IRS visits Sacramento carwash in pursuit of 4 cents. Seriously.

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    Surely

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    From here: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/13/2604016/irs-suits-pay-visit-to-car-wash.html

    Just wow. I mean, what were they thinking?
     
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    And how much money was expended in pursuing $0.04?
     
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    Common sense does not seem to prevail in this situation.
     
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    From the article:
    If I understand this right, the IRS agents are trying to collect a larger sum based on the interest and penalties on four cents over four years (since 2006), not actually four cents.

    Ridiculous, but they can probably get away with it.
     
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    Yes, but how can 4 years of interest and penalties be over $200 on 4 cents?

    Also, see this from the article:

    Somone at the IRS should have done a little homework before they sent two agents to harrass a taxpayer. Or maybe they could have tried a phone call first.
     
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    Yuck

    Big Government.

    "And how much money was expended in pursuing $0.04? "

    Doesn't matter! What are we going to do if the IRS is operating inefficiently? Hire the other guy? Ha.

    There is no competition in government, hence, the horror stories we hear of Govt and Govt employees wasting our money on crap like this.

    And to think that Ron Paul was practically laughed out of candidacy.... Some day soon America will be ready for his ideas (hopefully) :cool:
     
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    Of course not, its the government we're talking about.
     
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    This doesn't really have anything to do with big government.

    It's all about the incompetence of these particular IRS agents and whoever ordered them to go on their field trip.

    Why they couldn't analyze the situation and come up with a better, more cost-effective solution, is beyond me.
     
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    Well, they only have to do that another 314,616,681,372,550 times and the US National Debt would be taken care of ;)
     
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    You just proved yourself wrong.

    You say it has nothing to do with Big government, then in your next breathe you wonder why they did not analyze the situation better.

    Answer: Because it does not matter! They (IRS agents) are not going to lose their jobs. They are probably not going to be punished or disciplined. They are not losing any money personally by wasting their time/our money.
     
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    Still no.

    Dumbasses ≠ Big Government
     
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    Big government is inefficient (at least in this case). Inefficiency leads to the people employed by the government to become inefficient (by not thinking straight and finding the most reasonable way to approach this problem, they are inefficient, in this they case they are also dumb asses).
     
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    Uh what? Your logic makes no sense
     
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    Late fees/penalties for delinquency are going to be the same amount for $.04 as they are for $80 worth of debt.

    Frankly, I'm surprised the outstanding balance wasn't more after four years of IRS late fees.
     
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    This is an interesting story, considering when tax returns are prepared all the numbers, including the amount owed, are rounded to the nearest dollar...
     
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    I was thinking the same thing when I first read the story.....
     
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    Yeah, definitely the first thing I thought, lol.

    I guess it doesn't have to be from his actual return, it might be FICA for his employees.

    Either way, a letter probably would have been more in order rather than a full on IRS agent visit. If I were him, I'd probably just pay the $200 to make it all go away; not much sense fighting it when your bill will easily exceed the $200.
     
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    Too bad the IRS agents involved in making the decision to go after that guy didn't think that way in the first place. But yeah, I'd probably advise him to pay it instead of fight it as well.
     
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    "Whatever. We get paid $27 per hour no matter how much we collect." ;)

    You really think that he'd be charged around $200 in late fees if he owed $40000 instead of $0.04?
     
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    Penalties over a four cents bill. :rolleyes: Doesn't the IRS have a monetary tolerance amount for math errors like California does with math errors on the 540 series of state income tax forms?
     
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    Ahh, but if the IRS let everyone get away with .04, that would be over 12 million dollars! Think of all the waste that could go to ;)
     
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    What he's trying to say is that Big Government leads to a bunch of people trying to cover their (_!_). That's why they file requisition forms, repair order forms, damage report forms ad nauseum (in triplicates) just to have a light bulb changed out. In other words, Big Government attracts the epitome of inefficiency--bureaucrats. At least, I think that's what he's saying.:D
     
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    What's even more comical about this is that we can round to the nearest dollar on federal tax filings.
     
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    Anybody who thinks that attitude is unique to the government has never worked for a corporation of any significant size.
     
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    No, the rules allow you to round or not. You are required to pick one method and then stick with it
     

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