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Monday, April 17, 2006

Get Your Refund – Only $14.95

Remember when the IRS first introduced e-file, a means for electronically filing your income tax returns? E-file offered convenience, accuracy, and speed. More importantly, it was far easier for the IRS to process electronically filed returns than those sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

So why do they charge $14.95 to make THEIR job easier??

I know, e-filing offers “convenience” for you can get your refund quicker if you e-file than if you send a paper copy through the mail. Why is it quicker? Because it is easier for the IRS to process e-filed returns. Because e-filing makes their job easier!

So, let's get this straight. For those of us dumb enough to over pay our taxes through high withholding, we can get our refund – OUR MONEY – back quicker for $14.95. First, we let the government collect interest on OUR REFUND, then we pay the government $14.95 to give our money back. Talk about adding insult to injury!


Blogger Right Hook said...

Not only do the good folks at the IRS ding you when you e-file for your refund, they also administer the ol' shafteroony when those who have to pay an additional amount on top of what was confiscated via withholding choose to do so with a credit card -- if you choose to pay by credit card you will pay an additional 2.5%. This is because the IRS has themselves a nifty little exception to the law that forbids merchants who accept credit card payments from directly charging the buyer the 2.5% of the total charge the card issuer gets. The merchant must either eat this charge or risk driving away cash paying customers by building the cost into the price of the goods or services. The IRS just openly charges the already battered taxpayer up front, even though credit card payments make their job easier and more efficient.

Time for either the Fair Tax or the Flat Tax!

4/20/2006 2:00 PM  

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