Hi. Haven't been on in a few years since I beat my creditors (yeay!).
I have a friend that just produced a demand letter from a debt collector attorney, on ohio state attorney general letterhead, for an alleged back taxes obligation (says he paid up every quarter, and no way ever made enough to get anywhere close enough to the $54k (of state taxes) demand.
1. Looks like debt collectors can used state ag letterhead http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/109.08
How does one find out if this lawyers office actually has permission from the ohio state ag.
2. The demand letter has the 'this is an attempt to collect a debt' language. So it's under FDCA etc? I've never heard of lawyers collecting 'debt' for taxes.
Do states sell off back taxes to debt collectors? And if so, does that change anything about the debt collection defense? http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/109.08 seems to imply that the lawyers are paid from amounts collected (thus implying that debt collectors aren't buying the 'tax debt' for pennies on the dollar).
3. A google search for Michael H. Igoe & Associates LLC doesn't bring up anything other than 1 negative review on the BBB site. https://www.bbb.org/centralohio/business-reviews/lawyers/michael-h-igoe-associates-llc-in-columbus-oh-70017823/reviews-and-complaints?section=reviews&reviewtype=negative
4. Is there any place I should look for info about this kind of scenario? I don't see anything relevant searching the forums.
5. Similar to #2, is this scenario the same, or different, from a regular credit card debt being collected by a debt collection company/lawyer?
I can't imagine the gov't would let tax obligation become equivalent to regular debt collection, but hey, maybe.
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