Saugus and PKS Associates can get hit by a bus

I moved out of Saugus, and Massachusetts in mid February. When I moved out, I also sold my car. I told the post office I moved, and I cancelled my registration with the RMV

Then Saugus decides I still live there, and send me an excise tax bill on a car I don’t own, from a town I don’t live in for $86.

Since I am lazy about everything, I put it off a bit, then eventually sent a letter to Saugus saying I don’t live there and to go screw. Meanwhile I get a letter from some place called PKS Associates. They claim to be the Deputy Collector of Taxes, and they sent me a little pink piece of paper with the word DEMAND in big letters at the top. Since pink paper is real expensive, they also charged me an extra $5.00, on top of the $86 I owe on a car I don’t own.

Meanwhile Saugus sends me a letter saying they want all kinds of proof I moved, so I send them every bill I had, and they eventually mail me back with some tax abatement thing. They did me the kind favor of lowering the tax I owe to only $22.00, but since Saugus can’t afford computers or typewriters, hand written on a piece of paper was a note saying “you still owe other fees, talk to the tax collector” and they enclosed directions in maybe size 40 font saying how to get to the Deputy Tax Collector from Saugus. Apparantly Saugus doesn’t have phones either. Maybe with my $22.00 they can buy one of those new fangled cordless phones.

Then, shortly after that, I get a yellow piece of paper from PKS Associates. This one says “WARRANT” in big bold letters. Yellow pieces of paper cost more that pink ones, and they charged me $10.00, and the writing on the piece of paper costs $12.00.

So I wrote a letter telling them to screw, but never sent it to them. Apparantly I really am lazy.

Now over the weekend they sent me a big piece of paper. It was a full 8.5×11 page! this one was a nice greenish blue, and it was hand delivered to my parents house (where I don’t live) yet again. This one says “FINAL WARRANT” and they threatened me saying that if I don’t send them $133.45, they are going to break my legs, and tell the registry not let me renew my license or renew my car registration. You know, on the car I don’t own, and on the license in the state I don’t live in.

I called them today, and some nice spanish speaking american tried telling me that the service charges are “state law” and there is no way he can reverse them, even though they had incorrect records, and also that Saugus spent over a month refusing to accept the fact that I moved away, or even that the car doesn’t exist. I asked him to tell me where in the Massachusetts law it says he can’t reverse the service charges, and he puts me on hold for a minute, then comes back and says “50″ thats it. Just the number 50. I tell him that isn’t the law, there has to be another number, he puts me on hold, comes back and says “oh sorry, it was actually 5,0″ the asshole made it up.

The funny part is that section 50 of Mass. General Law is all about taxes, so I read the whole section, especially the various parts on excise tax yet not once did it say that fine or services charges were required. The only mention even of a fee was for if you don’t pay the final warrant, and how after they submit the fee to the RMV, it will cost me another $20 to reinstate my license.

So I am debating this in my head now:
1) I don’t have a MA license, or a car registered in MA
2) My license is inches away from being suspended anyway. Maybe I should tell them to wait in line.

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