NEW YORK (PIX11) – Casim Budhoo is a barber who says he’s getting scalped by the IRS. It’s seizing his tax refunds to cover an old debt, a student loan that supposedly dates from the mid 80’s. As Casim shaved my head, he told me he has an ironclad alibi.
“I was incarcerated.”
Casim was doing time for attempted robbery and later for drugs when the IRS says he got the $15,000 loan.
“It’s impossible for me to take out a student loan even if I was incarcerated.”
Yes, it is. But the IRS isn’t listening.
Casim has turned his life around. But with the IRS on his case and his money being taken, he says this is having a devastating effect on him.
“I can’t get housing, can’t get a loan. Can’t get a bank account, I can’t do anything.”
So Casim contacted us.
We called the IRS, but they referred us to an arm of the Treasury Department, the Fiscal Service Bureau. We spoke with a federal official who was surprisingly helpful. Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Debt Management Services Ronda Kent assured us her agency would try to get to the bottom of this.
A few days later, Casim received a call from them. Now he must fill out some forms. But we’ve been assured the Financial Service Bureau will stay on Casim’s case and see it through.
Trust us, it’s rare when you get this kind of response from a government agency. Big thanks to them. We’ll see what happens.