Man Pays Back Taxes in Pennies

He had to visit 10 banks to do it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2010 12:08 PM CDT
Man Pays Back Taxes in Pennies
Brian Kiros gave Hartford a lot of pennies.   (Shutterstock)

The city of Hartford got its most annoying tax payment ever yesterday, when a man showed up with a hand truck full of more than 30,000 pennies. Brian Kiros was furious over his $301.76 tax bill: He’d moved to Vermont a year and a half earlier but had forgotten to return his Connecticut license plates, meaning taxes kept piling up. “I'm like, if they are going to bother me like this, I'm going to bother them,” he tells WFSB.

He drove to 10 banks before he collected the pennies he needed. At one bank he managed to grab $175, but it was all in rolls. “It’s 50 rolls for $25, and I spent three hours last night just unrolling them,” he says. But when he got to the front of the line at city hall, he was $1.72 short, so he wound up having to use a couple of paper dollars after all. He even got 28¢ in change. (More pennies stories.)

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