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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.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Icanread
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Icanread

Why didn’t they pay it when notified- before penalties and interest accrued? Come on people. Who’s in charge of payroll?

Varmint VanQuip
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Varmint VanQuip

Hahaha seriously, what is the deal with this clown circus of a county?

Truthful
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Truthful

It is all due to the lack of education, professionalism, and experience in county politics. People get jobs NOT based on qualifications!
How many high school graduates are suited to run government???

Looks who’s running for office!

Wendy
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Wendy

What a shame,the commissioners are well aware of the problem with the payroll department for the last 2 years. County employees were paid a week early at the beginning of the year. Continuously mess up employees vacation and sick time. Continuously short or overpay employees. But apparently the Dept head is related to someone? Source out the payroll, big companies do it and get it right. Last year my husband got an extra 5 days of vacation because of payrolls mistake. Thank You!

sallyrea
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sallyrea

UGH— I am going to reserve judgment on this till we see if it was the fault of the IRS… but if not… I’m certainly going to have something to say.
If it is on us…The county…Again no accountability… Where is the oversight?
Maybe this extra $ that may not have been paid is why two of the three commissioners think that we are sitting very well financially… or maybe it’s in someone’s pocket…
It will be interesting to see where the fault lies.

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

Two out of the three, huh? Well, don’t get too excited about Sandie. Our Treasurer candidate apparently can’t read a bank statement any better than the other two. She and Rossi are running to handle money positions??? Verrrrry qualified. LOL

Raven
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Raven

No need to worry. Turn this matter over to Tony Amadio. Following his past keen budgeting insights, he will likely try to convince the IRS that there is actually a surplus, and overpayments, and that it owes the County money. Camp will rubber stamp it. The Times will carry the story. No one will question it. Simple.

Sally Rea
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Sally Rea

TRUTH you are so right Raven!