CBS 2 Covers City’s Income Tax Refund Grab

CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman tracks down a driver who’s Illinois state income tax refund has been held up due to alleged past due parking tickets from 1997.

Here’s her full report, “City Starts Collecting Unpaid Fines By Seizing State Tax Refunds.”

9 Responses to CBS 2 Covers City’s Income Tax Refund Grab

  1. Pete says:

    While I have no problem with collecting from true deadbeats, there must be some sort of statute of limitations. Otherwise anyone can have their refunds withheld if Chicago claims they didn’t pay some ticket back in 1987. Who keeps records that far back?

  2. DoR Employee says:

    Pete….Parking Tickets in Chicago are not a criminal offense…as a result…there is no requirement by the City to introduce a Statute of Limitations for collection.

    Municipalities could in theory attempt to collect until the person Dies.

  3. If dead Chicagoans can vote then they can pay their alleged tickets. The tax victim can file a FOIA with admin hearings. They should have the records. If they don’t, there’s no foundation for taking the tax refund.

  4. DoR Employee says:

    I would debate that point slightly Doc…

    People that get a parking ticket in Chicago Have to Prove they are not at fault for the violation that was issued.

    If you go to a hearing, and a judgement is rendered against you…that would be entered into the records…and that would be able to be found (assuming a robust data storage facility/computer database.) by a FOIA.

    If you blew the ticket off…and it doubles at Final Determination…that’s all that is going to be located by a search.

  5. DOR the dilemma I raise is if there is a official violation record to attach a tax refund then the complete record must be discoverable via a FOIA. That’s only fair.

  6. DoR Employee says:

    I agree also on that point. But that point can be made to all non-classified government records. That’s the Point of a FOIA after all.

    The majority of people that are probably going to be affected by the State Income Tax Refund seizure are the ones that refused to bother to contest or pay up in the first place and thus don’t deserve any sympathy.

    But lets be honest…how many people get money back from the State of Illinois anyways? I think my refund last year was a whopping 6 bucks.

  7. Greg says:

    DOR – I just sent them a check for $4.

  8. Anonymous says:

    My neighbor has over 800.00 in unpaid tickets on her old Michigan License.

    But shes never had a ticket on her Illinois license since she got it in 2005. Funny thing is she works for the City and Jokes to me about how the city doesn’t have a clue on collecting from out of state vehicle owners.

  9. Pete says:

    Illinois government officials don’t even bother responding to FOIA requests as they feel they owe their citizens nothing by the way of accountability. Sadly, citizens reenforce this view by continually reelecting the same crooks.

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