OK, now they have gone too far, or should I say, they haven’t gone far enough? What am I upset about? Well I’ll tell you. The IRS didn’t send me my big book of forms and instructions; that is what I am upset about.
OK, “Self”, I said, “You can do this”. Right? Wrong. I am so used to taking that big book of forms and instructions and sitting at a table with all my last year’s information, like receipts, business mileage, expenses, and of course records of all income. Everything was at my fingertips. If I had a question, I could hold the page I was working on with one hand and leaf through the information part with the other. Wasn’t a big deal, and if I needed a form that wasn’t included, I could get it at the Post Office or “on line”.
I did give it a quick try and it took for ever to find one of the forms and information sheet I was looking for. (I down-loaded it to my computer) The IRS.gov site is like all government; too much crap to sort through. It would cost a fortune in printer ink and paper to print everything out, if I could even find everything.
Why don’t they give you a place on line that has the book and all forms in a down-loadable zip file? And, of course, an easy way to find any additional forms and information that may be needed. Don’t they say that they will figure your tax for you? Maybe I will just dump all my receipts, income information, 1099 forms, and a wad of money into a box and mail it to them. Let them figure it all out.
OK, I got to say that the IRS isn’t all bad. Last year I got a letter from them. I opened it and said “Oh No!” as I read the first sentence that said that I had made a mistake in my taxes. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read further and they said that I had paid a couple of grand too much and would be getting a much larger refund than I expected. They had corrected my return for me by using a form I didn’t know about.
Now, don’t you just love the IRS?