Gets IRS Visit Over 4 Cents

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A Sacramento business owner was surprised to find representatives from the Internal Revenue Service on his doorstep to collect unpaid taxes. But he was stunned to discover they were billing him for less than a nickel of back taxes.

When two federal agents hand-delivered the bill to Harv’s Metro Car Wash, owner Aaron Zeff didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

“[They] came into the car wash, handed my manager a bill, and it was from the IRS,” Zeff said. “The amount was four cents, four pennies.”

The IRS agents did not stop to get a car wash, Zeff added.

The bill sparked laughter until Zeff took a closer look at the final cost. After three years of penalties and fees, the four-cent tax skyrocketed to more than $200.

“This is more like a parking ticket,” he said.

Ashley West, the attorney representing the car wash, said the IRS sent a letter in October saying the business had filed all required taxes and did not have a balance.

“It was a surprise to us that they came on site and surprise to us we didn’t receive and correspondence related to it,” West said.

Harv’s said they are working with the IRS to find a resolution.

The car wash is also planning a special promotion: Pay your taxes on time and get a car wash for just four cents.

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