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I believe taxes and the consternation over bureaucratic babble is global .. perhaps even universal.
Each year I do my own taxes and this year was grueling because I stupidly donated to a political party which meant my simple form wasn't appropriate and I spent hours trying to find the right form for the 75% deduction ... I got so frazzled that I forgot to subtract my personal federal deductions which meant I thought I owed $3600 when I really owed $1900. I also discovered I ran out of cheques and then was informed that my bank no longer offered generic blank cheques and hadn't for ten years due to a computer numbering system which prohibits this customer service. Oddly enough the same week I received a raft of blank cheques with an attractive interest rate from American Express.
Anyhow, the 'easy' task took me all freaking morning and I got it wrong! Because I was exhausted mentally I double checked my figures the next day AFTER I'd mailed my tax return in but hadn't sent any money so I suppose it could have been worse. I also found out that one of the tellers at my bank doesn't know the difference between deposit and withdrawal when she filled out my return with my account information assuring me that was a remedy.
so .. ripped paper entrails were where my head was at.... glad you liked it.
This made me think of all the federal and state return checks I've never cashed. One check, tax year 2010, is actually for one US dollar! I think it costs more to print and mail the darn thing! Gonna frame them all one day.
In Canada the form states that it neither expects or returns amounts of $2.00 or less so a one dollar amount doesn't happen. While I'm quite capable of wrangling with what I'm required to do other countries scare the willies out of me. I did have some exposure to the British tax system and wouldn't want to tackle it. Because, from what I've heard the USA tax system costs more to have done by the likes of H&R Block than up here I feel fortunate I'm not living there. I suppose it's all about the devil you know.