Letter: NYS charging high interest on taxes

The IRS expects to process 149 million returns

The IRS expects to process 149 million returns from individuals this year. (Credit: istock)

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In 2009, I made an error on my state tax return. This year, I received notice from the state indicating that due to underreporting on my tax forms, I owe $2,809.76 in taxes and $709.61 in "interest amount assessed."

So my question is, what interest rate is the state charging? Considering that I am getting a fraction of a percent on my savings, is New York charging loan shark rates?

By notifying me four years later -- I guess I am lucky the state did not wait seven years -- I am being charged for four years of interest. New York State needs to be fair when human error on a tax return is made, charge a reasonable interest rate (for example, 3 percent), and cap it at one year.

Henry Smith, Floral Park

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