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Hundreds line up outside Lorain Income Tax Department after being summoned for hearing

10,000 subpoenas were sent out to residents that they were scheduled to appear at a hearing at the Lorain Income Tax Department at 9 a.m.

Hundreds of people lined up at the Lorain Income Tax Department after receiving one of the more than 10,000 letters sent out to taxpayers to show up to a hearing Friday morning.

A deputy clerk confirmed that more than 10,000 subpoenas were sent out to taxpayers related to their 2017 income tax return. The letter advised residents that they were scheduled to appear at a hearing at the Lorain Income Tax Department at 9 a.m. If they did not comply with instructions, they were advised that they could face charges.

The subpoena noted that income tax paperwork, requested tax returns, or exemptions could be filed before Friday’s hearing for a dismissal.

Hundreds of people could be seen wrapped around the department’s building throughout the day.

Several residents told WKYC that they were waiting in line for hours. One resident claimed to have waited outside the building for seven hours.

A deputy clerk told WKYC's Dawn Kendrick that they saw around 800 people on Friday. Those that didn't get a chance to meet with the department will have to come back next week.