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Austrian gets $38 million tax bill by mistake

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:56 EDT
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A 22-year-old Austrian had the shock of his life when he received a tax bill for more than 29 million euros ($38 million), a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Agadir B. told the Heute daily he got the bill after filing his tax return for 2008, when he earned around 600 euros a month as a trainee, with the demand that he paid one percent — 290,420.13 euros — immediately.

“I completely flipped out,” he said. “My mum nearly had a nervous breakdown.”

His mother even phoned the tax office to query the bill and was told: “You don’t have a discussion at the checkout at Billa (a supermarket chain), you just pay,” he said.

However, a second letter later came through from the tax office, declaring the first one void and apologising for the “technical error,” the paper said.

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