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Does Anyone Ever Read….

January 17, 2011

The information provided on the back of tax forms? 

I particularly like the following statements…

“The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on indiviudal circumstances.”  Yes, totally depends on whether or not I’ve finished my fifth martini.

“Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential as required by section 6103. However, section 6103 allows or requires the IRS to disclose or give the information shown on your tax return to others as described in the Code. For example, we may disclose your tax information to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and US commonwealths and possessions to administer their tax laws. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce federal non-tax criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.”    Umm, you forgot my dentist, my trash collector, my neighbor and my ex-spouse.

You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number.”   OMB – Office of Merciless Bludgeoning

“Time required learn about the law or the form…. 1 hr, 23 min.”    A gross overstatement! It took me 30 seconds.

and my favorites….

“If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions…. ”  Oh yeah, do I have suggestions!

“…. we would be happy to hear from you.”   No. Trust me. You would NOT be happy to hear from me.


How I Feel After Filling Out Tax Forms


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