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The Federal Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has filed a tax lien against Beaver County government for unpaid taxes, according to county officials.
The federal lien was filed by the IRS with the Beaver County Prothonotary’s Office, which administers civil court records for the county.
“(We) are giving notice that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the following-named taxpayer,” the IRS notice reads. “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and right to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.”
Taxes owed by Beaver County to the IRS include $261,040 from 20016 and another $117,421.90 from 2018, for a total due of $378,461.90.
According to the IRS’ website, a federal tax lien attaches to all assets of an organization, including property, securities, and vehicles. Liens also attach to accounts receivable and can affect an organization’s ability to get credit.
Controller David Rossi told BeaverCountian.com that his office had not received a single notice from the IRS before the lien was filed, although the agency sends out multiple notices as a matter of practice before taking such drastic enforcement measures.
“The only reason I knew to look into it is because I was given a copy of the lien after it was filed by the feds,” Rossi said. “Based on the coding on it, it was basically for not paying payroll taxes. My office didn’t get anything and I have no idea where all of the IRS notices have been going in the county. We gave a copy to the payroll department that makes those payments and they are looking into the matter.”
The lien shows a failure to pay taxes with codes including “941,” which covers income, social security, and medicare taxes withheld from employee’s paychecks.
Rossi said he was informed by the payroll department that they believe all proper payments had been made by the county to the IRS, and they are now working to verify that for the IRS. He said the issue falls outside of the direct purview of his office, but he has also instructed his staff to contact the IRS to make an independent inquiry into the issue.
The county law department told BeaverCountian.com they are still researching the matter and are not yet able to provide comment.