March 11, 2008
With April 15 quickly approaching, taxpayers who have not yet filed are understandably feeling anxious about the prospect of spending hours hunched over the kitchen table with a calculator, a stack of tax forms and a bottle of aspirin.
While we can’t actually help people file their taxes, we help taxpayers by providing numerous studies, booklets, reports and charts, as well as explaining complicated tax concepts in plain English. If all that is still not enough to make tax season tolerable, taxpayers may need to put aside the mountains of forms for a moment to take a laughter break. For the next five weeks we’ll be posting regular tax humor blog posts with amusing tax anecdotes, cartoons and jokes.
The following “letter” to the IRS has been printed on numerous websites. This version comes from a website with a page of tax jokes.
April 23, 2001
Internal Revenue Service
State Processing Center
Holtsville, NY 01150-0115
Enclosed is my 2001 tax return and payment. Please take note of the attached article from the February 8, 2001 USA Today newspaper which serves as my Year 2000 Tax guide.
In the article, you will see that the Pentagon pays $171.50 for hammers and NASA has paid $600.00 for a toilet seat.
Please find enclosed four toilet seats (value $2400) and six hammers (value $1029). This brings my total payment to $3429.00. Please note the overpayment of $22.00 and apply it to the “Presidential Election Fund,” as noted on my return. Might I suggest you the send the above mentioned fund a 1.5 inch screw.
(See attached article…HUD paid $22.00 each 1.5 inch Phillips head screw.)
It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.