I have an interesting situation here and I'm wondering if anyone can give me their thoughts on what my options are here. I filed and paid my personal taxes properly for the year 1999. Sometime later the IRS sent me a refund check of $15,480 saying that I overpaid my taxes. This was my first year in business on my own so I just figured I did something wrong and that it was my lucky day. The $15,480 refund they sent me paid off a lot of bills. Now, 2 years later, I just received a notice in the mail today saying that *I* filed my taxes incorrectly, and that I owe them $15,480. When I call them and point out that THEY sent me the refund check I'm sure they will realize that it's they who made the mistake not me, but I'm wondering what my options are here. I'm assuming that unfortunately I have to give them this money back? But it would create an undue hardship on me as I don't have an extra $15,000 laying around right now. What should I do in a case like this? I'm thinking of calling them and saying "Look, it's not my fault you messed up ... I don't have much extra money but I can pay you $100 a month..." or something like that. Will that work? I'm going to go over all of this with my accountant but it looks like they just totally screwed up. AND now they are trying to say that I owe penalties and interest too!
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