Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow Won't Stop the IRS

In case you were worried:
The IRS says its ability to process tax returns and pay refunds in a timely manner will not be hampered by back-to-back snowstorms that crippled Washington and much of the U.S. Northeast this week.

Federal agencies including the IRS were in their third day of weather-related closure as blizzard conditions swept through Washington Wednesday. That came at an inconvenient time for the tax agency, with the 2010 filing season coming into full swing. But with all individual return processing now performed outside of the northeast at centers in places like Fresno, Calif., Atlanta, and Kansas City, taxpayers need not fear that refund checks or answers to questions through IRS toll-free services will be delayed, said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge.

Yes, the relentless machinery of the IRS grinds on. To paraphrase some dialogue from a certain movie 25 years ago:
Listen, and understand. Th(e) (IRS) is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are (taxed).

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