In Which The Beans Pay Taxes– Sort Of

[This series of events is weirdly inspirational considering we’re talking about the IRS here.]


The Beans make money.


AprilThe Beans file a tax return with the IRS and pay taxes on the money they made in 2009.

August – The Beans receive a letter from the IRS stating that one small section of The Beans’ 2009 tax return is being audited.

The Beans phone their CPA, Sir Add-alot, who did the tax return in question.  Sir Add-alot and the Lawyer Bean figure out that the IRS is indeed correct and that a mistake has been made on the “tax return in question.”

The Beans pay more taxes.  And a penalty.

The Lawyer Bean, who spends most of his working life figuring out how to solve problems, is pleased that the situation is rectified.   The Blogger Bean shrugs and says, “oh well.”   Sir Add-alot frets.

November – Sir Add-alot continues to fret and tells the Lawyer Bean of such.


FebruaryThe Beans receive a phone call from Sir Add-alot.

While preparing The Beans’ 2010 tax return, Sir Add-alot has a brain storm and double checks something on what is now known within The Bean household as the “tax return formerly in question.”  At which point he realizes that he did not make a mistake on the “tax return formerly in question.”  Nor did the Lawyer Bean make a mistake.

[It’s a given that the Blogger Bean didn’t make a mistake.  She cedes all responsibility for taxes to those who actually enjoy working with numbers.]

The Beans learn from Sir Add-alot that the financial institution where they have some investments– a place of numbers— had made a mistake while adding up a bunch of numbers.

[Uh huh.]

By the time the Blogger Bean hears of this turn of events, Sir Add-alot has already made some calls– filled in some new forms– talked with the right people.  And he has sent the revised “tax return in question/then not in question because we paid more taxes and a penalty/then known as the tax return formerly in question/but now once again referred to as the tax return in question (but in a good way)” to the IRS.

[You with me here?]

AprilThe Beans await the return of their money— that they did not owe to the IRS, but paid while under the impression that they did owe it to the IRS– but now know better– and want their money back from the IRS– who has said that the money will be returned to The Beans once the “tax return in question (but in a good way)” is processed by the IRS.

The End.

[I hope.]

7 thoughts on “In Which The Beans Pay Taxes– Sort Of

  1. Love the way you relate a story! We had the same kind of problem. We were audited over a certain part of our 2008 return in Dec of 2010. We had to scramble to get paperwork (AGAIN!!) to send to them (AGAIN!!!), proving that we were allowed the certain deduction. Of course, we were right! It’s such a hassle and makes me furious. The government is such a mess. No one knows what the other is doing.


  2. Beth, what a mess you had with your tax return. I’m finding out that being audited isn’t as rare as I thought it was. Not that I felt in the least bit special about being audited. Don’t get me wrong! I could do without the experience.


  3. Tax time is always stressful around here with a self-employed person! It sounds like you’ve been having some “interesting” tax adventures also. We get money back this year(that’s what happens when your husband isn’t working much) but our older daughter owed money, after she barely earned any. It doesn’t seem very fair.


  4. I kind of (OK, not kind of, really) wish they would fix the tax code, so that everyone just pays a percentage of their wages. It could still be graduated so those who make a lot pay more, and those who make very little pay less, but if we got rid of all of the deductions and exemptions and so on, we could all manage our own taxes without accountants or CPAs or computer programs. It would still be a little complicated for those who are self employed, but not very.


  5. I spotted your comment over on Bee’s post about her bookshelf. I had to come and meet you. Me, too. Me, too. I have piles and piles of books. Just wanted to say hello.


  6. J, I like your idea. How are we going to get it implemented?

    Relyn, hi! Thanks for stopping by. I always like new bloggy friends. Will check out your blog very soon.


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