CHICAGO - C. Steven Tucker stood face-to-face with an IRS agent this morning in his Chicago home. After months of traveling the Midwest, warning taxpayers about negative changes coming with ObamaCare, Tucker suddenly received two letters from the IRS the day before Thanksgiving 2013.
One notice said Tucker's insurance business owed taxes of $3,592 from 2003 and another said he owed over $2,000 from 2010. The letters came just days after Tucker reached out to help Bill Elliott, a South Carolina man battling cancer who had lost his health insurance as a result of Obamacare.
Tucker counseled Elliot that it was illegal for a health insurance company to drop a patient while he was being treated. Elliott took Tucker's information to his insurance company, and they reversed their cancellation, allowing Elliott to continue his cancer treatments.
The same day the insurance company reversed the cancellation, Tucker received notices from the IRS about alleged past due taxes, and the IRS notified Elliott that he - as a former government employee - would be audited in 2014.
It was all a coincidence, the IRS agent told Tucker at his home Friday morning.
"After the Treasury Inspector General and his partner met with my attorney in my home today, they believe that this action was simply a coincidence," Tucker wrote. "I still disagree. They took my statement and advised me to 'resolve this issue with the IRS as soon as possible. ...If not, I will be visited again by the IRS and they could garnish my wages or put a lien on my home," Tucker said.
Tucker told Illinois Review he had not been aware of any outstanding taxes previous to the letter he received last week from the IRS. A copy of the 2003 bill is below: