Okay, so for some reason, begining January 1, 2002, my job somehow got the impression I got married. Apparently, they passed this information along to the US government.
Now, I have direct deposite, so I do get a receipt, but I never really look at it anymore than to note my address was right, and to see how much I got. It’s my own fault for not catching the fact earlier, but I never got married, so the prospect that such a thing could happen never even occurred to me.
I now owe the government over $900. I took my paystubs and my W-2 form in to the Accounting director here at work, and he said the only explaination for why so little was taken out of my taxes was because of the little M next to the subject line “Marital Status.” He has no idea how it happened. He says he’s sorry. He says there’s nothing I can do about it.
Is this true? Is there any way I can make my case that I’m not now, nor have ever been married, and can use that fact to help reduce my debt? Again, I take responsibility for not verifying the information, but for nearly a year, I’d never had a problem, so I had no reason to expect one. I didn’t notice it until after I found out how much money I owed. I’ve already used the money, but again, I was under the impression that everything was alright. Is there anyway I can petition against this and reduce my debt, or do I just have to chaulk this whole experience up to “live and learn”?