Cash tax payments definitely missing in Coventry

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copyright the Chronicle November 2, 2016


by Elizabeth Trail

COVENTRY — A Coventry resident who prides himself on being the first person to get his taxes paid every year also became the first person to prove he made cash tax payments that never made it to the bank, forensic accountant Jeff Graham told the select board at their meeting Monday night.

“He goes to the post office the day the tax bills come out every year,” Mr. Graham said. “He gets his bill, walks across the street, and pays his taxes. In cash.”

Letters sent out by the accounting firm Graham & Graham several weeks ago asked about 163 Coventry property owners to prove how they paid their taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015 — when, how much, and whether they paid by check or cash.

The letters were mailed to everyone whose taxes are marked “paid” in the town office, if Mr. Graham couldn’t tie the payment to a deposit ticket, he explained before the letters went out.

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