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So to understand how this feels, imagine you're in my situation for a minute. You owed a ton of taxes for 2008. You paid it all. Your debt to the United States is taken care of you're done with it. Then you get something in the mail that looks like check from the IRS.

Hmmm...that's odd. Maybe I overpaid by a few dollars by mistake. Maybe I'm getting $10 back or $100 if I made a mistake. Let's see. You rip open the envelope and find this!:












Needless to say, I am overjoyed and panicked at the same time. Overjoyed because I can think of some luxuries I'm going to spend that on but panicked because I'm sure the IRS made a huge mistake. In my panic I called my accountant. First I asked him if there was a logical explanation for this, and he said no. So I told him I didn't want to risk keeping it if it was a mistake and asked him if I should call the IRS. He offered to call for me and then called me right back.

It was a mistake.

Some one at the IRS entered the numbers wrong when they processed my taxes and I have to send it back. The irony here is that because I guessed on my quarterly taxes wrong and underpaid last year (which is why I owed so much in April), I am subject to a penalty of about $200 if the IRS feels inclined to bill me for it. I hope after sending all this money back to them and not cashing their big, fat, $4,600 mistake, they are kind enough to reward me by NOT making me pay a penalty.

And by the way, IRS, you are big fat tease!

Comments

The important thing is that you did the right thing by checking with the IRS. Not a lot of people would have done that. Good on you!
Honestly, I didn't feel like I had the choice. That is WAY too much money to cash and then have the IRS come after me 3 years down the road for after I have already spent it.
The IRS told me I owe them more money from 2007. Hopefully they made a mistake there too!
well, your best to have done that. because eventually they would have caught there mistake, and you would have had to pay it back on your next years taxes.

Sux though!! And they probably will not give you a break on that $200...they are not that nice ;)

lol
Only you and I know what I would have spent that $4,600 on, had it not been a mistake. Shhhh...don't tell. ;)
You mean you'd have considered getting that steampunk skirt? No, seriously, in this economy some people wouldn't have hesitated to cash it. That you decided to check to make sure it wasn't a mistake speaks volumes about your character...


Edited to add: Mea Culpa... I meant to direct you and your lady friends' attention to this site but I fubared it. I apologize for the inconvenience...

Edited at 2009-06-03 04:21 am (UTC)
That link rocks!

I appreciate that you think so highly of me but I honestly can't take the credit. I never thought for a minute the IRS wouldn't figure it out a year or two or three down the line. I simply don't want to deal with the consequences of keeping the money.
You couldn't have cashed it, anyway - the name and address are all blurry. ;)