Friday, December 07, 2007

Christmas Miracle

I checked the mail today, nothing unusual about that right?

Along with the dismal discovery that the Mormons have yet again been able to track us down (Dr. Mad Scientist is a renegade lamb who broke from the flock in high school and they've been after him ever since. No disrespect for LDSers, but please, please stop calling, knocking and mailing us stuff. We've told you NUMEROUS times in writing and otherwise that we're not interested. We respect what flips your cookie, but that doesn't mean we want a bite!), and wedged in with a gorgeous Christmas card from another Kay I hold near and dear, was the characteristic set of letters (one addressed to me, and one addressed to Dr. Mad Scientist) from my favorite government agency--the IRS!

Guess what? We owe MORE MONEY!

However, the kind and benevolent jackweeds that they are, had this to say about what we owed:

100_5024

Awww!!! They said we didn't have to pay them $3.74! How sweet!

I'm not even going to talk about how much money it must have cost us as taxpayers to examine, prepare, and mail these notices in duplicate. Who voted that duplicate law into practice anyway?

I think I've covered that quite enough.

Those poor people working for the IRS. When I start to think that my job is unfulfilling I'll pull out these letters and think about the poor sap that had to draft and mail these out. I'm rolling my eyes at receiving them, can you imagine what the poor IRS employee sending them was thinking???

Speaking of jobs, I just deleted a very large portion of text ranting about my job.

Sigh. Let's just say it's been very very busy and am being rewarded for my hard work with more work.

Yay.

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You they didn't really type up that letter. It is a canned letter that they just fill in the relevant info and print out then sends on to their boss to sign, who then sends it back to the first lackee to fold and stuff into an envelope who then sends it to the mail room to be mailed out. But hey! Merry Christmas!!! You don't owe that money!!! Love, Mom

7:52 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Geesh!! I was so scared for you that they wanted more $$!! glad they don't!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I am trying to be thankful for my job as they pile more work onto my already crowded plate. Because of when the holidays fall, I have to squeeze 4 weeks of work into 2 weeks and teach 4 crisis management classes. By the time the 21st rolls around I will be a puddle on the floor. Hand in there! It doesn't do any good to bitch but it feels good.

9:06 PM  
Blogger KnitterBunny said...

thanks for the chuckle (sorry it's at your expense), but I've been reading about Mit Romney and then you mentioned Mormons and I lost it

too funny

10:08 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Well now, don't go spending all that money in one place. Like on a cup of coffee and a bagel or anything.

Ah, yes. Rewarding hard work with more work. That be the "Curse of Competence." Sucks, don't it!

2:19 AM  
Blogger Criosa said...

oh, good news! I was hoping they figured out they overcharged you and you had a refund or something, but zero is good too!

now, if only major health care corp around here could figure that out. I had to write a check for $1.46 to a client's medical provider out of their settlement yesterday! ridiculous! (don't get me started on the 25c checks I need to send to various local governments for police reports)

7:42 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

I just got that speech at work on Thursday. "Since you're doing such a great job, we want you to do all the suck ass jobs! Happy Holidays!". Bah humbug I say!

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Those people (Mormons and IRS) really need to lose your address. Enough already! I'm frustrated for you! I hope work calms down soon.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

A. I live in a sea of LDS and am biting my tongue bloody on the subject as I am a guest in your house.
B. The IRS have been very cooperative with us and dropped a late fee (hefty) that was incurred when our bank f***ed up. I was scared there for a minute that you really had to pay more. Yikes.
C. Never show them at work that you are an intelligent, efficient and worthwhile employee. You will certainly be asked to do more stuff. However, keeping a written account of all increased duties, accomplished deadlines and extra detail work is a valuable tool to have at your evaluation interview for pay raise purposes.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Glad they didn't want more money! It would have been crazy when a huge pack of knitters showed up at the IRS office demanding to know why they felt the need to steal yarn money from you.

Hey, you could work in retail with me. Oh yeah, it's a happy time this time of year.

11:34 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I'm glad the IRS mess is behind you!

Yesteday I got a notice that I can get $25 as part of a settlement for using my ATM (ok, the details are fuzzy).

11:37 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Not to pick at a sore, but rabid curiosity has gotten the better of me: Is there text to go with the asterisk by *Underpayment credit (and is it explanatory/entertaining/rant- worthy)?

Who would you say is more tenacious, LDS or IRS?

12:01 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Sheesh - I had to go back and read your post again - I thought they were saying you owed them another two grand. Whew!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Lien said...

Whew! So the IRS decided to be merciful. The last time I got a letter from the IRS, it turned out I'd miscalculated (first year working abroad) and I owed them nearly $1000.

Glad your letter didn't have that lovely bit of news.

5:20 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Amazing. Why even send the notice then, eh? Geez.

Work will always suck until they figure out a way for us all to make a good living doing the hobbies we truly love. I envy those people that live in the mountains and make their living carving drums out of felled trees.

Or something.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Stoopid IRS

8:38 PM  
Anonymous bufanditas said...

Save that letter!! It's your proof that they forgive you for the difference. ;)

8:50 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

Ina: The asterisk corrolates to the sentence "We reduced your payment to zero because the amount owed was so small." It got cut off in the picture.

LDS is much more tenacious. If the IRS really wanted to hunt people down for money, they'd employ the LDS. Those people are amazing at finding us--although I think maybe they get some help from Dr. MS's relatives.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those LDS'ers are something else. I will not rant about them....

Hey, you would be very proud of me. That Christmas card I sent you cost me a whole .10. I got a box of 20 for $2.00 after Christmas. I bought 4 boxes! Yeee!

The stamp cost more than the card!

Hugs to you and Merry Christmas!

Kay

4:39 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That's impressive. I have a friend who got bills with the amount due as $0.00 for his student loans for about a year before they would give him another student loan. Amazing how paperwork can be such a headache. How very kind of them to forgive the small amount due. I guess that's how they can charge those crazy interest rates!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

speaking of work...yeah well, I just got my check, and the bastards gave me a $25 bonus... and then taxed it. Argh! I thought about sending the 25 back, with a nasty letter about how they must need the $$ more than me... but hell, I needed that $25!!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Hang onto that letter in case they change their minds again! Good grief.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Ha! Well I'm glad they didn't make you send them anymore money. I was worried as soon as you mentioned the IRS.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Wow, now you guys can retire and travel the world. You must have friends in D.C. ;)

4:34 PM  

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