I had my refund taken and given to UNC Hospitals and when I called them about it they said it was for a bill from July 1997 and they told me that there is no statute of limitations for them. I was never given any notification that this setoff debt was being done nor was I ever given any notice of the debt. Is this legal? Is UNC hospitals above the SOL on debt collection laws and guidelines? This is the first time I have heard about this debt. You would think that in the almost 15 years, that they say I have owed the money, I would have been sent a bill or had something on my credit report about it. I don't know what to do at this point I have called the DOR, Consumer Dept, UNC Hospitals and no one seems to have any reason as to why they can do this.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
In some states, public hospitals are exempt from the laws that pertain to ordinary creditors, such as the statute of limitations or even the need to file a lawsuit to collect.
You may wish to review the laws in your state for any pertaining to this issue. I would also suggest that you check the court records in your community to see if the hospital obtained a court judgment against you. In many states, there are two court levels - one for debts of a small amount, and another for larger amounts. Many courts post all information online so you may not even have to go downtown to the courthouse.
Hope this perspective helps!
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Set your withholding to match or slightly more than your tax liability and you will have less at risk.
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