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Some residents looking at city tax issues

February 3, 2013

SALEM — City residents who filed federal income tax returns between 2006 and 2011 but apparently didn’t file returns with Salem can expect an audit notice in the mail this week from the Central......

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salem1361

Feb-05-13 7:47 AM

Before we crucify all these people it needs to be addressed that some of them do pay their taxes through payroll but didn't realize they also had to file a paper trail. This happened to us and the fines were ridiculous. I never would not pay my taxes just didn't realize after moving here that unlike our last city we had to file a paper trail even though the city received their money automatically. Agree it was my mistake so I paid the fines but just want others to realize its not all deadbeats they are after.

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JohnInSalem

Feb-04-13 10:32 PM

I got one of these letters today! We moved to Salem in 2009. This letter is the only communication we've had with the city of Salem, save for our water bill. Salem, apparently is the only place we have ever lived that has had a local income tax - we've never dealt with anything like this before.

I'm surprised that the "widely advertised" amnesty program didn't include notifying new community members about the tax. I found this post doing an internet search, and other than the pretty green audit envelope it's the first I've heard of it (the tax).

Perhaps an expectation of notification of an income tax is too much to ask, but they do have our name and address from the water and sewer department. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, and of course we will (I'm sure) be paying a hefty set of fines, back interest, etc. I'd hate to think that lack of an individual notice was done on purpose to secure additional funds, but I have to wonder why they don't notify new residen

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WatchDog

Feb-04-13 6:08 PM

salem4ever sez "If you live in town there is a water bill, could have cross referenced this, you would think."

I'm not sure I follow on that or maybe I'm not seeing it right. If they are looking for just names and addresses, it might help but what about family homes with two or more families and workers living in them? There is only one name on a water bill and sometimes they are not even in the actual name of the resident with the water bill. I'm not trying to be negative to your idea. Because it is a start and by the looks of thing what has been happening has been a lot of oversight and uneventful tax collection. And by that I mean, they get an income tax, they wait until next year to see if that same person filed again. Nothing has been done beyond that to secure the collections.

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WatchDog

Feb-04-13 5:59 PM

"People will have to deal with CCA, not with Salem," he said, stressing that the Salem Income Tax Office personnel will not be able to help them."

That was about the only statement of this article that impressed me. That was a bold warning message that was dropped there. That tells me...EVERY single resident of Salem is going to face the music. The special favor days just ended.

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salem4ever

Feb-04-13 11:59 AM

Probably some retirees in there too. Salem does not tax retirement income, but the feds do. Just wondering why Salem didn't check with the city water bills first, If you live in town there is a water bill, could have cross referenced this, you would think.

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concerned

Feb-03-13 11:49 PM

Some of these people are probably teenagers under 18 that did not file city taxes because they are not required to pay city taxes. I am sure there are probably others in that 667 number that pay taxes to other cities and for some reason felt they did not have to file salem taxes because they paid elsewhere. Not an excuse just ignorance that they are still required to file. Then there is always the good old government screw up. People may have had a Salem address but did not really live in Salem. Let's wait to see who and how much these people owe before we label them dead beats. It might not be as big of number as it looks like.

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viper1

Feb-03-13 6:54 PM

Glad to see the dead beats will have to pay. Even when we didn't have much at all ours got paid. Thought every one did. So I hope their hit with large penalty's also. I can see some being let off because of certain issues. But I think an investigation needs made in to who and how this happened and the city lost all those years of revenues. Causing tax payers to pay more taxes to make up for it.

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WatchDog

Feb-03-13 1:50 PM

Identified 667 city residents? 667? That number is staggering. And this comes on the heels of the Amnesty program? How is this possible?

I am the first to admit, I hate paying taxes and I seethe and spit fire every time I have to fill out a tax form. I always was a firm believer that the tax system in America is the unspoken depth of robbery, legal robbery, a hideous crime legalized. But by God, I do it, I pay my taxes because the cost of not doing it is so high.

Fred, I realize that you just became the most HATED man in Salem right now. I don't mean to add insult to that wound but how is this all possible? This number is huge. How did this many people pull this off?

We're not living in a society of the 50's. I don't care who you are in America, technology has made it virtually impossible for this be to happening. Nobody has a life of privacy. How is this possible?

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