Saturday, April 18, 2009

IRS Helpful?

Okay, here is something that you will find quite unbelievable. I made a mistake. I know. That is hard to believe, but it is true. Okay, maybe that isn’t too hard to believe, but listen to this. I called the IRS today to check on the status of my income tax return, and I had made a mistake, and they fixed it for me. It turns out that I will get an extra 300 dollars on top of what I had previously expected! We’ve all heard the nightmare type stories that people have told about the IRS, but maybe there is hope. Not only did they fix the error and get more money for me, but they are also sending a written explanation with the check explaining what changes they made so that I’ll know about this particular deduction for the future. In years past, I have used the 1040 EZ form to do my taxes, so there really isn’t any danger of mistakes. This year however, since I now have a child, the EZ form won’t do, so maybe the mistake wasn’t so unforeseeable. What is the moral here? Well, there are a few. First, taxes stink! We pay way too much of them. Maybe another is that if you are having trouble doing your tax return, calling the IRS for help is a pretty good idea. Or maybe the moral is simply that we can (to an extent) trust the IRS. Happy tax return season.

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