Teen hit with hefty tax bill for part-time job
IRS claims $970 in earnings as $97K
A 18-year-old man has caught the eye of the Internal Revenue Service for the worst of reasons.
The IRS said Calub Moore owes taxes on $97,000 that he supposedly made while working a part-time cleanup job.
Moore said he did do some work with a cleaning crew in 2011, when he was 16, but didn't make anywhere near the amount of money the IRS said he did.
"It was just a cleaning job. We just went from location to location, doing mopping, sweeping trash and all that," he said.
"I was flabbergasted. I didn't know what to think," said his mother, Katina Gronberg.
Moore said he first thought he was victim of identity theft.
Moore was paid in cash. His employer said he reported the payment to the IRS on a 10-99 form.
"My son did get a 10-99 from that year for $970," Gronberg said.
The family looked into whether a misplaced decimal point was the reason behind the mistake. Moore, who is still a dependent of his parents, single and under 65, isn't even required to fill out a form if his earnings were less than $5,800.
The IRS told Gronberg she must fill out another form to start the challenge.
"That's probably what we'll have to do," she said. "I just don't know why the IRS puts it on us to fix it when we didn't cause this problem. It's just ludicrous to think a 16-year-old kid would owe $97,000."
She said she's thinking about taking the problem to her tax man, but she may need a tax attorney and can't afford one.
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