Oh, tax anguish…

Oh, tax anguish…


I'm pretty hopeless about this situation, but I figure if there's anything to be done, the wonderful people on this community would know! My mother opened a business three years ago, as a retailer. Long story short, she closed it soon after. She went through all the paperwork, got a retailer's number, and began to pay taxes on the business (which was out-of-home). She spoke to our accountant when she closed the business about stopping the taxes, and was told to simply write 'out of business' on the bill, sign it, and send it back, which she did. Now, two years later, she's recieved a bill of taxes for almost $350 on the business. She called the accountant and found out that there was some sort of form she'd had to fill out and file, which the accountant had SAID she would take care of but now claims she told my mother to file. Now, we're going to have to go through a lawyer to get the form filled out and filed, pay the $350 bill, AND lawyer fees. She called the state and they said they couldn't do anything if the form wasn't filed, which she's not 100% sure wasn't (but she can't find a copy anywhere) Is there anything we can do? My poor mother, who's a wreck with forms and such, is in tears, about to call our lawyer and just pay the money (which we REALLY don't have). I don't have much hope, as there seems to be too many people involved to get a straight answer out of anyone, and it seems rather cut-and-dry, no form, no tax break. Meep, help?

Edit: Well, the lawyer told us we could download the form ourselves and file it, which saves lawyer fees, but no way to get out of that $350 bill, right?

Edit 2: Thanks everyone, my mom called again and turns out the accountant was WRONG, the form had been filed, but a year later than she had originally said she would do, and the bill was for that extra year. New accountant time, methinks. Thanks!
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