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Pinal County official warns residents about scam calls regarding taxes

Pinal County Treasurer Dodie Doolittle said her office has received calls regarding a tax scam targeting some local residents.

“Our office has been contacted by residents saying they have received messages from a person claiming to be with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,” Treasurer Doolittle stated. “They are told that their address is under federal investigation. I am forwarding on a statement from the Office of the Inspector General regarding this scam and how to report if you receive a call from these scammers.”

From the Office of Inspector General:

“There are numerous telephone and e-mail scams in which individuals claim to be employees of the Treasury Department. These scammers often state that they are from the ‘Department of Legal Affairs,’ offer grant money in exchange for you wiring a small payment or threaten to arrest you within a short period of time unless payment is made. Do not provide personal information or payment to these individuals. Their actions are crimes under Titles 18 and 31 of the United States Code, and the Treasury Office of Inspector General is working to stop them.

Pinal County Town Hall Oct. 22 to focus on taxes

“Where Your Tax Goes” is the theme for the 28th Annual Pinal County Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Poston Butte High School, 32375 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley.

Registration and breakfast begin at 7:40 a.m.; the final session begins at 4:15 p.m. (see agenda below).

Only a handful of spaces remain, Town Hall Director Maxine Brown said by phone Oct. 21. The late registration fee is $85, according to the event website.

Approximately 180 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions, according to a press release.

A pre-event reception and networking get-together will take place 5-7 p.m. tonight — Wednesday, Oct. 21 — at the LB Cantina On-the-Patio in Florence.

The overall goal of the sessions, Ms. Brown said in a press release, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge to understand their Pinal County tax bill. We will hear from both sides: why and why not? What does that darn bill mean? The Pinal County Town Hall believes information on how the taxes work from the state down to the county and where they go from there will improve the knowledge of delegates and enable them to return to their community with a better understanding.”

This year’s speakers include Ken Bennett, government relations at Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. Bennett has served on a city council, the State Board of Education, as president of the Arizona Senate, as the 19th Arizona Secretary of State and the CEO of a private business. He will explain taxes at the state level with Levi Gibson, director of Pinal County Finance, providing information on how the county tax system works.

Arizona Tax Research Association will provide information on their findings regarding the Arizona tax system. The town hall will have panels representing cities/towns and special districts.

For registration or sponsorship packets and/or additional information, call Ms. Brown at 480-322-1626 or e-mail m.leather@mchsi.com.