I'm being held hostage by the IRS.

@TheHorse (84882)
Walnut Creek, California
May 14, 2019 12:54pm CST
Most people dread getting a letter from the IRS, and I am no different. But in this case, it appears I'm due for some sort of refund IF I can fill out two forms I've never heard of. I called the assistance number number and got put on hold for "15 to 30 minutes." That's when I started this post. Forty-five minutes later, a man picked up the phone (at least it was a real person). He sounded more grumpy than eager to be of help, but he provided some information that MIGHT get me going in the right direction. I can tell this is going to be another of those chases, where I'm put on hold multiple times, and each helpful Customer Service representative tells me to call someone else. I-800-HELL. Wish me luck. I'm off to work now and will wait until I have a few hours (and some Scotch) before I deal with this.
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@andriaperry (77979)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 May
Why not ask a CPA, that is what they do. I would. It has to be easier.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 May
My only CPA friend is kind of an idiot.
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@andriaperry (77979)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 May
@TheHorse Well you need a new CPA friend. Mine is awesome, I may ask him to be over my will.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 May
@andriaperry I have a lawyer friend who specializes in wills and trusts. She's bright. I'll ask her to help me with mine.
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@ParaTed2k (22704)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
14 May
They're from the government they're here to help lol
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 May
LOL indeed!
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• United States
14 May
"Trust me. I'm from the government." ROFLMAO
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
@TheSojourner Sigh. At least they have Big Bombs so Canada doesn't invade us.
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@TheSojourner (21749)
• United States
14 May
@thehorse. And you aren't inviting me? For the Scotch. Not the IRS.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
I'm sipping Scotch right now. Stop on by.
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• United States
16 May
@TheHorse You're such a tease. Just for that, I'm putting up pictures tonight of a dinner I think you would like. Too bad you aren't here. LOL And you don't read much of my stuff before I take it back down anyway. ROFL ;-P~~~~
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 May
@TheSojourner Sigh. Do what you must.
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@Corbin5 (142529)
• United States
14 May
Wishing you the best of luck with this adventure!!
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 May
Thank you. I will take extra psych meds.
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@Corbin5 (142529)
• United States
14 May
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
@Corbin5 Ohmmmmmmm.
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@BarBaraPrz (23021)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 May
Did the letter state how much of a refund? And are you sure this isn't some sort of scam?
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
It's not a scam. But, no, there was no discussion of a refund amount.
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@porwest (14298)
• United States
14 May
Ugh. The IRS. Or frankly dealing with ANY governmental body for that matter. I swear the folks at the DMV are sitting on chairs studded with sharp nails they are so wound up. But if the government owes you money I suppose the short term hell is worth it. Somehow this reminds me of one time when I got something in the mail from a civil action lawsuit I was apparently entitled to make a claim on. I filled out four pages of information, sent it off, and got a check in the mail for 7 cents. That's not a joke. It was a check for 7 cents. Never again, I said. I hope you will be getting more than 7 cents from the IRS.
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@Fleura (9564)
• United Kingdom
14 May
I suspect you were taken for a ride by some cowboy lawyers. They make a claim on your behalf but their fees swallow up the compensation for any claim.
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@porwest (14298)
• United States
14 May
@Fleura Yes. That is it exactly. The only people who benefit from a class action lawsuit are the lawyers who bring them.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 May
7 cents. That sounds about right.
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@FourWalls (19039)
• United States
14 May
That does seem to be an appropriate IRS phone number, 1-800-GO2-HELL.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
Ah, thanks! I was trying to think up the first three digits, but my Very Clever Brain failed me.
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@noni1959 (5461)
• United States
14 May
I retired from the IRS last year and still hated receiving anything that had their address on it. They are so understaffed, agents, officers, and exam techs are having to take turns manning the phones. Already with a huge case load, they are put further behind. Some will be grumpy. I don't blame you for being upset with the wait. I'm in awe you even got through to someone.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
I've worked for organizations that were pitifully understaffed. It's not fun.
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@noni1959 (5461)
• United States
17 May
@TheHorse More and more are given way too many cases and yet expect the workers to do a good job.
@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 May
@noni1959 Yep. There's a "tipping point" where it's impossible to provide really good service, no matter how hard those who "remain" work.
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@amadeo (93123)
• United States
14 May
Best of luck there.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
Thanks, Alfredo.
@amadeo (93123)
• United States
15 May
@TheHorse They coming after you.Be prepared.lol KIdding
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
@amadeo I think I'm safe. As long as they don't know about my speaker refinishing and the music I play.
@wolfgirl569 (15731)
• Marion, Ohio
14 May
Wishing you lots of luck
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
Gracias. We'll see how much frustration they can induce as I call this number and that.
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@Fleura (9564)
• United Kingdom
14 May
I hope the phone lines are not expensive to call, otherwise all your refund money will go before you even get it! I also hope you have a hands-free phone so you don't just have to sit there for hours in end!
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
Heh. It's not hands free, but I put it on speaker phone, listened to their "soothing" music, and set the phone on my desk until Mr. Grumpy Gills picked up.
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@xander6464 (12910)
• Wapello, Iowa
14 May
I hope the refund is big enough to make it worth it.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
Yeah, me too. I'm not a tax expert. I switched jobs in the middle of 2018 and had to be on "Cobra" (expensive) insurance for a couple of months. It may have to do with that.
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@xander6464 (12910)
• Wapello, Iowa
15 May
@TheHorse You mean Cobra (EXPENSIVE +++++)....The only experience I have with it was when my dad retired and had a few months before Medicaid or something started. I don't remember what the monthly charge was but I recall that it was huge. If you get all that back, or even just half of it, it will be worth all the headaches.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
@xander6464 That's my thought as well. 2018 was not a big money year for me.
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@LadyDuck (220170)
• Switzerland
15 May
I wish you good luck, I also hate to receive letters from the Tax Department, but if I call they are nice and they reply immediately. The joys of a small country.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
A small country. What a thought!
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@LadyDuck (220170)
• Switzerland
16 May
@TheHorse I would add a small country that works, Italy is not big, but try to talk with a public officer, you will die waiting on the phone.
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@LadyDuck (220170)
• Switzerland
17 May
@TheHorse What message, got through where?
@BelleStarr (43648)
• United States
15 May
Go to the IRS website and check for the forms, you probably can print them out.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
My hunch is that I will be able to. But will they have the data that I need?
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@BelleStarr (43648)
• United States
16 May
@TheHorse I would imagine that you have the data you need, on the forms that you already filed.
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@TheHorse (84882)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 May
@BelleStarr That's my hope. I'll start the research process today.
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