It’s a weird story. One hopes it is not true, but fears it is. The case is about a sick person with cancer being cancelled by his insurance company. He complained and made it on television. An insurance agent and activist explained to the cancer victim the insurance company cannot cancel his insurance because he is sick. He was given the law covering it, contacted the insurance company and the company agreed. A change in the regulations does not trump law. (Imagine an administration writing a regulation saying women can not vote, or Miranda no longer applies to suspects, etc.)
The fun begins when the insurance agent claims he started getting notices of taxes owed from 2003 (see the images). Then the agent, Steven Tucker, was visited by an IRS inspector asking questions about his relationship with the cancer victim. Then he got another notice of owed money, now claiming he never filed is W2.
What subsequently transpired for Tucker has deepened his impression that the twin IRS notices were no coincidence, but an attack by our federal government, an orchestrated effort at intimidation of them both. Friday, December 7th, he was visited in his home by an IRS official and received yet another threatening notice by mail.
Here is part of the interview AT had with him. According to Tucker he had a meeting with inspector along with Tucker’s attorney. The questions were concerning.
When we had some Q and A a few days ago, you were about to be visited by a representative of the IRS, on Friday, December 6th. Who asked for that meeting? Did the IRS say what they wanted to meet about, before it occurred?
Yes, Treasury Inspector General Robert Williams made an unannounced visit to my old office in Palatine on December 4th, 2013. I was not there so he called my cell phone at 4 p.m. that same day. I answered and he stated that ‘I stopped by your office and you were not there, we noted your story in the news and we would like to discuss the issue you are having as soon as possible’. I said ‘that sounds good, we can meet in my home at 11 a.m. on Friday – December 6th 2013.’
When I hung up the phone. I immediately called my attorney. He then connected me on a three way phone call to William J. Sneckenberg, Esq. – Senior Litigation Attorney and Appellate Specialist at the Sneckenberg, Thompson, and Brody law firm in Chicago. After hearing the story, Mr. Sneckenberg said it was ‘highly irregular’ for the IRS to be sending a letter of demand for a tax return that was filed more than a decade ago. Normally, the look back period is anywhere from 3 to 5 years. He then said he wanted to be in my home to represent me when Treasury Inspector General Williams arrived.
On Friday morning Mr. Sneckenberg arrived and reviewed the letters of demand from the IRS and then contacted his CPA. His CPA also agreed that this is highly irregular. Then Treasury Inspector General Williams arrived with an associate. He showed me his business card and his badge and then sat down to begin his inquisition of sorts during which he and his associate took copious notes. To my surprise his questions were not designed to find out why I was sent the letters of demand but more to find out more about me and even more surprisingly my new friend Bill Elliott.
He asked for Bill Elliott’s phone number twice. I did not give him Mr. Elliott’s phone number. He then asked for a timeline of events. He asked ‘How did you first meet Bill? What law did you use to help him get his policy restored? What television program did he appear on?’ etc. He then asked for my full name and my social security number since the IRS letters of demand were sent to my corporation and not to my personal name. And, then at the end of his line of questioning he made sure to tell me that ‘you need to resolve these issues with the IRS, if not, as you may be aware, you may be visited again by other IRS representatives in your home and we do reserve the right to garnish your wages and lien your assets.’ Mr. Sneckenberg and I then wished them a Happy Holiday and showed them both the door.
After they left and whilst the exhaust from their government vehicle was still lingering in my driveway I received a knock on the door from my post man who had in his hands a certified letter from the IRS. That letter stated ‘Intent to seize your property or rights to property. Amount due immediately $2,106.05.’ If you do not call us immediately or pay the amount due by December 19, 2013, we will seize (“levy”) your property or rights to property and apply it to the $2,106.05 you owe.’
This supposed amount they are demanding payment for is for the year 2010, where they state I did not file my W2s. My tax documents are prepared by a licensed CPA and are done correctly each year. If I had not filed my W2s I would not have been able to complete my 2010 corporate and personal tax returns which are sitting right next to me as I write you these responses. My CPA and my attorney are completely baffled by both the 2010 demand and the 2003 demand for $3,592.19.
Abusing complainers to shut them up is an old tactic I had hoped we, as a nation and a government, had moved past. Apparently I was wrong.
What is frightening both the IRS and the insurance companies? Simple if it gets out the feds wrote a law that forces insurance companies to violate another law- and harming people in the process- you are seeing the seeds of a class action suit. This means every sick person under treatment cannot be cancelled- period! And if the administration demands it, they will be forcing thousands of people, under violation of the existing law, to be harmed by insurance companies. That means class action suits. Now the democrats are wanting to fill the D.C. circuit with like minded progressive judges in order to stave off the coming suits. The D.C. circuit handles the regulation cases as I understand it. Which means the Supreme Court is going to be busy, very busy.
Another Chinese curse coming true for Obama and the democrats. “May you live in interesting times.”