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Texas man arrested for paying tax in $1 bills. What ...?
Posted 2/4/15

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Here more info, was reading when I was on break, my guess he wanted a reciept
from Forbes
If your interested in the whole article
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2015/02/03/texas-man-arrested-after-attempt-to-pay-taxes-with-dollar-bills/




A Wichita Falls man made news last week when he was arrested while trying to pay his property taxes.

Only there’s a little bit more to the story than that. The 27-year old Texan, Timothy Andrew Norris, arrived in person at the Wichita County Courthouse to pay his $600 property tax with individual dollar bills – only there was a twist. Or, er, a fold. Norris had allegedly folded each bill so tightly that it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill.”

If you’re doing the math, that means that it would take 3,600 minutes – or 60 hours, longer than a work week – to unfold the bills.

Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth said that the spectacle brought work in the office to a halt so he asked Norris to leave. Norris refused and was eventually arrested and charged with criminal trespass. As you can imagine, Norris was none too happy about being arrested and attempted to break away from the arresting officer, earning him an additional charge of resisting arrest.

Norris might have been agitated because he was cutting it a bit close. According to the “official online window on state government service from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts,” most counties and/or municipalities usually mail their tax bills in October. The final deadline for payment is generally February 1, after which a payment is considered delinquent. Norris arrived at the courthouse before the delinquency date – on January 28 – to pay his taxes which means that he was still on time.


Texas makes it clear that cash is an acceptable form of payment for property taxes. At Section 31.06 of the Texas Code:


A collector shall accept United States currency or a check or money order in payment of taxes and shall accept payment by credit card or electronic funds transfer.

The same is true for the feds. There is no law that says you have to pay your taxes by check, credit card or by using the largest bills possible. By federal law, at Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, you can pay your taxes in coins and currency:

United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.

You may not want to try this at home. When you pay your taxes in cash, you’ll need proof of payment, which means you need a receipt. If you make it difficult for your payment to be counted, you might not get that receipt. The tax office isn’t staying open extra hours to count your money – nor do they have an obligation to do so. I’m guessing that you could make the argument that the tax office is required to count your cash every day until they have a total (and therefore a receipt) for you. In the case of Mr. Norris, assuming that they put a staffer on unfolding and counting his cash payment every day, it would take over a week to process, likely making Mr. Norris’ tax payment late.

Of course, we weren’t in the tax assessor’s office that day but I’m guessing Norris didn’t offer to come back the next day. Again, we don’t know what happened exactly. We just know it didn’t end well.


If you don't mind I gonna go a head and put that in my original post if you don't mind.

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'Murica, fuck yeah!
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No problem
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perrandy wrote:

amazing how stupid people can be.only in america


pretty sure people can be stupid anywhere.
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perrandy wrote:

amazing how stupid people can be.only in america


pretty sure people can be stupid anywhere.


It's safer to assume people are stupid til proven otherwise.
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i did kinda the same thing once. I was in bay city michigan and stopped at the state park to stretch my legs from driving and let my pug run around and be all pug like. when i got back to the car there was a ticket on my windshield i had to pay to be in the park. i didn't have any cash on me so i paid the 4 or 5 dollar fine in mostly pennies, nickles and quarters from my center console. then came the challenge of trying to put the envelope in the 5mm slot that took some careful work.
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Log0 wrote:

6 minutes? A blowjob on the tax office supervisor per bill? Strange country.


6 minutes per bill. So 6 minutes x 600 = 60 hours to count his money.

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Not even just 'Murica
In this case, reinforcing crap stereotypes about Texans.
One of which i believe is that we're consisered hella dumb. And on an unrelated note, hella ignorant bible thumping cowboy hat and boot wearing football toters.
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I bet he'll pay his bail in $1 bills.
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That's stupid, I thought $1 bills were the weakest printed money,
Al they had to do was count to 600 and hope he slipped a 2 or 5 in by mistake.
Posted 2/4/15
people still pay tax in cash these days?

there's something called direct debit.... :-/
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people still pay tax in cash these days?

there's something called direct debit.... :-/


that is what most people do. the point here is the guy was deliberately being a prick, and wanted to pay his debt in the most pain in the ass way possible, and thus pulled this stupid little stunt.
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