Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Not Ready for Taxes

In a typical display of government arrogance, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that there may be a delay of up to a month in the processing of tax returns. They explain that the last minute changes to the tax code passed by the most recent Congress have caused them to have to play catch up in the preparation of tax return information. As is typical of the government they are going to experience a delay without penalty, but if your taxes are late, then you will be penalized for your failure to file a return in a timely manner.

The government expects you to work overtime, pay extra staff, hire outside consultants, take time away from your regular duties to get your taxes done on time. The excuse that the tax code for 2010 was not finalized until days before the end of the year is no excuse. Unless you are part of the government, then it is a perfectly good excuse. Government cant be held to the same standard as the rest of us serfs. They cant be expected to work overtime, hire extra help, reorganize and re-prioritize to get the job done in a timely manner. Those in charge of the tax system should have planned for this and been ready no matter which way the tax bills went in Congress. The IRS expects that from private companies and individuals.

They other thing this does it is allows the government to keep our money longer. They know that most people get tax refunds. By delaying our returns they know that they delay the refund checks. Thats a huge boon to the government coffers to keep billions of dollars a few weeks or even months longer. They know that people will be less likely to file their returns early if they are not going to get their refunds early. Its all just another way to take our money and treat us badly in the process; thats the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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