Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage


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!

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