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Sunday, April 04, 2004
  Taxes disrupt blogging

While I have several things in mind to blog, including a commentary on tonight's 60 Minute's story of the slurry spill, I am being forced to turn over the computer to my tax advisor (wife). On the positive, we (she) are doing it before the 14th or 15th of April. In contrast to my previous history of attempts to comply w/ federal tax laws, which has always resuted in my reception of courteous notices explaining where I had made mistakes in my filing of the return (including penalties and interest) (and usually, two or more years after the filing date), these are improvements. Since I have delegated this function to her 10 years ago (she refuses to allow me any input as she thinks I'm inept and would cost our household money), we have successfully filed on time, and apparently accurately, so this too, is a positive.

In the brief time I have, I would like to ask one question that has always troubled me: If the IRS is going to go to all the work of pointing out my mistakes, why can't I just pay them a nominal fee to go ahead and just figure out what I owe w/o me having to spend hours filling out incomprehensible forms and getting the instructions wrong?

Just a thought. I'll resume blogging in the morning, and since it will be a Monday morning, expect a lot of science and environmental info. Thank you for your patience... 
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