So I open my mail yesterday, expecting that big, fat $50 income tax refund check for the year 2001. I only filed my taxes on Feb 15, so it should be coming any day now, right? Yesterday, I get a letter from the IRS saying:
Now, being an independent contractor, I’m not enough of a schmuck to try to do my own taxes. I have mine done every year. This really cheeses me off. Maybe I’d feel differently if the letter said “We recognized an error on your return. As a result, you owe $49.00.” I think I’d be okay with that. But they didn’t say that. They said, “we changed your 2001 return.” As if it’s an arbitrary measure. Oh, and I get this yesterday, telling me to pay it by 4/29. Not that that’ll be a problem. It’s the principle more than anything.