Monday, November 06, 2006

Thoughts on Voting and the Taxman

Tomorrow is Election Day. I am going to vote early in the morning so I can get it done and over with. I am so happy this campaign season is going to be over! The campaigns are not about the issues anymore, they are about how horrible the other guy or gal is, and all the stuff they did in the past that makes them a horrible choice for the office they are running for. I wonder who decides that dirty campaigning is a good idea and when to start running these ads that make me sick? How are you supposed to make an informed choice with all of the gossip and the mudslinging and the backstabbing? What are we, in fourth grade?? I do want the campaign managers out there to know that part of my decision on who to vote for has to do with who ran the most negative campaign as well as the issues they stand for and the party they represent. I can't say that I will vote down the party lines because I feel you should know who your candidates are and what they stand for, not just how they appear on TV. I hope everyone goes out and votes and if you don't vote, then you have no right to complain!!

Another issue that came up this week for me has to do with the Taxman. I was hit this week with a bill for about $800.00 for an overpayment by the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue for my 2003 Renter's Credit. Yes, you read that right, 2003!! I called them and asked the obvious question, if you overpaid me then, why on Earth are you asking for it back now three years later!! I got the stock answer which was an audit was done in June 2006, and there was an error and now I have to pay this back. Thanks a bunch, guys!! Like I can just materialize that out of thin air! I said I wanted to see a copy of the audit and the man on the other end of the phone sounded like that was going to be such a big hassle. I explained to him that before I send them a dime I want to know what the error was, to which he promptly informed/threatened me that I had to pay this before November 30th or make some payment arrangements with them or they would garnish my wages, put a lien on my property (I rent, remember? I don't own any property you numbskull!), or any number of tactics the government can apply to get blood out of a turnip.

I explained to him that I was not trying to get out of paying this bill, I just felt it was my right as a U.S. citizen and a citizen of the great state of Minnesota that I find out what the hell I owe this for before I start counting out the pennies in my piggy bank to send to him. He didn't laugh at that. I'm not surprised. In the meantime, I am working tirelessly on getting my little home based writing business off the ground so I can be free of this. Anyone need a to hire a writer??


unwriter said...

Let's hope the Government realizes that only government workers can materialize money out of nothing! Good luck in your tax fight.

Theresa Chaze, Wiccan Writer said...

Good luck. It's seems more an more "public servants" are seeing themselves more as public masters. They no longer want to help but control and make exuses for not doing their job or having independant thought. Asking for the relivant information isn't being difficult, it's doing your best to clarify a bad situation.