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“Rejected!” Says the IRS

Stupid tax returns. So I took it upon myself to file my own taxes this year. Each year, my daddy does everyone’s taxes. Like everyone. Me, my brother, him and my mom, my grandmother, extended relatives like great aunts. Everyone!

I only have the one W-2 from work. I figured I could use H&R Block or TurboTax, do it online for free. Boom, band, done in 15 min. So naive I was.

I filled out the forms and submitted online. Then I get an e-mail saying my return was rejected. I suddenly wish my daddy was the one filing for me. But ultimately, I was quite lucky I decided to pretend to be an independent grown-up this year. My dad always waits until the last minute to file and had he found out a 2:00 am right after returns were due that mine was rejected, I’d be screwed.

Since I was ahead of the deadline, I found a way out. I called around to the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. Turns out, someone filed tax returns in another state using my SSN.

I was so perplexed. I checked my bank accounts, credit accounts, etc. and no other hinky activity had taken place. Just some asshole in some other state tried to get over on the IRS. Well, they’ve got that asshole. They stopped their return.

I only have like 20 steps to go through and 25 forms to file, but I’ll be able to file my returns this year. And the processing time will be up to 8 weeks for my return. I am honestly just thankful that this problem was able to be sorted out.

I’ve known people who had their identity stolen for credit purposes. That sometimes takes months and years to sort out. I’ll take my 8 weeks and thank my lucky star it wasn’t worse.

Ladies who read this blog who are getting married, take my advice. Don’t get married around tax time. The person I spoke to at the IRS seems to think my information was vulnerable to this because of so many changes going on recently with my name, address, etc.

Apparently people try crap like this all the time, but it can slip through the cracks if there is uncertainty with your information. Occasional checks on your credit information to be sure everything is kosher is a great idea.

So, for now I’m rejected, but in 8 weeks, I won’t be anymore!

3 responses

  1. silverneurotic

    I refuse to do my own taxes…and after reading this, I’m not sure I want to change my name either. Scary stuff. Thank god you caught it when you did.

    April 12, 2012 at 08:46

    • Doing my own taxes made me feel like quite the adult. But I was definitely calling my daddy for advice when this all first happened.

      May 23, 2012 at 03:59

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