See You Later, Sam Tanasso

Yesterday we learned that Sam Tanasso, long-time friend of the Wilcox family, passed away Friday at age 80.

Sam was the treasurer at our church when we lived in Massachusetts, and had been there as long as I could remember.

An online obituary is available here, including a Web form to send a note of condolences to the family.

I will have to write a bit more later.

Death and Taxes

Taxpayer Dies After Official Error
Mon Nov 1, 2004 07:49 AM ET

WARSAW (Reuters) – A Polish taxpayer died from a heart attack after a demand for immediate payment in full of 80,000 zlotys ($23,560) following a mistake by the tax office.
Locksmith Zbigniew Macewicz died during a hearing in the central city of Bydgoszcz, where tax collectors demanded 80,000 zlotys because he failed to keep to a restructuring agreement.

But, in fact, the tax office had miscalculated one payment, telling Macewicz to pay 8.80 zlotys less than he should have and thus putting him in arrears on his repayment schedule.

The government expressed regret over the incident.

“I express my deep regret at the taxpayer's death,” deputy Finance Minister Stanislaw Stec was quoted by the Gazeta Wyborcza daily as saying in Bydgoszcz, where he was sent to look into the matter.

He ordered an internal audit of the city's tax authorities.

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