The New York Post reported earlier this year that a taxpayer who tripped over a telephone cord during an audit sued the IRS and won $862,000. And he doesn’t have to pay taxes on his windfall.
The man was in the middle of working out a repayment deal for a $60,000 tax debt owed to the IRS when he tripped over a telephone cord and hit a cabinet. He claimed he’d lost feeling in his lower leg and had shoulder pain, and that the IRS should compensate him for pain and suffering.
$862,000 sounds like a lot until you hear what the man sued for—$10 million. The judge didn’t agree that his tumble was worth quite that much, however, and limited the payout.
The moral of the story? Some people are pretty lucky.