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nal Revenue Service alike.
According to the IRS, filing errors are starting to show up on this season’s completed tax forms (and you know what that can lead to), so the tax-collecting agency is urging taxpayers and tax preparers to make sense of the rebate they received — or didn’t receive — before filing the 2008 federal returns.
“Some individuals who did not get the economic-stimulus payment, and a smaller number of those who did, may be eligible for the recovery rebate credit. However, most taxpayers who received the economic-stimulus payment last year will not qualify for the recovery rebate credit on their 2008 federal income tax return,” says the IRS. Got it? An early sampling of 2008 tax returns by the IRS “shows about 15 percent have errors involving the recovery rebate credit.”
“Some tax returns erroneously claim the credit, do not claim the proper amount of recovery rebate credit or mistakenly enter the amount of the stimulus payment they received on the recovery rebate credit line.”
“In politics, a candidate may only have a minute, even less, to make an impression. The trick was to make it a lasting one.” It’s probably better not to identify the federal bureaucrat (from the Department of Labor, no less) who sent the following letter to Inside the Beltway:
“Our political leaders are shouting from the rooftops that we should have fiscal responsibility. President Obama vows today that we will rebuild. Who is this ‘we’? Do our political leaders have mice in their pockets? From what I can see, ‘we’ are tightening up our purse strings, ‘we’ are suffering from overspending in Congress, ‘we’ are trying to survive.
“From what I can see, ‘they’ are spending like it is going out of style, ‘they’ can’t [rein] in their pork projects, ‘they’ are finding more and more excuses to spend our money.
“ ‘We’ need to clean house and elect a new group of individuals. But alas, the American people are too afraid to have real change and stand up for ourselves. As a veteran, I served my country and defended all persons to have a right to be free. I just wish the American people would exercise that right. ...
“This is how we will be conquered as a nation, not from exterior threats, but from within. In the immortal words of Pogo, ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.’ ”