Long time readers know I’ve had some, ahem, disagreements with the Internal Revenue Service. I settled their last issue with me by sending them a form I accidentally didn’t mail in 2004 and a check for a couple hundred bucks.
But here’s the rub, apparently I overpayed or they didn’t figure the interest correctly. So now the IRS owes me money. Ninety cents. Did they just send me a check? No.
If they owe you less than a buck, they send a notice that if you want your money, you need to send them a request for your money. So let’s all do the math, I have to send a letter (paper-$.02, envelope-$.05, postage-$.39) to get my check for $.90, which I’ll have to drive to the bank to deposit (gas-$1.00).
Everything logical in me says not to do it. But the Libertarian smart-ass in me thinks that if I owed the IRS $.90, I’d damn sure have to pay it. How vindictive do you think they are? Should I kick this sleeping bear? I’ve always been as honest as possible with my taxes and generally decline to try and find extra loopholes. Is it time to make a stand or give the gub-mint a little slack?
Just doing my part to help balance the federal budget.