June 11, 2015
Your Government in action
I made a mistake when I completed the oldest boy's tax form to the state. Unfortunately, now he owes money. Mea Culpa. Anyway we got a letter detailing the error. The letter states we have 20 DAYS to respond if we disagree. The letter claims we should then allow an addition 8 to 12 WEEKS for them to consider our appeal. We get 20 days they get 84. Of course interest and penalties continue to accrue while their team of accountants investigates his I1040 E for 12 weeks. The eleven weeks it took the IRS to find the original mistake in calculation already cost him more than $34 in penalties and interest. The check is on its way. It will probably take the Post Office a fortnight to move it 30 miles.