I got a postcard in the mail. Details here:
Individual and business taxpayers will no longer receive paper income
tax packages in the mail from the IRS. These tax packages contained
the forms, schedules and instructions for filing a paper income tax return.
The IRS is taking this step because of the continued growth in electronic
filing and the availability of free options to taxpayers, as well as to help
In early October, the IRS sent a postcard to individuals who filed paper
returns last year and did not use a tax preparer or tax software. The
information explains how to get the tax forms and instructions they need
for filing their tax year 2010 return. The forms and instructions will be
available in early January 2011.
I have ordered a bunch of forms that I need from the IRS web site.
Due to only 10 items at a time, I had to place multiple orders. Only
2 out of 5 orders have been received, the other 3 I got a postcard
saying they were being updated due to the last-minute congressional
changes to the tax laws. So, I can't do anything until I get all the
forms because of the interections between them.
A lot of people have no use for blank forms. So they won't be using
their own paper or ink.
They fill out the forms on the computer and print them only after
that, a copy the IRS can't provide.
I've tried to get the IRS to send me the forms already filled out but
they claim they don't know my deductions, etc.
Last year it would let you type into the fields but nothing was
totaled of moved into other fields. You can transcribe from the work
sheets and use a calculator to make a pretty printed form but it is
far from computer assisted.
You can call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 and request your forms be mailed to
If you use Schedule A, the mailing will be delayed due to last minute tax
Due to spam, I'm filtering all Google Groups posters.
On Jan 27, 7:18 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (---MIKE---) wrote:
According to the IRS website, one can e-file free if their AGI is less
that $58k. But companies that provide the free e-filing require you
upload your data to them online. Now uploading personal data,
including SS numbers, to online businesses gives me a lot of
heartburn. I've been hacked before, so how do I know that "Peggy" is
not at the receiving end of my uploads?? I will continue to do my
filing manually and send them via USPS. Besides, e-filing just makes
IRS workers jobs easier so why not make them work for what they get
Peggy? Do you mean the big burly woman who handles credit card
complaints but just lets the phone ring or puts everyeone on hold?
She seems to lazy to do that, but her husband Chip handles about half
the work and he seems just the type.
What I meant was, "???, What a silly thing to do, to try to waste the
IRS's time." Making someone's job harder doesn't make them work
harder. It just takes them longer to do it, which means if they work
for the govt. taxpayers have to hire more people or wait longer for
the work to get done.
You waste a little of everyone's money if you go out of your way to
make it harder for the IRS.
I guess the really sad part is why we still allow all of this.
Replace it all (including weasel "nuisance" taxes on phone service and
the like) with a consumption based flat tax with exemptions for basic
necessities just like sales taxes are applied.
No tedious forms or reporting required. And the more you spend the more
you pay. What could be fairer?
The people writing the tax code don't want fairness. Most of the electorate
don't know what fairness is, they just want the burden shifted to others.
If the government (no matter what form, local, state, federal) want to
increase a tax on the citizens, they scream and yell. Then that government
says "we'll tax businesses", we all give a sigh of relief since those big
businesses will pay the tax, not us. Then we wonder why prices go up. I
think the deficit should be made up by taxing haircuts. Put a $10 tax on
every barber visit. Not having been to a barber in the past 5 years, it is
a fair tax to me.
As you said lots of folks like to think "others" are paying. I always
have to laugh when everyone goes gaga about about how much their
congressman *brought in* to their district. "I am running for reelection
and I want you to remember *I* brought $500 million into the district
last year.." neglecting to note that we paid $1 billion (or more) in.
Tony Soprano would love to be doing as well.
A favorite pet peeve of mine- they act like money from DC is Mana from
heaven. One of many sins committed by Richard Nixon- the modern era of
'revenue sharing' (really, deficit sharing) started on his watch, and he
got the states and large cities hooked on it like crack. Taxes that pay
for local services should be collected and spent locally, not via
Washington DC, with their 20% off the top.
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