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How Can You Audit A Person With No Money?!? – Off Topic IX

May 19, 2008

You read the title correctly.  I received a letter stating that I did not pay my city taxes in 2001 and have 30 days to pay.  Let me get this straight…I am getting audit for the year 2001 … and this is 2008, right?

Not only that, but I had to figure out the penalty from the years 2001 to 2006.  I received a very confusing worksheet and my mind instantly when blank.  Of course this letter arrived on a Friday which totally disobeyed my rule of NO BAD NEWS ON FRIDAY!!!
On Monday I called my accountant (yes, I have an accountant) and the receptionist asked me to fax over the letter and worksheets.  After receiving the sheets I was told by the accountant that I must pay a $210 deposit before he would look over my past taxes.
First of all asshole, you did my taxes since 2000!  If my company did not take out the city wage tax that is why I am paying YOU!  Oh by the way my three blog readers read the word “deposit”?  That’s is correct.  That is for him just to look at my papers.  What would have been the final cost $200 more or $2,000?
The letter from the city had a phone number and an office if there’s any confusion with the worksheet.  So I when down before work.  I expected a setup sort of like the DMV: Big room, dim lights, sad people, stinky homeless folks hanging around, the Next Customer Sign reading 008, and me holding a ticket that reads 567.
Not at all.
I went past security check, sat in an empty lobby, and an auditor met with me in less than five minutes.  She looked at my W-2s and said I was all clear.  She gave me approval and mentioned my accountant had a responsibility to check his work.
That could have been bad.  I really need a part-time job.  I really love my job, but the money is ridiculous.  I knew that when I changed careers.  It’s better than a job I hate and making decent money.  It’s good that I have that little ole bachelor’s degree to dust off.

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  • Reply Italian Stallion May 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    There are a few things I’d like to comment on.

    First of all, is this going to be your primary blog? I wasn’t 100% sure.

    Second, nice update. Always a good read, and it’s nice to see that consistency. Keep up the good work.

    Third, what kind of part-time job are you looking into? Can you call up any old schoolmates and see if they can get you some writing gigs? (you know who I’m talking about).

    Fourth, hey, nice to hear the tax incident wasn’t a major fiasco. I hope you don’t have H&R Block. We can recommend someone good in Abington, if you want.

    — I.S.

  • Reply Kitchen_Kitten May 21, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    1. Yes. This will be my primary blog.

    2. Thank you.

    3. What kind of job am I looking for? Since I’m too old and fat to spin around on a pole I am thinking of freelance writer.

    4. You and me both. I hate H&R Block. Email your person in Abington.

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