As you all know (What? You don’t? Well, you should.) I just love Margaret and Helen. Their “Tell it like it is, with humor.” blog got me through the election. And, when my life here at home gets a bit tough, like getting a $1,200 power bill or, like yesterday, when I opened the one piece of mail, late at night (Tell, me why I even bother?) and that mail was from the Indiana Department of Revenue.
When I opened my studio I got a tax idea and somehow, thought I needed to have a Taxpayer TID number for paying employees. I do not have employees. The studio is so piled up with junk right now that an employee couldn’t get through IF I had one, which I don’t.
So, this year when I sent in my multitude of forms, which I never quite have understood, I decided that enough was enough. I had already closed the studio to public view, taken down my sign, pulled my rack cards from town and alerted my Township Tax accessor that I was not working right now so I was “sort-of” closing the studio.
Okay, I can see where the “sort-of” confused them. But, I unequivocally put in there that I had no employees, I had no State and County taxes withheld on my non-existent employees and I really want them to stop sending me the forms which confuse the %$@$ out of me. Husband said they are drawn up by lawyers who are wanting to get the work when you cannot understand the forms.
So, last night, I get this envelope informing me that I now owe $5,410.00 plus $541.00 in Penalty and $90.27 in interest for the taxes on employees I do not have.
You know, this mail thing started with a $500 DirecTv bill and has gone up steadily ever since and I really need to learn not to open mail except during business hours because I do not get enough sleep already and having it run through my head all night, what kind of fight I am going to have in the morning, is not helping.
The man on the phone this morning was very nice. I told him I want to keep my Sales Tax ID and my checking account because I have dreams of working again and he said to fill out this form BC-100, have it notarized and send it in.
“Okay, then what do I do about this $6,041.27 bill?”
“Oh, just write a letter of protest and tell them you do not have employees.”
“But, where did they get that figure from? Why charge me?”
“That was just because you did not send the right form in.”
That sound you hear is me banging my head against my desk.
There again, I see little bored people, in cubicles, saying, “Hey, Mildred, wanna have some fun?”