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On 1/26/2022 at 5:16 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

We got a notice from the IRS (the federal tax people) today, informing us that 1) they have not yet received our tax return that was due this past April, and 2) we have a credit with them.

Thing is, the amount of the credit is precisely the amount of the check that we mailed to them in April, in the same envelope with our return.

I am sorely tempted to write them a rather snide letter to that effect.  But I won't.  *sigh*  This snafu isn't the fault of the lackey in charge of reading letters, so I'll just send them a copy of the return, as requested.  With a cover letter that calmly points out the facts above.   :P

 

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Normally I'm pretty quick to leap to the defense of federal employees, but THAT is pretty pathetic......

I'd be curious to hear their explanation. If you get one. Which I doubt....

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1 hour ago, Arcadia said:

I'd be curious to hear their explanation. If you get one. Which I doubt....

Well, if they don't believe my explanation, we may hear from them eventually.  It's hard to imagine what they'd be demanding from us, though, considering that they've already admitted (in writing) to having the money, and we've now sent them (a copy of) the return that jibes precisely with the amount.

I assume it was a simple matter of somebody shredding the wrong papers, or our (original) return being accidentally knocked into a wastebasket.  Doubt very much that they'd be able to determine exactly what happened, at this point.  In an agency that large, it's actually kind of amazing that this sort of thing (whatever it was) doesn't happen more often.

 

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6 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

Well, if they don't believe my explanation, we may hear from them eventually.  It's hard to imagine what they'd be demanding from us, though, considering that they've already admitted (in writing) to having the money, and we've now sent them (a copy of) the return that jibes precisely with the amount.

I assume it was a simple matter of somebody shredding the wrong papers, or our (original) return being accidentally knocked into a wastebasket.  Doubt very much that they'd be able to determine exactly what happened, at this point.  In an agency that large, it's actually kind of amazing that this sort of thing (whatever it was) doesn't happen more often.

 

I wonder if some sort of work-from-home snafu might be involved, too. 

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10 hours ago, Arcadia said:

I wonder if some sort of work-from-home snafu might be involved

Good heavens, I hope not!  It's one matter to let employees take no-big-deal stuff home to work on, or to let a professional-level employee take a few significant documents home.  But tax returns are presumably handled by data-entry clerks, each of whom would presumably key in dozens of them (say a boxful) per day.  Doesn't seem particularly prudent to let that quantity of sensitive material leave the office.

 

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On 2/5/2022 at 4:56 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

Good heavens, I hope not!  It's one matter to let employees take no-big-deal stuff home to work on, or to let a professional-level employee take a few significant documents home.  But tax returns are presumably handled by data-entry clerks, each of whom would presumably key in dozens of them (say a boxful) per day.  Doesn't seem particularly prudent to let that quantity of sensitive material leave the office.

 

So, any resolution? Inquiring minds etc. :-) 

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5 hours ago, Arcadia said:

So, any resolution?

After only a month?  You do realize that we're talking about the federal government?

 

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I hate tax and all the administrative hassles that come with it.

But then again, I have more pressing matter. 

I love ice, and drink everything with ice. Apparently, it is a very dangerous substance, look at the common denominator in chart below. I am going to die!

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On 2/28/2022 at 4:46 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

I hate tax and all the administrative hassles that come with it.

Me too, but I love all the things that come with it. Free roads. Free libraries. Free parks. Free education. 

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On 3/6/2022 at 8:44 PM, Arcadia said:

Me too, but I love all the things that come with it. Free roads. Free libraries. Free parks. Free education. 

Uhmm... I heard your healthcare sucks :whistle:

 

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On 3/14/2022 at 6:47 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

Uhmm... I heard your healthcare sucks :whistle:

 

Actually, the health care's pretty good, it's the price off it that sucks. :D  We need more taxes ....  xKB9zND.gif?2

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On 1/26/2022 at 5:16 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

We got a notice from the IRS (the federal tax people) today, informing us that 1) they have not yet received our tax return that was due this past April, and 2) we have a credit with them.

Thing is, the amount of the credit is precisely the amount of the check that we mailed to them in April, in the same envelope with our return.

 

On 2/27/2022 at 8:26 AM, Arcadia said:

So, any resolution?


No explanation of what happened to our original return, but we've had a response, at least.  Using (presumably) the photocopy we sent them, they redid our calculations on the return and decided that we had overpaid, so they sent us a refund.  And because they'd had our extra money for quite a while, they even paid us interest on it.

Of course that $4.02 interest is taxable income, which (they point out) must be reported on our 2022 return.   :P

 

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When people hereabouts (and quite possibly elsewhere as well) no longer want a still-usable object, they'll put it out at the curb on trash day, but instead of putting it in the trash can, they set it next to or in front of the can -- effectively saying, "If you want this, please take it before the garbage truck gets here."  So if I see something I can use, or that someone I know can use, I'll take it.

Today there was a kitchen-type chair sitting by the curb with a pumpkin-shaped bowl sitting on it.  I wouldn't mind having a spare chair, and the bowl looked kinda cute, so I walked over and went to pick up the bowl for a closer look.  But I couldn't lift it.

Apparently the bowl had broken, so someone decided to glue it back together, using the chair for a work table.  And ended up super-gluing the bowl to the chair.  :huh:

I left them there.

 

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On 4/16/2022 at 6:43 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

 


No explanation of what happened to our original return, but we've had a response, at least.  Using (presumably) the photocopy we sent them, they redid our calculations on the return and decided that we had overpaid, so they sent us a refund.  And because they'd had our extra money for quite a while, they even paid us interest on it.

Of course that $4.02 interest is taxable income, which (they point out) must be reported on our 2022 return.   :P

 

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I saw a truck go by today, a smallish one with an enclosed cargo area, such as plumbers and other repair people tend to drive.  The name of the company was painted on the side:

Alien's

Took me a moment to realize it was actually Allen's, but the gasoline-fill cap was near the top of the second L.  I kinda like it better the first way.

 

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