20 Year Old Debt...Is There A Statute Of Limitations?

by Marvin
(Wilsonville, Oregon)

20 years ago, when I moved from Connecticut to Oregon, I did not realize that I owned the city of New Haven a personal tax fee on an auto of about $1400 (can't remember the exact amount). about 10 years later, I received a call from a collection agency indicating that I owed about $6000 because of penalties and late payments. I called the city of New Haven and asked them about the bill and they said they have turned this over to collections and that I would have to talk with them. We were unable to resolve issue. No payment was ever made, as I did not like the threats, harassment and unwillingness to work with me. After 3 months, no calls. About 5 years later another collection agency called.

They were more abusive. Same results, nothing sent. I have not heard anything from anyone in 5 years. I have kept all paperwork and documented each phone call. My credit scores are in the 800's and my wife's are as well. There is nothing on our credit report.

Is there a statute of limitations of this bill?
Thank you.

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Apr 25, 2011
Statute of Limitations on Tax Bill
by: DebtCollectionAnswers.com

Marvin, according to our resources, the statue of limitations for most consumer debts in Connecticut is six years. However, in many states the statute of limitations for tax related debts is longer. you are going to have to consult with an attorney or tax advisor who can clarify the statue limitations for you.

If a third-party debt collector is trying to collect this debt, it still must follow the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Under that law, harassment is illegal.

We would recommend you at least read the first chapter of Debt Collection Answers online for free so you have a better understanding of what the collector can and cannot do to collect the step from you.

If you suspect debt collection agency has broken the law in its efforts to collect instead from you, it would be a good idea for you to talk with a consumer law attorney. Find out how to get FREE or low cost legal advice about debt collection from a consumer law attorney here.

Apr 25, 2011
Statute of Limitations
by: Anonymous

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/pub/Chap926.htm Full of sticky stuff to read, but the upshot is as stated above. The CT statute clearly excludes taxes, liens etc by governmental entities. I suspect you are out of luck on that one.

However, sometimes there are prior court decisions based on common law that give relief where the written law does not. I do no have access to CT decisions, but your local library may, or they may give you avenues to research this.

May 06, 2011
IRS 1099C Letter Received
by: Anonymous

I wasn't aware of any debts when I received letter stating of collection debt from vehicle sales date 12/10/2009 which I never owned nor fianced any such vehicle. Now I have tried to contact this company which was referred to 800 number instructing to contact this company only by email they aren't taking any calls on thru email which isn't correct. Stated that I owed $8311 which isn't my debt and now the IRS has contacted me to pay this. I don't know what to do there hasn't ever been any prior contact with this company ever. My identity has been stolen. This company hasn't contacted me to validate this debt. What should I do next to get this case with IRS Cancelled.

Reply from DebtCollectionAnswers.com:

If we understand your situation correctly, you have been sent a 1099-C for a debt that was not yours, correct? If so, you need to get a tax professional who is familiar with Form 982 to help you file that to avoid paying taxes on the bogus debt.

Aug 12, 2011
Same situation but....
by: Anonymous

Mine goes back to 1988, from 1998 for several years (not sure how many)CT had a huge problem will a company that was involved with collecting the,supposed unpaid taxes. I was contacted in 1993 about the 1988 tax, interesting that my registration of the car was never stopped,never had any issues with license or anything.
The company to collect the tax had many issues with a contract here in ct.

I have never paid it, they refused to help clarify
who the tax belonged to, the bill and at least 10 notices, had either the wrong name or the spelling was wrong.

There were articles in out local newspaper about the problem. Here is what I found.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0643.htm

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