Since last December the IRS has been tormenting me about my federal income taxes for 2011 over my claiming the mortgage interest deduction for the house in Colorado. I spent a morning at H&R Block here in Florida, and more than five hours at the IRS office near Pompano Beach. I then had to gather necessary papers as documentation to prove that my taxes for 2011 had been in order without my having cheated the government out of anything. I sent all my materials as certified mail in early January and received word much later that the packet had been received on March 12. It was a nightmare! Then last week I received another letter that said my case would be decided within the next sixty days. More time for me to experience anxiety, I suppose.
Yesterday I received an official letter at last from the IRS stating that the case was closed, because I had sent them all the required proof that my taxes were indeed in order and that I owed the government $0.00. I may have to frame their letter, because it represents to me a triumph over a vast and impersonal foe. To me it’s been from the beginning a David and Goliath story of good against evil. Honestly, I slept better last night than many nights since December when I first received the IRS accusation. I was also told that IRS computers are sometimes responsible for false red flags that go up over people’s taxes. I was warned in December that I should pay right away to avoid the monthly interest charges on what the IRS claimed I would owe from 2011. I knew I was right and paid nothing. Had I paid that money (around $1200 plus interest), I would now be waiting six weeks for a refund.
I feel the need to celebrate my triumph over this reviled institution only because it seems they are always going after the little guys like me, while corporations and billionaires get away with vast and corrupted deceptions that would make most of us gag in horror. Well, at least none of my friends will have to bake cakes with files in them or visit me in prison, smuggling in real coffee for me. I’m a good, tax-paying citizen, who now feels free again.