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Widow Losing $280,000 Home Because Of Unpaid $6 Tax Bill

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An unpaid $6.30 late fee that led to a tax lien could cost widow Eileen F. Battisti her $280,000 home in Center, Pennsylvania.

A county judge upheld the sale of Battisti’s home [2] to an investor.

“To steal a house for $6 is ludicrous,” Battisti told The Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Battisti and her three children will lose their home because she didn’t pay the $6.30 late fee charged to her because her property tax [3] payment was six days late. When the fee wasn’t paid, a lien on Battisti’s home was sold to an investor named S.P. Lewis at a county tax auction.

Battisti contends that she never received any notice of the late fee or the auction. County Judge C. Gus Kwidis disagreed and ruled that she had received the proper notices.

“There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011,” Kwidis wrote. “Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale [4] was sent by first class mail and was not returned.”

“I paid everything, and didn’t know about the $6.30,” Battisti told the Associated Press. “For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy.”

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Not surprisingly, Battisti and her attorney, Ed Santillan, plan to appeal Kwidis’s ruling. Santillan noted that Battisti could lose as much as $200,000 in equity if the higher courts don’t overturn Kwidis’s decision.

If Battisti is forced to move, she will be entitled to $108,039 in proceeds from the tax auction, Kwidis said. Her home, which has an appraised value of $280,000, sold for $116,000 at the tax auction, and around $8,000 from the auction was used to cover unpaid property taxes that Battisti claims she paid.

Battisti told the AP that she had a hard time paying the property tax because her late husband had handled the family’s taxes. She became behind on her taxes after he died in 2004.

“Yes, I had issues. I’m a widow. I’m raising three kids on my own, trying to put them through college,” Battisti said. “Yes, it took me a while to get the bills, but I pay my bills.”

Tax Lien Nightmares Across the Country

Battisti and her children are not the only ones facing such tax lien nightmares. News stories indicate that many Americans are losing homes to investors because of what some see as tax lien abuse [6]. Some examples of such abuse uncovered by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Bulletin and The Washington Post include:

Apparently in America, even the smallest amount of unpaid taxes could cost you your home.

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