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death and taxes

Just found a letter from the IRS today: We got audited on our 2005 taxes. Audits: They're not just for rich folks anymore. Seems that the return we filed back then had some errors; thank goodness nowhere near as bad as they suggest, so instead of owing many thousands, we'll owe a few hundred, I'm guessing.

Ass-hat IRS auditors... why don't they go after the richy-rich, instead?

Chris

EDIT: I discovered that feeling like you owe a large percentage of your take-home income encourages one to eat most of a large Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar. *burp* That and the caffeine will help me teach soon. Wheeee!

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mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Laugh now, sure; we'll see how you feel when they do it to you, Ms. Sprint Golden Handcuffs....

*g*
nottygypsy
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
yeah they sent a brat on a bicycle after me for their 175$ I'm not going to break the government here people.
mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
This was a much more epic screw-up: They think I made, let's see, about $20,000 more than I really did that year. Holy crap, lions! But it's more like $1400 more than we reported. I guess they want to grab your attention so that the lesser amount seems like a bargain.

Ass hats.
weaselmom
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Okay, that cracked me up. Did he keep yelling, "I want my one hundred and seventy five dollars!!!!"?
mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Didn't I see that in a movie somewhere, only it was a dollar-seventy-five?
theoneinblue
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Are you thinking of that Mel Gibson flick, "Payback"? Only it was more than a $1.75...
smirkingone
Mar. 26th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I remember it as the newspaper boy on the bicycle in Better Off Dead. He was trying to get his two dollars.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I don't think I ever saw that, though lots of people loved it, I hear.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
I loved that movie!
astein142
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
...why don't they go after the richy-rich, instead?

Because the richy-rich have expensive lawyers and make high-dollar campaign donations? Just sayin'...
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose there's a cost-benefit thing going on there....
weaselmom
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
They do go after the richy-rich. Upstairs gets audited every single year. But I am sorry that it's happening to you guys as well. Lord, what a hassle.
mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay, as long as I wasn't being singled out or anything while they were getting away with millions tax-free. Still, crap.
shellyinseattle
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Audits overall are up, and the IRS finally changed their policy to go after bigger bucks more often.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
I wonder why they don't just do it for us, then... I mean, think of all the trouble that would save everyone! And no more tax-dodgers.
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arian1
Mar. 26th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
They gotta fund the war effort man.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
True; in that case, they should audit the war supporters.
gryphonrose
Mar. 27th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Interesting--I received one today as well. Clearly it's their new fundraising strategy: "Quick, audit all the writers! They can't do math!"
geekmom
Mar. 27th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm betting self employment earnings is probably one of those things that is more likely to trigger an audit. Last year Harold's uncle started doing ours, so I really, really hope they don't decide we filed ours all wrong.

*hides from mailbox*
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Ha - I can see that. Plus, as Geekmom says, self-employment means weird taxes and likelihood of errors. *sigh*
gryphonrose
Mar. 27th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Very true. The SE stuff is a royal pain. That's not what they're after me about, though. They say I had a large dividend that I didn't report. They might be right, too--it was almost two years ago, after all--but if so it's because the brokerage never sent me the forms to file with my return. I plan to check tomorrow.
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weaselmom
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Yep, they do. See my comment above: Our founder (one of the richest of the rich) gets audited every year. We have a whole team in the tax department dedicated to prepping for the audit, going through the audit, recovering from the audit, you name it. All audit, all the time.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Good lord. Again I ask: Why doesn't the IRS just automate tax collection? I mean, businesses already report earnings, so what's with all this IRS crap and filling out tax forms every year? Sheesh.
roseconnelly
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
If you use software, some people are also able to download their w2s, so they don't even have to enter any of that.

Oh, and do you really trust the government to automate tax filing? I don't. I want to see that form before it gets sent in. Plus, deductions. They don't really know.

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weaselmom
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I think any return with any complexity at all is likely to get audited, regardless of amount of income. Self-employed or freelancer? Lots of deductions with values in gray areas? Boom. We're lucky (if you call it that) - we're not parents or homeowners, no investments or dividends or anything. The IRS form we use might as well say: (1) How much money did you make last year? (2) Do you have any money left over? (3) Send it in.
mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Niiiice.
roseconnelly
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I discovered that feeling like you owe a large percentage of your take-home income encourages one to eat most of a large Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar.

I feel that way everytime I look at my paycheck stub. Hell, after paying taxes and benefits, I only get to bring home 45% of my pay. And then we still end up paying some taxes during filing time.


mckitterick
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Geez, what good is having all those little squalling red-heads if they don't save you some tax money? Sheesh.

*g*
roseconnelly
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Ada should be worth two exemptions, at least.
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kylielee1000
Mar. 27th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
WELCOME TO MY FRACKIN' WORLD.

The IRS thinks I owe them $25,000 from 2005. My CPA is all over it. But man, I'm freakin' out.
silverfae
Mar. 27th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes.
If it's any consolation, (and I know it's not, now that I just said that) the professor I used to work for got audited eight years in a row. He finally made some sort of harassment complaint about it and they stopped. But I'm sure it had a lot to do with his home business.

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