Imposter posing as East Liverpool tax official

EAST LIVERPOOL The city tax commissioner is cautioning residents to not open their door to anyone posing as an employee of the department regarding delinquent taxes, saying no such home visits are being made.

Commissioner Tracey Tennant said Thursday an employee received a phone call from a resident saying he returned from work and his mother, who had been home alone, told him someone came to the door claiming to be from the tax department.

The man told her he was there regarding delinquent city income tax and wanted to come in, but the woman refused to let him enter the home.

“The tax department does not go to homes. We (notify delinquent taxpayers) by either mail or telephone,” Tennant emphasized.

She said if by chance a summons is issued and not picked up by the taxpayer, it would be delivered by a uniformed city police officer, not the “fat, white man” this resident described.

“No one from this office would do this,” Tennant said, stressing, “Don’t let anyone in your home.”