Fishing For Taxes
This is a follow up to an earlier post about my adventures with the tax man
. I have been reading about other people’s travails with the insurance industry, and their (surprise!) practices of extra billing, double billing, illegitimate billing, refusal to pay claims, etc. Having spent some time in the computer department area of some medical billing companies, I can tell you that this is not
being done by accident. I also worked for an insurance company during my misspent youth – and they
do the same type of thing. Especially if they think you’re a mark who can’t handle the pressure.
How does this relate to what I have just went through? Well, the State of Michigan decided that they would try and fish for some quick cash by bankrupting yours truly. I have talked to my accountant, and she thought this was one of the funniest things she had heard in a long time. She also told me a few stories in a similar vein about some of her past clients and their adventures with the tax man. And the hopes of the tax man that the poor schmoes they do this to will just pay them and shut the hell up.
Then the tax department told me that they weren’t sure whether I should be filling out tax form set A or tax form set B. I have already sent them a complete set of tax forms A, and of course immediately volunteered to send them a set of tax forms B to make sure I wouldn’t get caught in a Catch-22. And of course was told that I didn’t need to worry, just ignore that sword we hung above your head – and no, don’t send those forms in.
For some strange reason, I don’t feel reassured. I am still considering giving up the business, and I am still somewhat nervous about the whole situation, despite the best efforts of my peeps. I really like the whole idea of biodiesel – it could help things out so much right now
. Even 20% biodiesel makes an incredible difference in the amount of pollutants coming out of diesel vehicles – and would be able to be put right into the tanks of existing buses in the transit systems around the world. But, since the greedy corpo-weasels haven’t figured out how to get their paws on all of that revenue, and (even worse) would have to give up some of their cake, they seem to be disinterested in the idea. Go figure...