STOP! READ THIS UPDATE.
Ive never asked for money on my blog before, but Ive just been hit with a major financial emergency.
Several months ago, the Alabama Department of Revenue decided Id underpaid on state taxes from ten years earlier. (I wasnt aware of having done so, but I dont have those records any more and so cant prove otherwise.) After theyd added on interest and late fees, the total due was about $12,000. I submitted a request form to pay it off in installments; they never said yes or no to the request form, but I kept sending in payments and they kept cashing them, which led me to be more sanguine than in retrospect I should have been.
Then suddenly today, without warning or announcement (either from the tax department or from my bank), the tax department completely cleared out my checking account, and my savings account, and my mothers checking account (I guess because were joint on it), leaving me $8000 overdrawn to boot.
I found out the moneyd been taken only by checking my balance online today and I had to go to the bank in person to find out it was a tax levy (the online balance had no information about whod withdrawn the money).
My college salary doesnt start up again until September, and I have no relatives from whom to borrow, so here I am with no money (or actually, negative $8000) for food, rent, or bills for the rest of the summer.
I havent had a chance to contact either the tax department or a lawyer yet (having spent the afternoon waiting and waiting at my bank), but Im not exactly optimistic about getting a swift and favourable resolution.
Which is why I am desperately requesting help. If you can help, please let me know whether its a gift or a loan, and send either via PayPal:
or to my snailmail address:
Roderick T. Long
402 Martin Ave.
Auburn AL 36849