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(NYPost)   Dear IRS, please send my refund of $2 billion to Lithuania. Sincerely, Bill Gates   (nypost.com) divider line 20
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2013-11-07 09:25:31 PM
4 votes:
Sending a refund overseas should raise a flag in the first place.
2013-11-07 09:28:10 PM
3 votes:
This is just the proof we need that shows the IRS is ineffective and should be disbanded immediately.
2013-11-07 09:20:10 PM
3 votes:
Why are 340 income tax refunds going to one single address in Bulgaria? Shouldn't the computer kick out obvious edge cases for human oversight, at the very least?
2013-11-08 01:03:33 AM
2 votes:
just more proof that the feds are incapable of efficient management to the extent that even some of the simplest safeguards against fraud are absent.another reason ACA is probably not a good idea. it just puts them in charge of more money, and grows an already bloated and wasteful bureaucracy..
2013-11-07 09:35:40 PM
2 votes:
MrHappyRotter:

This is just the proof we need that shows the IRS is ineffective and should be disbanded immediately.

Oh, I would say the IRS is very effective... at collections.
2013-11-07 09:34:49 PM
2 votes:
The refunds should be delivered with a complimentary drone strike next year.
2013-11-07 09:22:05 PM
2 votes:

Sim Tree: Why are 340 income tax refunds going to one single address in Bulgaria? Shouldn't the computer kick out obvious edge cases for human oversight, at the very least?


Have you not paid attention to the abilities of computer systems that government contractors put together?
2013-11-08 08:53:35 AM
1 votes:
But I am totally sure these waterheads can run healthcare.  Aren't you?  No?  You're racist.
2013-11-08 01:51:47 AM
1 votes:
The sad thing is that the IRS (often) tries to do a good job; and people who don't think taxes are spent well try to blame the IRS rather than blaming the actual politicians who waste the money and then over-complicate the tax system.

The IRS does need to overhaul its incredible litany of forms. If you make a few hundred dollars profit from sale of a stock and don't have the money in a long-term investment account (suppose you plan to take the money out of the account and use it to make extra student loan payments), just figuring out which forms to fill out can take hours. And the way they tell you to do the math on tax forms is amazingly roundabout and long-winded.

I used to do tax work for a living.

I have had far worse arguments with state and local tax bodies.  Some of my close relatives were forced to pay $1,500 extra in "back-owed" property tax that IS NOT OWED.  The county said they built an extension onto the house that increased its value - the house has never had an extension, it's the same as it was built 30 years ago.  It seems that they updated the computer system to say what features houses had, and they added a previously unmentioned porch.  As the porch was built (and bought) with the house, it is part of the original purchase value and has always been taxed correctly. The relatives sent a petition (which had to be filed between the months of January and April, no earlier and no later), but apparently the county never received it.
Taxes due: $1,500 immediately.
I helped them dispute the value change, and that "addition" has been removed from the home's value for future taxes.  The county will give no refunds, they literally told me "we don't have the money to refund to you, we've already spent it. Goodbye." So, even the county has determined that the extension does not exist and the taxes were not owed, but they will not refund.   There is not really any ability to take the county to court, they have the rules set so that if they don't receive (or if they simply lost) the petition, there is no method for further dispute.  If it was a $100,000 bill then there might be some legal options that could be explored, but for $1,500 the legal costs would far outweigh anything else.
2013-11-07 11:41:09 PM
1 votes:
No no, food stamp fraud is more important!

If one poor person eats a hot dog they didn't deserve, that's the end of the American dream!
2013-11-07 11:34:14 PM
1 votes:

evaned: Smeggy Smurf: The Fair Tax is the only tax system that can't be used as a weapon or cheated

I hate the fair tax for the pretentiousness of it's name alone. Fairness is something that needs to be argued, not asserted, and different people can and do have significantly different opinions on what makes a tax system "fair".


So you hate it based on emotion.  What is it that you hate?  The fact that it treats everybody equally, just like shiat?  Or that it doesn't punish success while enabling the failures?
2013-11-07 11:11:26 PM
1 votes:

Smeggy Smurf: The Fair Tax is the only tax system that can't be used as a weapon or cheated


I hate the fair tax for the pretentiousness of it's name alone. Fairness is something that needs to be argued, not asserted, and different people can and do have significantly different opinions on what makes a tax system "fair".
2013-11-07 11:05:41 PM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: The refunds should be delivered with a complimentary drone strike next year.


Huge laughs! Cheers.
2013-11-07 11:01:58 PM
1 votes:
*raises hand to ask question*

Is it possible no one ever wrote a use case to flag addresses used more than say 5-10 times in a year?  It's not a bug if nobody ever asked for the check to be designed.

(Though it seems like a pretty damn obvious one to miss)
2013-11-07 10:21:58 PM
1 votes:
Easy way to cut back at least a bit on the fraud stop sending refunds to addresses outside the US.

yeah it will just get  relayed to the crooks anyway but at least we can inconvenience them.
2013-11-07 10:19:46 PM
1 votes:

DoBeDoBeDo: Sim Tree: Why are 340 income tax refunds going to one single address in Bulgaria? Shouldn't the computer kick out obvious edge cases for human oversight, at the very least?

Have you not paid attention to the abilities of computer systems that government contractors put together?


It's a feature not a bug.
2013-11-07 09:43:33 PM
1 votes:
And they scrutinized the everloving shiat out of our adoption credit, with multiple rounds of requesting more documentation, for 4 long months. Thanks, dickheads!
2013-11-07 09:37:23 PM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Sending a refund overseas should raise a flag in the first place.


But since the U.S. tax system makes Americans who live overseas pay taxes on money made outside of the U.S., well its a farked up system.

/No farking way is someone going to fly to the U.S. to get their rebate.
//Just send it to a P.O. box and problem solved.
///3,000 tax rebates to one U.S. address? Its an outrage!!!
2013-11-07 09:34:45 PM
1 votes:
Ooooooo, so scary. How about those corporations who get big tax refunds from basically paying no tax, via cooking their books and making it look like their U.S. operation made no money.

/Big Oil and dirty Kochs gets free taxpayer money too.
//Better not mention that.
///How do I delete what I wrote?
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2013-11-07 09:16:10 PM
1 votes:
This kind of thing will happen when you rely too heavily on Skynet to handle your paperwork instead of fallible human eyes.
 
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