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California Tax Amnesty

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What is the name of your state? California
I am reading several posts that show there are others who are being mailed Amnesty Applications from California Franchise Tax Board for taxes due from the 1980's. I received mine showing tax due from 1983. I called the FTB and was told that there were penalties and interest from 1983. I left California in 1984 after a vicious attack from an ex-husband. I returned in 1999 after I had remarried and began to work here. I have paid taxes, jointly, for the past 6 years, and those taxes are current. I had no idea there were taxes due from 1983. I was told by the FTB that a portion of my state tax from the past several years was applied to the debt from 1983. How can they do that? Why would my current husband's and my tax return pay towards that tax without our knowledge? My ex-husband filed for an ammended application for the 1983 taxes, and he and his father re-worked those books showing a tax was due so as to lighten my former father-in-law's tax load after selling a property. They were in the same construction business and it was easy to do. They had the Superior Court judge presiding over our divorce order me to sign the ammended tax return. He had long been in the family's pocket. I had not substantiating documents nor means to check over that return. I moved to Hawaii, worked and paid taxes there only to one day find that the IRS had levied my wages against the amended Federal return. I had no alimony or child support from this man ever, and now not even enough money to feed his child who I supported totally. I had a friend who put me intouch with an attorney who helped me through the process of completing an Offer In Compromise. I paid off the attorney's fees, but was harrasses by the IRS with "taxes due" for the next several years, until they finally left me alone. Now, I have this California foolishness that is taking my time away from being a productive citizen. This is an outrage that needs to be stopped. How am I, or any of these other people on this forum, supposed to substantiate or refute taxes due? There was a bill, period. The State of California needs to explain this one. This is harrassment.

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