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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 10:01 pm

Letters

Computer error shows need for tax overhaul


We recently received a letter from our Indiana Department of Revenue. Enclosed was an assessment form for the tax period ending Dec. 31, 2014, showing the amount due with interest and penalty.

At first I brushed it off; possibly we had made a mistake and did owe the amount due. Later, I went to our filing cabinet and pulled last year’s tax return and found the error rather quickly. The amount listed on the assessment form for federal adjusted gross income and the total Indiana Income was off by exactly $1,000 on the form received. Going over our tax return, the figures added up correctly. How could this be?

I called. After getting several recordings and putting in tax ID numbers and so forth and being on hold for more than 30 minutes, I spoke with a woman whom at first I could not convince that it was their mistake. I asked to speak with a manager. She said the computer program picked up the figure wrong and hopefully it would not happen again as they have installed a new program and we would not be assessed the amount owed.

I knew I would not get an apology but asked for one anyway. Promptly she stated that we would receive something in the mail showing zero balance. I wondered how many others they had billed incorrectly and how many tax dollars were collected in error. Our tax system needs help. Remember that when you vote this year.

JULIE EAGLESON

LaGrange


Let’s celebrate milepost on Road to One Million


It’s time to celebrate our success − together. "The Road to One Million" plan is a game-changer for northeast Indiana, representing a vision to grow our population to 1 million residents. Focusing on attracting and retaining businesses and talent, encouraging entrepreneurship, enhancing infrastructure and boosting quality-of-life offerings, the plan comprises more than 70 projects and $1.4 billion in investment. Barrett McNagny is excited to be a part of celebrating northeast Indiana’s award by sponsoring "The Road to One Million" Celebration on Thursday at the Grand Wayne Center. Since 1876, our law firm has been active in northeast Indiana and focused on helping businesses start, grow and expand. We are honored to be a part of celebrating an investment that will allow northeast Indiana to grow and expand into an economic powerhouse and be a global competitor.

As presenting sponsor, Barrett McNagny invites you to attend "The Road to One Million"  event, hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center, the celebration will include live music from the West Central Quartet, food, cash bar, champagne toast at 7 p.m. and regional door prizes from all 11 counties within the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Attendees will have the chance to see and hear more about the projects and initiatives included in the plan. Story boards will be displayed throughout the ballroom, and the first 500 attendees will receive a special giveaway courtesy of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. 

Barrett McNagny extends a sincere thank you to all those who had a role in forming the plan and salutes the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. for spearheading the initiative. It was truly a united effort. The investment over the next decade will not only benefit those currently living and working in northeast Indiana but will affect future generations that call northeast Indiana home. Join with us as we celebrate all that our region has accomplished and as we look toward a bigger and brighter future for all of northeast Indiana.

Anthony M. Stites

Barrett McNagny LLP


LGBT opponents have odd interpretation of faith


Those who claim that their religious beliefs would be compromised if they are required to serve LGBT customers certainly have, let’s say, a "refreshing" view of Christian teaching. Christ exhorts us not to sin, not to shun the sinner (or those we imagine to be). In fact, he says that we should love them.

JIM KELSEY

Fort Wayne