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Old 11-24-2009, 05:01 PM   #43
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This is from a collection agency. I would ignore it for as long as possible. If you feel like you need to repy, start by demanding they prove their agency agreement with the State of California, and then prove their debt. This may be fraud, but there are collection agencies that agree to split collections from the department of equalization, and CA authorizes them to have at it, sharing their files in the process. Even if they are representing the state, it doesn't mean you owe the money. OTOH, this may be a fraud, much like the Nigerian scams, where sending such a letter results in scaring some people into sending checks.

From a legal point of view, your contract is with the dealer, and you and the dealer complied with all of the terms. The contract is therefore complete.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:08 PM   #44
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So, after nearly 10 days, have you called the dealer? This could be cleared up with a call to the dealer, or even the state.

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:26 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by FlashSilver View Post
This is from a collection agency. I would ignore it for as long as possible.
The OP posted it came from the dealer, not a collection agency. Ignoring letters about any kind of bill only makes it worse. They don't go away and if it's a valid tax discrepancy, penalties, interest and fines may happen.

If a retailer makes a mistake in a tax collection, that doesn't make the tax disappear. There no contract between a retailer and a purchaser to avoid taxes—such a "contract" would be illegal and could have civil or criminal consequences.

It seems like a lot of people want to assume the worst and complain about taxes when a phone call to the dealer and the appropriate taxing authority would most likely answer the questions as Terry has suggested.

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Old 11-26-2009, 01:06 PM   #46
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guys... this is getting a little out of hand and barley has anything to do with my original post...

- i am not trying nor did i ever try to doge taxes or bills...
- this letter is not a bill... a bill has identifying information on it
- this letter is not coming from the dealership (it has their name on it, but not their address)
- why would i call the number on this letter?

i had two basic questions in my OP...

1. Am i liable for miscalculated taxes if the dealer made a mistake (the general consensus seems to be: yes)
2. should i pay or respond to a letter that has no explanation, referrence number, VIN etc... on it? (split opinions vary from don't do anything, call them or maybe one even things i should just send a check...)

so more or less my questions have been anwsered...

i will pay the taxes but not until i get further and more detailed explanation from what and for what this is... and it is not my responsiblity to clarify that, i have - to my best knowledge - paid all the taxes due when i purchased my airstream...

thanks for everyones input and happy thanksgiving !

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