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8 on Your Side: Woman Mistakenly Receives State Tax Bill

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LAS VEGAS - When Carol Morrison received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board, she instantly thought it was a scam. The letter stated she owed the State of California a lot of money.

"What do you think, because I am 65, I'm senile and I'm going to panic and send you forty five hundred dollars? I don't know where I've been?" she said.

The letter claims Morrison was living and working in California in 2003. She says she was a Nevada resident in 2003 and has the tax forms to prove it. No one at the tax board would listen to her.

The last straw for Morrison, however, occurred a few weeks ago, when she checked her Bank of America account and discovered she was overdrawn. The State of California garnished her wages for taxes she didn't owe.

"Now, I am really mad. You messed with my money," she said.

She turned to 8 on Your Side for help. 8 on Your Side reached out to the California Franchise Tax Board and solved this mystery within hours. A member of the tax board called Morrison to tell her the good news.

"He goes, ‘Well yeah, we see that you were not here in 2003.' Oh, really?" she said.

The tax board member said Morrison would have her money back in six to eight weeks, which she didn't like.

"I said, ‘No, as fast as you took it out, you're putting it back,'" she said.

The tax board did just that, refunding her money that night.

"If it had not been for you guys (8 on Your Side), I think I'd still be fighting them," she said.

It is still unclear why the State of California thought Morrison lived there in 2003. California state law says if the state thinks a person lived there, state officials can estimate what they think that person earned. The State of California accessed Morrison's Nevada bank account, because California officials issued a court order. By law, the bank had to comply.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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