Okay, I admit it – I am not so great about filing my taxes on time. I should add to that statement that I have not owed money on my taxes for years, so I am not harming the US government with my lackadaisical attitude.
That said, I have to laugh. Two times I have had the US government chase me because I was late (okay, really late) in filing my taxes. They obviously did not look closely at my tax record before chasing me (ie: a record that shows I never owe them money). Twice they have chased me, and twice they have owed me money – once over $1,000 and once over $3,000. (Yes, I know, if I am owed money I should be far less lazy about filing my taxes.
Here is where I think the US government is not so bright. Apparently there is a 3 year window on being able to claim money that the US government owes you. Therefore, if they waited over 3 years to chase me, I may have continued to be lazy and they would have kept over $4,000. With their deficit, that is a lot of money. Perhaps they chase me because I am the exception to the rule and most do not file because they owe money, not because they are lazy. These people should be chased – but those like me, ironically, they hurt themselves when they chase us.
Interesting thought, isn’t it? (Yes, yes, I am working on filing on time!)
Today, 184 days ’til 40, I cannot always understand why people do things the way they do. I am sure this will never change.