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Man Hit With 2-Cent Tax Debt

January 31, 1996

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ When the taxman cometh, neither logic nor simple math can stop him.

Even so, Gioacchino Cacciato was shocked when he received a letter _ with a 32-cent stamp on it _ informing him he was delinquent on his November taxes and owed the city 2 cents.

``It’s the dumbest thing I think I’ve ever seen,″ Cacciato said Monday.

Thinking the notice was a mistake, Cacciato put it in a drawer and forgot about it for about a month, until another one came. He then realized he had better pay up.

Tax collector Peggy Moncrief said the city normally does not waste money pursuing such small debts. ``We usually catch those cases before they go out in the mail,″ she said.

The mix-up probably occurred when Cacciato, a handyman, went to City Hall to pay a $3,200 property tax bill _ and a late penalty of several dollars. Somehow he ended up owing 2 cents.

He said he planned to pay 3 cents to cover his debt _ and any interest.

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