Sophie Kosofsky - Revenge of the Comma
If you think you've had back luck at times, just imagine losing your pay for a month because of a punctuation mistake. That's what happened in one of my most memorable cases.
Ms. Kosofsky worked building film sets and she received a 1099 for $750. However, the director, an Italian, wrote this amount as $750,00 (in Italy, they use commas to separate numerals and decimals instead of periods). The IRS recorded this as seventy five thousand in income and proceeded to do an assessment and a wage levy. (which do to address changes she didn't learn about until it happened)
I was able to fix the matter internally with the IRS by persuading the Collections Unit to grant us a collection hold while the changes could be made. Ultimately, the incorrectly garnished funds were returned.
Sometimes little things can mean a lot...