Told you owe tax? Well, you might not...

Told you owe tax? Well, you might not | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 34 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 4, 2011, titled Told you owe tax? Well, you might not | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Thousands of Ohioans have received letters from the Regional Income Tax Agency, many mistakenly being told they owe money or haven't filed returns.

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Shannon

Hilliard, OH

#1 Jul 4, 2011
If you want to go after tax evaders, go after G.E. There is a start.

Since: Feb 11

Roy, WA

#2 Jul 4, 2011
My ex told me she was a good cook..good in bed..good houskeeper..NOT!

So owing taxes seems mild....but like an ex..there are solutions. Don't

despair..there's nothing like settling up with the IRS & a great week-end

in Vegas with a woman that doesn't want nothing but her fee. Learned &

free..free at last..free..at last.
wastherethen

Dublin, OH

#3 Jul 4, 2011
RITA is a great example of one of the problems of privatization.

It is arrogant and unresponsive because it has zero incentive to provide quality customer service.

It's hard to imagine any government office would continue to rely on "resources [that are] not always correct." It sounds more like RITA simply fails to excercise due diligence and perform appropriate research before acting.
Phil Dirt

Westerville, OH

#4 Jul 4, 2011
"Of the more than 22,000 letters sent statewide since January, RITA officials don't know how many were sent in error"
Rather than send threatening letters requesting years of returns, why not send information on where the error was found so the individual can respond. Typical of a mismanaged totalitarian government.
Phil Dirt

Westerville, OH

#5 Jul 4, 2011
wastherethen wrote:
RITA is a great example of one of the problems of privatization.
It is arrogant and unresponsive because it has zero incentive to provide quality customer service.
It's hard to imagine any government office would continue to rely on "resources [that are] not always correct." It sounds more like RITA simply fails to excercise due diligence and perform appropriate research before acting.
Think you got your facts wrong, Currently, the R.I.T.A. Board of Trustees consists of elected officials and government administrators from R.I.T.A. municipalities. All R.I.T.A. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and meet at least once a month to establish, review, and maintain general operation policies for R.I.T.A. So basically it is your government officials that maintain the general operation policies for the program. Government officials stiving for mediocrity.
MFD

United States

#6 Jul 4, 2011
Another 'quality' govt operation.
cinsgt

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Jul 4, 2011
We don't want to take garbage into court."

good thing she values the people she's sending threatening letters to...
Fed Up in Pataskala

Mount Gilead, OH

#8 Jul 4, 2011
Happy Fourth of July everyone!!! Didn't we get rid of King R.I.T.A....ummmm I mean King George?
In the Know

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 4, 2011
Any municipality that would give over their operation of their tax collection to RITA is absolutely crazy!
If an income tax office is managed correctly, you don't need RITA. They bring in more problems and the municipality is not getting their money's worth.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#10 Jul 4, 2011
R.I.T.A.
This sounds like a poorly mananaged, sloppy, careless and unresponsive self-serving entity.
Their operation costs everybody that they go after that really owe nothing. RITA sould be paying a penalty for every missle they fire that hits the wrong target. If they would check the facts (and geography) before issuing these bogus notices, they would garner far more respect and have a far greater success rate.
It is well known that Postal boundaries were drawn up long before political boundaries. Can't RITA figure out this simple concept?
Just because RITA is bringing in money doesn't mean that politicians should abdicate their reponsibilities. Politicians have a responsibility to manage.
Fix R.I.T.A. or disband it! Fix R.I.T.A. or force it to pay penalties to those it erroneously charges with tax evasion. These aren't mistakes, they are wildly careless efforts that destroys confidence in our government.
Not A Buckeye

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Jul 4, 2011
FreeloaderFred wrote:
R.I.T.A.
This sounds like a poorly mananaged, sloppy, careless and unresponsive self-serving entity.
Their operation costs everybody that they go after that really owe nothing. RITA sould be paying a penalty for every missle they fire that hits the wrong target. If they would check the facts (and geography) before issuing these bogus notices, they would garner far more respect and have a far greater success rate.
It is well known that Postal boundaries were drawn up long before political boundaries. Can't RITA figure out this simple concept?
Just because RITA is bringing in money doesn't mean that politicians should abdicate their reponsibilities. Politicians have a responsibility to manage.
Fix R.I.T.A. or disband it! Fix R.I.T.A. or force it to pay penalties to those it erroneously charges with tax evasion. These aren't mistakes, they are wildly careless efforts that destroys confidence in our government.
Well, everyone wants a smaller government and doesn't want to pay taxes. So you got your wish. To Fix RITA may require hiring a systems analyist and a couple computer programmers to fix to work out the bugs in the system. But noooooooooo. Everyone wants perfection but refuse to pay for it. No one can have their cake and eat it too.
REALLT

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 4, 2011
Not A Buckeye wrote:
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Well, everyone wants a smaller government and doesn't want to pay taxes. So you got your wish. To Fix RITA may require hiring a systems analyist and a couple computer programmers to fix to work out the bugs in the system. But noooooooooo. Everyone wants perfection but refuse to pay for it. No one can have their cake and eat it too.
IRS or RITA, get it right the first time. Oversight yourself.
ALittleLate

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 4, 2011
Too bad this information couldn't have come sooner. I've been sued by them. They can't explain why I owe, or how much. Their staff are rude, and either misinformed - or worse, inentionally lie. They refuse to fix the zip code problem, and the courts don't give a damn. Neither do the municipalities that do business with them. I've had wildly different demand letters with different amounts for the same tax issues - no explanations. They estimate that I owe when I don't even live in the tax district anymore. They gave my payroll officer the wrong tax district codes and for two years were harassing me and my employees. When I showed them the W-2's they said, oh, you are withholding the wrong rate and then sending it to the wrong place - i.e., the municipality code they supplied was wrong. It's ridiculous. There's no redress - I spent on tax professionals - they gave up trying to get it fixed and just said "pay the next bill you get and maybe they'll leave you alone - don't try to worry if it's correct." It was four times as much, nop reasons. All of this will only get worse now that Kasich is pushing all of the cuts to the local levels. They'll all be changing rates and RITA couldn't shoot the broadside of a barn. But they sure can shoot at us. And the courts and local governments let them.
smarter than you

Groveport, OH

#14 Jul 4, 2011
They also NEVER answer your questions. I sent an email asking them to clarify why, if I pay income tax to a municipality with a higher tax rate than where I live, do I have to also pay them? That's like double dipping.
Parasite Government

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 4, 2011
Local taxation in Ohio is a complete disaster. RITA is a reaction to the fact that even the administrators cannot sort out local income taxation anymore.

That leaves out the byzantine local sales taxes, and the local school district income taxes.

Just because a taxing authority sends you a bill, doesn't mean much - I'd be willing to go to court and make them prove I owe any taxes that they claim.

Obviously RITA is just another agency that uses ignorance, fear, and intimidation to try to get people to pay taxes they do not owe.
Sad but True

Westerville, OH

#17 Jul 4, 2011
RITA S*CKS!! I dealt with them years ago while living in Champaign county in some cr*ppy burg and got raked over the coals because they flat out refused to answer my questions on complex mid-year state to state move in issues, Of course I got the short end of it due to their "help". It seems as though RITA has kept their practice of confusion, unprofessionalism and bullying to maximise their customers income levels.
I read a while back that Westerville has entertained the idea of utilizing RITA in the future. Another feather in Westerville City Councils cap! Red light cameras next?
John Doe

Zanesville, OH

#18 Jul 4, 2011
You know, our system of jurisprudence says we are innocent till proved guilty. The last paragraph of this article clearly demonstrates RITA think the burden is on the accused to prove innocence, not the other way around. I had to send a cease and desist letter to these idiots because they don't know what they're doing. Instead of the GOP focusing on abortion bills, maybe they could focus on making sure private industry isn't allowed to harass people for taxes they don't owe.
wastherethen

Dublin, OH

#19 Jul 4, 2011
Phil Dirt wrote:
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Think you got your facts wrong, Currently, the R.I.T.A. Board of Trustees consists of elected officials and government administrators from R.I.T.A. municipalities. All R.I.T.A. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and meet at least once a month to establish, review, and maintain general operation policies for R.I.T.A. So basically it is your government officials that maintain the general operation policies for the program. Government officials stiving for mediocrity.
RITA is a PRIVATE entity and the fact that members of their board of trustees hold government positions does not change that.

It does, however, potentially raise ethical questions.
Linda

Galloway, OH

#20 Jul 4, 2011
The government is desperate for money. They don't care about the people. Just the peoples money and property. The vampires are now telling us what they are going to do to us. Out in the open, they have no fear because they are weasels.
FedUpAmerican

Columbus, OH

#21 Jul 4, 2011
Their harrassment tactics are truly Gestapo-esque. It seems to me there ought to be some legal redress for those falsely accused by RITA of a local tax liability. Members of the Board of RITA should be brought up on criminal charges and fined heavily (personally and individually liable) for every incorrect accusation of tax liability sent out.

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