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December 15th, 2005

Well, crap! @ 10:47 pm

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

Just when it seems I'm finally getting my financial life together, and we're not having to rob Peter to pay Paul check after check, something comes along and blows it all to Hell. In this case, that Something is the IRS. We got a letter today saying we'd made mistakes on our 2004 return so we owe them over $1400 - and they want it now.

WTF? I used an online automated site to do last year's taxes - one recommended by and linked to by the IRS - that offered free e-file for lower income families. I put in all the info, it did the math and submitted it, so what's the problem? Apparently it totally ignored Gazer's income and left it off the final forms. Either that, or somehow I forgot to enter his 1099, but I choose to believe more likely it's a bug on their end. And since self-employment taxes are higher to include Social Security and such, we got refunded almost double what we should have gotten. Crap, they're right.

There's a toll-free number to ask questions; I'm going to call Monday and see if they can just take it out of this year's refund. That's the quickest way for them to get their money, so hopefully they'll go for it.

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Date:December 16th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
Shoot that really sucks Tracy. I hope everything works out for the best but unfortunately I've never known anyone to win against the IRS (they're sort of like the Python's Spanish Inquisition ;D)
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Date:December 16th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
There's no winning, unfortunately they're right. I'm just furious with myself for not catching that an entire form was missing before we sent it in. I just assumed the program was right and went with it. And y'know what happens when you assume anything...
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Date:December 16th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
The IRS does demand the money, but the can be pretty reasonable about how you get it to them if you call and talk to them. I'm sorry, sweetie. That sucks!

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