When IRS agents make the effort to come all the way to your workplace, chances are you owe them a significant amount of money. Unless your name is Aaron Zeff.
Mr. Zeff is the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash. In March, the feds showed up at Harv’s demanding that he pay what he still owed from the tax year 2006.
That year, Zeff payed the IRS $202.31, but he actually owed $202.35. That’s right, Mr. Zeff shorted the government by four cents.
After interest and penalties, the four cents grew to more than $200, which was the amount on the bill the IRS actually presented the car-wash owner.
On top of coming after someone for missing pennies, Zeff’s attorney said that the IRS actually sent the “delinquent” payer a letter last October stating there were no forms left unfiled — and no taxes due.
Ever the businessman, Zeff has turned his government troubles into a promotional event. Harv’s is planning a special promotion where customers who pay their taxes on time can get their cars washed for just four cents.