Tax Relief

Published 18 years, 3 months past

When you own your own business (or just work independently), there’s an extra-special feeling of frisson when the mailman arrives bearing an envelope from the Internal Revenue Service.  I recently got one, though, that made me laugh out loud, despite being about the possible loss of my third-quarter payment.  No, really.  It still makes me chuckle every time I read the second paragraph:

On Sunday, September 11, 2005 an accident occurred on the San Mateo Bridge near San Francisco, California involving a courier transporting payments to an IRS Payment Processing Site.  A truck carrying tax payments overturned, causing approximately 30,000 Form 1040ES quarterly estimated tax payments to be ejected into the San Francisco Bay.

And people say the IRS has no sense of poetry.

Comments (6)

  1. I’m not quite sure why it’s funny (I think it’s the use of the word “ejected”), but it certainly did make me laugh.

  2. “Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay,
    Watchin’ the ti-ide ro-oll away…”

  3. Immediately made me think of the bridge disaster premonitions in The Mothman Prophecies. Imagine: “Form number 28662, you’re okay. Form number 28662, you’re okay…” :D

  4. Fly away little payments! Be free!

    Sorry, that’s all that came to mind. I know right where that accident happened too (not too far from my house).

  5. Its a bummer the mail truck regurgitated all those tax forms… I find myself wondering if the mail truck was suffering from belemiq…

  6. Somehow I don’t find the word ‘ejected’ to be congruous with the scenario depicted by the IRS. It almost sounds like the dog ate their homework.

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