A pair of dark-suited IRS agents visited a Sacramento car wash in search of 4 cents in unpaid taxes dating back to 2006, along with an extra $202.31 in penalties and interest.

Aaron Zeff, owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash, was amazed that the IRS would show up at his business in person to demand payment for such a small tax debt, and that the penalties and interest on 4 cents could grow so high.

“It’s hilarious that two people hopped in a car and came down here for just 4 cents,” he told the Sacramento Bee. “I think [the IRS] may have a problem with priorities.”

He showed the newspaper a copy of a letter he received from the IRS in October 2009 stating that he had filed all the required returns and addressed any balance due. Zeff was also miffed that the IRS agents didn’t bother to get their automobile cleaned while they were there.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Accounting Today content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access