If you put "the" and "IRS" together it spells "theirs" which may have something to do with getting any kind of break from the taxman pretty rare here.
When I moved to a new apartment in Dallas 8 months later, I updated the registration.
A year later I moved to yet another apartment in Dallas, where I again updated the registration.
After living in that third apartment for 9 months, I received a notice from the City of Dallas that I owed them for three years (1990, 1991, 1992) of what they called a "Vehicle Value Tax", and that I also owed penalties and interest for 1990 and 1991, which hadn't been paid yet.
I wasn't aware that the city would tax me on the value of my vehicle. I didn't have a problem with it, I figure they have to raise money somehow, it was just a weird way to do it. And the amount of the tax wasn't much (I think it was between $20 & $25 per year for my truck*). So I sent them a check for the three years worth of taxes, but did NOT include the penalties and interest. I included a note stating that I wasn't paying the penalties and interest, because I didn't think it was fair to charge me for something that I wasn't aware of.
They sent another letter requesting the penalties and interest, so I called them and explained my position. The agent and I went back and forth about it a few times. I stated that I had no problem paying the tax, just not the penalties and interest. I told him that I wasn't aware of the tax, had never received a notice, so I felt that it wasn't on me. He did acknowledge that the notices they sent me were all returned to them (because I had moved before they sent the notices). I told him that it was unreasonable to expect people to move to the area and think, "hmmm, I wonder what random items I might be taxed on by the city?"
At one point, he said, "If I owed someone money, I'd make sure I knew how much it was and would pay it."
I replied, "If someone owed me money, I'd make sure they knew how much it was and that they'd pay it."
He ended up waiving the penalties and interest, and I moved to Mesquite that Fall, so I didn't owe for 1993. They did away with the tax before I moved back to Dallas in 2001.
* The tax was based on Blue Book value of the vehicle as of January 1 of the year in question, for any vehicle 7 years old or newer. If a resident of Dallas owned a vehicle on Jan 1, they owed tax on it. So a base model 1987 Isuzu P'up wasn't worth a whole lot during those three years.