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I got a letter from the Colorado Tax people requesting more information about my 2001 state income tax deduction for my 529 contributions. They want proof that it was actually me who made the deposit, and would like something like a copy of the cancelled checks.

The institution I wrote the checks from did not give me copies of cancelled checks, and after much running around they claim not to be able to find copies from that far back. So all I have is an account statement from the institution showing that checks were cashed, without saying who the money was sent to, and an account statement from the 529 showing deposits of the same amount on similar days. I will send copies of these in, and maybe they will be accepted and maybe not.

Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? The total amount of taxes at issue is about $200, plus they threaten interest and penalties. Is it worth it to hire an expert? What kind of expert should I hire?
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