Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Immortal Libertarians

The only certainties in life are death and taxes. Join the Immortal Libertarians Party!
--Unknown

GPop received a letter from our state's tax department yesterday (Motto: "Just like the IRS, only less efficient and less friendly!"). The letter said that GPop had not filed his 2007 income taxes in early 2008. It told him to respond within 30 days with one of these options.

  1. You filed your taxes with a different SSN. Tell us this and we'll look into it. We promise we won't send the state troopers to your house to arrest you for fraud. Really.

  2. You filed your taxes. Everything's cool. We must have lost the paperwork. We're totally ready to accept this option and admit we made a mistake, as long as you send us copies of every bit of paperwork and provide us with a time machine so we can go back and watch you file back in February or whatever, you big pants-on-fire liar.

  3. You didn't file your taxes, so you owe us a big pile of money in late fees and interest to help us meet our balanced budget requirements for 2009, since our governor and legislature can't work together to balance the budget, given that they appear to have some kind of partisan blood feud going on.
GPop had done the worksheet part of his taxes in H&R Block's TaxCut program. Then he used our state's free online filing web site to file. We received a refund about three weeks later, and we thought no more about it.

When we were investigating last night, though, it turns out that we were shorted $41 on GPop's refund back in March. I don't think either one of us paid any attention to the discrepancy, since both of our refunds appeared on the same day. Also, we can't find any confirmation PDF of GPop's state filing on that web site. When we went to the site to login, it didn't recognize the combination of GPop's SSN, DOB, and mother's maiden name. Curiouser and curiouser.

We'll see what the department says when GPop calls this morning. I expect that we will receive several rolls of red tape as a holiday gift.

1 comment:

Bill said...

My state leases most of the office space in the privately owned building where I work. The Department of Taxation occupies most of the space. They have entire state-owned building several blocks down the street. I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but it occurs to me that state taxes could be much lower if there weren't so many employees on the DOT payroll.