Harv’s Metro Car Wash tax bill? 4 cents.
The IRS storming the Sacramento private business to collect on said bill? Priceless.
The IRS aren’t commenting on their recent escapade, probably thanking their lucky stars they can hide behind privacy and disclosure laws. However, Aaron Zeff, Harv’s owner, has a few comments all his own like, “They didn’t even get a car wash.”
According to The Sacramento Bee, the two dark-suited IRS agents came to the car wash on Wednesday on a matter of utmost importance. Harv’s Metro Car Wash owed the government 4 cents. And the bill had come due.
“They were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending,” says Harv’s owner, Aaron Zeff.
Condescending? The IRS?
The hand-delivered bill stated that Harv’s owed 4 cents from 2006, with penalties and taxes now equaling $203.31, a number Zeff finds not only comical but astronomical when considering the alleged original bill, a bill Zeff never received. Of course, that also doesn’t explain the Oct. 22, 2009 letter Zeff received from the IRS saying Harv’s “has filed all required returns and addressed any balances due.”
Would the IRS like to comment? Privacy and disclosure laws, laws that were apparently designed to protect the private citizen, are now conveniently protecting the IRS.
“It’s hilarious,” he says, “that two people hopped in a car and came down here for just 4 cents. I think (the IRS) may have a problem with priorities.”
Priorities may have kept them from driving their taxpayer-funded vehicle and burning taxpayer-purchased gas (the lowest price in Sacramento around $2.81 per gallon) to drive 9.29 miles, if coming from the 4330 Watt Avenue location, to demand a taxpayer fork over less than a nickle.
For the IRS, an organization comprised of bean counters, the drive to Harv’s Metro Car Wash for 4 cents may not appear cost effective when on the taxpayer dime, an amount still more than Harv’s tax bill.