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10/16/2005 01:37 AM ID: 50722 Permalink   

Woman Arrested for $1 In Unpaid Taxes

 

Deborah Combs owed the city of Loveland, Ohio, only $1.16 last year, but for the last five years she hadn't filed her city income tax forms . "What they've spent in stamps is more than what I owe," Deborah said.

"One sheriff approached my car with his hand on his gun," she said. "Another from the other side of the car leaned in and said, 'Are you Deborah Combs?' He said, 'We have a warrant for your arrest.' I was absolutely shocked."

Deborah could also end up paying hundreds of dollars in fines for the unfilled tax forms. Loveland City Manager Fred Enderle said, "Whether it's $1 they owe us or $1,000, it's not fair to the rest of the public to not pursue that person".

 
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  WTF  
 
Man this is so stupid. It says on the income tax papers that if you owe less than 5 dollars or are due less than 5 dollars it is set to $0.

Let's see what is going to go into the collection of this mundane amount:
paperwork
stamps
police officers' wages
judge's earnings
prosecutor's earnings
public defender's earnings
etc.

In the end this 1.16 is going to end up costing probably 10,000 times that much.

Unfortunately this is not the first time I've seen something this stupid. There was a guy that had federal agents break in on him in the shower because of a nominal amount he owed in taxes.

Why don't they ever go after big targets like Halliburton execs?
 
  by: treyjazz   10/16/2005 01:51 AM     
  If They Prosecuted Stupid  
 
If they prosecuted stupid in this town .There would be no one left to run the city.
Do they really trust these people with guns ?
 
  by: ichi     10/16/2005 02:10 AM     
  "Fair"  
 
"Whether it's $1 they owe us or $1,000, it's not fair to the rest of the public to not pursue that person".

What's not fair to the public is the expense they'll pay for court costs, police time, etc.
 
  by: devolver   10/16/2005 03:08 AM     
  But Haliburton can LOSE millions...  
 
and get a pat on the back with a new contract to go with it.

"Whether it's $1 they owe us or $1,000, it's not fair to the rest of the public to not pursue that person". PPFFFTTT
 
  by: KnAdidas25   10/16/2005 03:30 AM     
  ridiculous  
 
its the same with canadian federal income tax - if
it's $5 you owe, or they owe you ... it's scratched ...
it's not enough to worry about - even if it is paid,
then there's the added expense of simply
processing the receipt of payment ...
 
  by: coldfiresystems   10/16/2005 03:47 AM     
  I guess..  
 
she didn't get any love in loveland hahah...
 
  by: Dudex   10/16/2005 04:13 AM     
  wtf  
 
I hate government!
I hope this guy screws up on his taxes so he owes a lot of money!
 
  by: emp3r0r     10/16/2005 05:27 AM     
  Hi.  
 
"but she also hadn't filed her city income tax forms in five years"

Not filing your taxes for even one year is a federal offense. Remember, this is how they caught Capone. It's this woman's fault for not filing her taxes for five years. Just because she only owed $1.16 one year, doesn't mean she didn't owe more than next five. Regardless of how much you owe, you still need to pay your taxes. If you haven't learned in life that there's two things you have to do, it's die and pay taxes, then I'm telling you right now.
 
  by: gnaglor     10/16/2005 11:22 PM     
  "At what cost do you stop enforcing the law?"  
 
If only the same principle would be applied to illegal immigration...
 
  by: permanentfriday   10/17/2005 01:26 AM     
  To uphold the Letter of the Law or the Spirit?  
 
If you uphold the spirit of taxes it is to pay for social services. Obtaining the money she owes would cost the goverment more money than it would make so it is only upholding the letter of the law. The goverment is not supposed to be a mafia.
 
  by: ericcode   10/17/2005 03:25 AM     
  Some people  
 
Are never happy. If they had let her off because she only owed a dollar you would complain about how everything is only about money.

I think what they did is right. She didnt follow the law, she was arrested. Done and done.
 
  by: RoBBoB     10/17/2005 03:37 PM     
  @RoBBoB  
 
You seriously don't see any problem with this?! She wasn't arrested for five years of not filing it was $1 for this year. Is everything Black and White?
 
  by: mmmman     10/17/2005 05:26 PM     
  Yes it is.,  
 
Once you start to give leadway it will be abused. Now maybe a dollar, then people are going to say the tax evasion amount must exceed the cost of court and criminal costs which is in the thousands, and it will keep going. Laws exist for a reason.
 
  by: RoBBoB     10/17/2005 05:37 PM     
  Here's a better article  
   
  by: treyjazz   10/17/2005 10:41 PM     
  I would disagree  
 
At the federal level, this woman wou.d have been excused the taxes. I think the state should follow suit. In fact, I think the minimum tax due should be a direct function of the administration cost to file a return. If the taxes owed are less than that cost, then the taxes should be excused. The government wastes too much money as it is. Wasting money to collect mony is sheer idiocy.
 
  by: Dedolito     10/17/2005 10:58 PM     
  I dont know whats stupider  
 
The fact the government arrested her on such a small amount.

Or the fact she didnt have a $1.16 to spare.
 
  by: DesertRebel   10/18/2005 12:53 AM     
  @DesertRebel  
 
"I don't know what's stupider : The fact the government arrested her on such a small amount.
Or the fact she didnt have a $1.16 to spare."

Maybe if she "taught" like everyone in here seems to think that it would get scratched then it's no longer a matter of HAVING 1.16$
 
  by: futurweb   10/18/2005 09:45 AM     
  @People who keep focusing on the $1 amount  
 
"Even though she owes just $1.16 in back taxes, a Loveland woman was arrested this week and is facing up to 18 months in jail and $4,000 in fines.

The reason: Deborah Combs hadn't filed income tax returns with the city of Loveland for five years."

Understand that she was not arrested for not paying $1.16 in taxes...it's because she didn't file her taxes for five years. Even after repeated notifications and warning, she refused to file her taxes.

It doesn't matter if you only worked one week out of the entire year, you still have to file your tax return. Hell, if she really didn't work that much, she would have been entitled to a refund. Rather than get her taxes done and in on time, thereby more than likely qualifying for a refund, she choose to do nothing and thus incurred penalties for lateness. This is no ones fault but Deborah Combs'.
 
  by: Gnaglor     10/18/2005 08:04 PM     
  @RoBBoB  
 
Well do you speed?
 
  by: MmmMan     10/20/2005 08:58 PM     
  Well the source was bad then  
 
it didn't say she was arrested for not filing but for the $1.16.
 
  by: MmmMan     10/20/2005 09:00 PM     
  @mmmmmmmMan  
 
Yes sir I do,
http://rbgcode.textamerica.com/...

But if I get pulled over and get a ticket they shouldnt write a news story about it. And I wont argue, I will pay my fine, compain a bit and probobly stop speeding for a while.

If you really want to compare speeding to this, then that would mean I was pulled over many times for speeding and warned time and time again and I still sped, then yes I would definately deserve and accept a ticket.
 
  by: RoBBoB     10/20/2005 09:10 PM     
  @robbob  
 
"Yes sir I do,
http://rbgcode.textamerica.com/...
But if I get pulled over and get a ticket they shouldnt write a news story about it. And I wont argue, I will pay my fine, compain a bit and probobly stop speeding for a while.

If you really want to compare speeding to this, then that would mean I was pulled over many times for speeding and warned time and time again and I still sped, then yes I would definately deserve and accept a ticket."

glad you admit it ... maybe i should inform your local authorities to watch you very carefully making sure you don't excede the speed limit even 1 km/h... if you do bam... highest fine possible... hey you broke the law right?

wheres the logic in this kind of arguement?

if all people were responsible and and civil laws would be completely unnessessary... the problem with law now is there are too many dumb laws, and as a result people don't take the real laws as seriously as they are meant.
 
  by: HAVOC666     10/20/2005 09:48 PM     
  @HAVOC666  
 
Yes, you have a good point, and if they want to pull me over for speeding 1km/h thats their choice. Breaking the law is breaking the law, and it isnt like she broke some dumb law like you must walk your pet to the right of you at all times. She failed to pay taxes. A law that everybody knows is important. What is that saying, there are 3 sure things in life, death taxes and ... ohh guess only 2
 
  by: RoBBoB     10/21/2005 02:27 PM     
  @gnaglor  
 
you dont have to file taxes all the time. what if she didnt have a job for some of those years? what if she did and she only had a part time that made $3000 that year? know your facts before you post. I think you should take a look at the laws yourself, before you end up in the same predicament. Seriously the goverment needs to focus on the REAL problems at hand, not something petty like this.
 
  by: Praetorian71   10/23/2005 07:54 AM     
  @prae  
 
"what if she didnt have a job for some of those years?"

Then no, you don't need to pay taxes.

"what if she did and she only had a part time that made $3000 that year?"

Then you need to file your taxes and if you only made that amount, you would be gettin a refund of all the taxes you had taken out of your paycheck. For that amount, there's no reason no to file your taxes.

How old are you prae? Have you ever paid taxes? You don't seem to understand how they work, yet you say I need to check the law books.
 
  by: Gnaglor     10/23/2005 08:26 PM     
  Link  
   
  by: Gnaglor     10/23/2005 08:33 PM     
  2 More Years  
 
All she had to do was avoid them for 2 more years and she could have gotten away for evading taxes in $1.16 damn.
 
  by: juggalotoka   10/24/2005 11:15 PM     
 
 
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