Gut Rumbles

April 11, 2006

holy complications, batman!!!

I'm attempting to do my income taxes. All I have to say is, "Fuck me dead." There is no earthly reason why this shit needs to be as complicated as it is, except for the fact that our government is run by a bunch of complete nincompoops who never heard of the KISS theory.

I needed a couple of special forms, so I went here to find them. Holy shit!!! Just LOOK at all those forms! I didn't bother to count them, but there's a BUNCH of 'em.

Some are even written in Spanish, the better to confuse illegal immigrants who actually try to pay their taxes. That's government for you. Can't keep 'em out of the country, but CAN make it convenient to pay their taxes.

As for me, no comprendo.


Try TurboTax online. It will walk you through everything with simple qustions AND print/online file (if you so choose) everything on the correct forms.

Posted by: Surfie on April 11, 2006 11:30 AM

I agree, tax returns that would fit on a post card require page after page of garbage. I just filed my return online and it's not as simple as some want you to think. Last year a 5 minute phone call was all that was required. Too simple for the IRS wonks, they did away with the program. It will be a simple return as soon as the dim-wits retake power. form will consist of two lines.
How much did you make?_______________
Send it to us:________________________

Posted by: scrapiron on April 11, 2006 11:36 AM

Bastards, my checks for 4,700.00 are in the mail. I get my CPA to do mine. Been doing mine for over 30 years. He is also a very good friend of the family, plus I dated his pretty sister back in school days. Her name was Loy, ever heard of that one before? Cat

Posted by: Catfish on April 11, 2006 12:58 PM

I lived in two states, sold two houses, had two different jobs one with comission, one without, but with a bonus. I paid someone to do my taxes, then spent hours in their office as they read me each question on the damn tax form. Thanks, (name of large chain of tax preparers who can't do their own taxes) I appreciate it.

Good Luck, don't stab anybody with your pencil like I did.

Posted by: Terry on April 11, 2006 01:08 PM

Tell you congressmen to vote for the FAIR TAX (HR25/S 25; see and abolish the IRS ... keep your entire paycheck.

Posted by: Max Doubt on April 11, 2006 01:10 PM

Quit aggravating yourself. Get TurboTax.

Posted by: dipnut on April 11, 2006 01:44 PM

Just two words "Fair Tax"


Posted by: knothead on April 11, 2006 02:07 PM

Of course taxes are complex. Three reasons:

1) Job program for accountants and tax bureaucrats (what else would they do?);

2) Favors for rich donors -- contribute to a political campaign, get your own specialized tax break that only your highly-paid accountant will find and use;

3) If the system was simple, you might actually find the proper deductions to which you are legally entitled, which would reduce the amount of money the government can get out of you.

You're trying to get the three things politicians live on -- voters, favors and money -- away from them.

Fat chance!!!

Posted by: V-Man on April 11, 2006 02:16 PM

Knothead...did you mean FLAT TAX?

Cause that is what I was going to say! Take the taxes out with payroll, give no deductions, and fire every bastard in the IRS, every CPA, and every tax lawyer.

They can always do the jobs illegals now perform!

Posted by: Maggie on April 11, 2006 02:54 PM

There are LEGAL tax-avoidance programs, which can reduce taxes, but you have to study them and know what you are doing. There are reasons why people put their life savings in bank accounts in Panama, etc. It's all a form of asset protection.

That there are various foreign jurisdictions with different tax advantages and disadvantages is a fact. This is what is called 'tax competition'. There is no legal or moral compulsion to pay more tax than legally required in any jurisdiction. Uncle Sam just wants the biggest return he can get. You, too, can get around that kind of greed.

Posted by: Bonita on April 11, 2006 03:55 PM

Turbo Tax Rob...

I'm just say'n.

How's your garden going?

Posted by: Nancy on April 11, 2006 04:14 PM

Been married 32 years in year 2 (or maybe it was 3) I told my bride I would do tour taxes. Laid everything out on the bed and started in. Five minujtes later papers were all over the floor and the directions were thrown across the room.

The wife, a G-D US Government bureaucrat, took tover the task and did it for the next 20 years. (When we had two kids old enough to need their taxes done, and we had income in as many as five different states, we finally went to a CPA--and were happy to pay the pro to do the job.)

Posted by: joated on April 11, 2006 04:28 PM

Eliminate this annual crap!

force your congress persons to stand by and endorce the fairtax initiative!


Posted by: TC on April 12, 2006 05:42 AM

NO, I said "Fair Tax". Type the words into Google or go to
Better than Flat Tax--NO Forms.


Posted by: knothead on April 12, 2006 11:45 AM
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