Posted On: Friday - February 18th 2022 6:44PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Humor  US Feral Government  Taxes
I've probably written multiple times before (and there will be a "Taxes" topic key coming) that I have, and I show, no respect for the IRS. I do the tax calculations on their paper forms for a number of reasons.
1) I see no reason to have an "account" of some sort by going electronic, with even more of my personal information given. I don't even give them my real phone number, which is kinda pertinent to this story today.
2) I want to physically send the returns into the middle of the pile on April 14th or thereabouts - I don't even give a damn anymore if I'm a day or two late. I don't know how big that pile is anymore*, but that's the idea.
3) I would hate doing even more on-line stuff.
4) This is a biggie too: I will neither pay ANYONE one zinc cent, nor buy the cheapest piece of software available, to help the IRS out, or even myself. It's bad enough I'm paying lots of money that is mostly used to screw me and my country, but I'll be damned if I'm going to shell out more money to help me at it.
So there you have it. It's not that hard really ... especially when you don't care that much whether you get everything right. They can write me back, as they have before, to tell me I messed up and I owe them or vice versa. Easy, peasy.
I got a letter sort of like this a few weeks ago, in fact. However, instead of it telling me I made a boo-boo, this one says that the IRS simply didn't get my '20 return. However, they have credited me with the money that I sent in for tax due. Wait, what ?? That check that they deposited was stapled to that tax return! (Yes, I know it says not to staple it, but remember that "no respect" thing? "I tell ya', I look over this guy's return, and he's got deductions for lingerie he bought for my wife. No respect, I tell ya'.") You got my money, but you didn't get the forms. It was all stapled together, so it's not like the mistake was on my end. What's it gonna be next year, "my dog ate your return on Federal Bring-your-pet-to-work day"?
I do make the effort to make a couple of copies of the returns each time, mind you. However, I don't think I'm gonna let the IRS off this easy. It's not like they wouldn't charge me penalties and actual SERIOUS interest, if the mistake were on my end.
No, I have a letter coming, which I may or may not publish on Peak Stupidity. It will read something like this: Hey, listen, IRS, I can't be "papering" over you people's mistakes. Whoever it was in your offices that collected my check for deposit had to have handled my tax return. Could you go and find out who that was? It's not like I haven't been in your situation, so let me offer a few pieces of advice from my Mom: "Keep looking. Look again! It'll turn up."
Country singer Johnny Paycheck has the same attitude as that seen here on Peak Stupidity way back in the late 1970s.
Johnny Paycheck was best known for his song Take this job and shove it., another song with a bad attitude. The song here was written by Don J. Scaife, Gladys Scaife, Phil S. Thomas, and Ronny Scaife, but I believe Mr. Paycheck took it to heart. From the Wiki page, we can read "In 1990, he filed for bankruptcy after tax problems with the IRS. "
There won't be any posts tomorrow and (as usual) Sunday, due to other obligations, so here's wishing the Peakers around the world a great weekend! Next week, more polemics about the story unfolding in Ottawa right now, more Big "TECH" Anarcho-Tyranny, a different sort of inflation post, finally something on that "R. Christian" book that explains his Georgia Guidestones, and likely more Kung Flu stupidity. See ya'.
* Well, I went ahead and did a very cursory duckduckgo search. Haha, the first blurb told me "Paper Returns Are 'Kryptonite' for IRS." So much the better!! I haven't found the number I want yet, but I also just read The IRS Just Issued a New Warning to All Taxpayers by one Kali Coleman on a site called Best Life. The sub-headline says: "THIS 2022 TAX SEASON IS SET TO BE MORE HECTIC THAN EVER BEFORE." Hahaaa! Not my problem. I just send in the money and fill out the forms to the best of my ability in the hour and a half I allot myself.