Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ah Ha!

So this is why they charged us $2400!

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When the IRS sends a letter letting you know they got your page long diatribe along with your payment, they have to send it TWICE. Same date. Same names. Same postmark. Same everything. They even enclose a copy of each letter. I now have FOUR copies of this letter.

Rest assured my fellow Americans that your federal tax dollars are going towards the duplication of work.

Even though I know there is no arguing with them, the fact that they unneedlessly sent two identical letters gives me a sense of smug pride.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

Y'know. . . if it were me, I'd call just to see if somehow they have on the books that they got two payments. Maybe they came to their senses and decided not to charge you the money, thus crediting you, and you could get it back.

You never know, but you DO have duplicate copies of the letter. Do they have different dates on them?

7:39 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Did you know the IRS is a private corporation? I found that out a bit ago and it disgusts me.

I'm breaking the rule of commenting before I finish my coffee, but I can't remember if I shared the fact that a friend of mine was penalized by the state of CA for OVER-paying his taxes (he's self-employed and has to "pre-pay").

California charged him $30 so that they could refund him $15. Now that is classic government bureaucracy right there.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Arrgh.

8:41 AM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

Maybe it is keeping someone in a job - but even so how annoying!!!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Well, isn't it nice to know they are so keen on taking care of the environment? All that wasted paper, how stupid. I got a letter a few weeks ago about over paying but not a bit of how to reclaim it. Annoying. They said those instructions would follow. I guess some other department handles that mailing.

I hope there's a giant mistake and you get a fat check back from all this.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

stupid IRS

11:15 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

They have to earn it somehow I guess. What a waste!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste!! Maybe as some one said they think that you paid twice and will refund your money. Love, Mom

12:17 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

O M Effing G.

Where is that smack the forehead emoticon?

12:43 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Which means you may well have only owed them $1,200.00 . I am not one bit surprized. Which means you may well have only owed them $1,200.00 . I am not one bit surprized.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

That explains so much...

3:36 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Wow, it's so nice of them to send you four letters to let you know that they haven't responded yet, but plan to respond later.

I wonder if they'll send you four more when they plan to respond, just to let you know that they're planning to respond?

4:26 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Classic. Government workers justifying their job. "But boss, we sent out elevendy-billion letters last year. We need more people!" Never mind that they were all duplicates....

6:57 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I don't even know how to respond to that. Makes me laugh, makes me want to cry.

Thank goodness my money is in such competent hands. I'd hate to thing the 15% I pay for taxes is being mishandled.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is just crazy. While I was a grad student, I know I killed quite a few trees copying reams of articles, but come ON!!!

Maybe you'll get lucky and not only will they give you a refund, but mail two checks....now there is a policy I could get behind...

10:04 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

And they probably all say "Paperwork Reduction Act" on them somewhere.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

sigh, what asshats.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

PS - I got your yarn cutter. It's really cute! I'll let you know how it works next time I have to cut yarn. Thanks!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I must be the only one here who is happy with the last tax person I spoke to.
They wanted to make sure I was paying the 'right' amount of tax on my pension, so they sent me a form followed two weeks later by a demanding letter of dire warnings.
I called them up told them a few things and then a nice woman with a Welsh accent apologised for the revenue office over taxing my pension and promised to slash the 20% tax (didn't tell me by how much) and back date it 6 months and then refund the money.
Two things spring to mind:-
1. She was yanking my chain
2. I'm about to get hit by a large piece of space rock.

4:19 PM  
Blogger buttercup said...

I just snorted pizza. That's classic!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

f-ers! lets go, big govt!! get 'er done!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

How come I am not surprised....go figure.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Ouch.
Maybe they thought you could use the extra paper because you've got to be broke after sending them more money?

8:40 AM  

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