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Letter: An experience of my life at the tax office
On July 5, I went to the Wilson County tax office to dispute my oil and mineral taxes. I had a 9:30 a.m. appointment sent by the tax office. From past experience, I went early. I signed my name and took a seat with lots of other people.
While waiting, I started visiting with a very sweet lady. Because it was her first visit, she had no appointment and I thought she was going to have a long wait. I started listening to other people waiting for their time to go in for their dispute.
I heard one of the appraisers telling a customer even though his appointment wasn’t till 10 a.m. he would be next. This confused me so I asked the appraiser why he was going before me and he said the appointments didn’t matter. He said it was first-come, first-served.
In other words, they go by what time you sign in. I asked him what was the purpose of an appointment if they are no good? He said he would talk to someone about it. By the way, the sweet lady with no appointment went before me.
I have to ask the taxpayers why we are paying for stamps and the time it takes to type out hundreds of appointments if they are worthless. It has to cost us hundreds to thousands of dollars for nothing. Also they bring in special appraisers for this, so why are the regular appraisers working that day?
There were two of the appraisers checking for the next person in line. It seems to me that it would be a lot cheaper to place a time and date to show up for disputes on the original estimated tax papers. When you get there, you just pick a number and wait your turn.
These days there are people losing jobs or taking pay cuts, and having to tighten their belts, so everyone should try to make things better. PATSY SMOLKA
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