The letter indicated I had not sent in a return in April and they are ready to hit me with a $1,300+ lump of coal to put me in the Yuletide spirit.
A few moments ago, I e-mailed a response:
Today, in the mail I received a message indicating I had not filed my 2009 state income tax.
In this threatening letter which is coming right at the time when I am buying Christmas presents for family and loved ones, you told me that I owed an estimated $1,077.84, and that with interest and a penalty for late filing, the total amount I will have to pay is $1,369.54.
Shocked out of my senses since I have always paid my taxes on time, I searched through my checkbook, and apparently I never sent a check to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Then it occurred to me why I could not find a notation in my check book.
Since when are you in the habit of sending refunds to people who have not filed their income tax returns? Though I do not recall the exact amount I received (it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $30), I did receive it and I did cash the check.
You should have a returned check. Hopefully, the people who are in charge of reconciling your bank statements are more efficient than those who keep track of tax returns.
In your letter, you demanded that I send a copy of my return and my W2s. I do not intend to waste my money sending in a copy of a return I have already sent you and I might add, a return for which you mailed me a refund.
I expect to be notified when you have situation corrected.
William R. Turner
I would be interested in hearing if anyone else had their returns lost by the folks at the Department of Revenue.