Sunday, January 4, 2009

Detroit lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund

Detroit lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund: "James Howarth is a little confused by two letters he has received from the Internal Revenue Service.

The Detroit defense lawyer received one letter in November that said he owed the IRS money -- five cents.

He was warned that he should pay 'to avoid additional penalty and/or interest,' the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Howarth says he then received a second letter telling him the government owes him money -- four cents.

He was told he would have to request the refund since it's less than $1.

'When I owe them a nickel, I must pay them. It's not optional,' he said. 'But when they owe me, I have to ask for it.'"