Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Of spilled mochas and the IRS

This is my rant of the moment. Bear with me. It's nothing life-threatening, and I apologize for being out of sorts, but it's still irritating.

So this is what you do this week if you are me:

1. Pick up your coffee 3/4 of the way to work (11 miles in thick traffic) and find out, the hard way, that the coffee drive through didn't put on the lid all the way. Get mocha all over your beige skirt. Call your boss and tell him you need to go home and change. Hear your boss laugh and say OK, as long as you send pictures of the mess.

2. Spend time agonizing over a letter from the IRS that says they haven't received your tax payment, which you made 2 months ago. Spend lots - and LOTS - of time on hold (total of more than an hour) on multiple calls, after going through literally a dozen menus to get a live person, and on the first of these calls, have your cell phone drop the call after the agent tells you everything is OK and you don't owe and you can disregard the notice. Call back just in case and their computer systems are down. Call back again just in case, and find out that the guy didn't finalize fixing the ridiculous glitch (more on that in a moment) even after he said he did "because the call is lost."

About as helpful as...

And the explanation? "The payment was applied to your husband's account, and you are listed as the main account holder."

Account? Like a drug store? We filed jointly, paid jointly, and then jointly received a bill saying we owed what we had already paid. Both of our names. On. Everything.

Somehow, even though we paid, and his "account" got credited, both of us still officially owed, until they unfucked it. I hope.

Does this sound like bullshit or a computer glitch to you? Or both?

3. Have the database that your national organization uses be about as useful as a condom with holes in it. Call the head of a national program and ask, "Who do I have to screw to get an accurate database?!"

4. Have one of your colleagues refuse to attend your meeting or send her staff because another one is going to be there. I thought we had finished kindergarten?

And it's not even Monday!

I am just tired as fuck after all of this, as ridiculous as that sounds. How's your week going?

25 comments:

DWei said...

My week is bland thus far. Though bland sounds a lot better than all the drama that you're going through. D:

LL Cool Joe said...

About as crappy as yours by the sound of it. Plus I'm dieting too, so I'm starving and bad tempered most of the time as well. :D

Hope your week improves soon.

Lynn said...

Ha! My friend Leisa and I had a complaint fest Monday afternoon on our mutual drives home. Sometimes it's good to rant.

I had a letter from the IRS earlier in the year, too. It strikes fear in the heart. :) They said I owed money for my 2011 tax return that I didn't owe. My accountant sent a letter that we faxed, saying: "I do not agree, etc..." I kept saying "maybe we should make it sound more polite than that." She laughed and sent it. And I got a letter saying it was resolved and that I indeed do not owe anything, but it took two months to come.

Rock Chef said...

My week is totally sweet, to be honest. Don't hate me, I can't help it :-)

On tax collection, things could be worse - they might adopt the Roman model:

Companies bid for the right to collect taxes in different areas, stating how much cash they will supply to the government. The winners to to their alloted areas and collect as much as they can, keeping anything that is in excess of what was promised. Most of these companies are largely owned by members of The Senate...

wigsf3 said...

The IRS is going after you because they think you're a tea party.

And for an accurate database, you need to hump any of these guys:
https://www.google.ca/search?q=ugly+nerd&client=safari&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=3UevUZHyNuScyQHrqoHwDg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=320&bih=416#

Charles Gramlich said...

The IRS thing would have freaked me out too. Sounds like someone there was just too lazy to actually do their job.

CraveCute said...

Oh dear RK, sounds like you have had a rough week! Sorry I have not visited for awhile, but I am pretty much caught up on your posts now. Haven't had any issues with the IRS, but sounds about like when I call our health insurance company, just want to pull my hair out!! Also on your previous post about Bob Ross and his wild pets, he was a really special guy and I loved watching him paint and tell his stories. It's true, the good do die young. Thanks for your visit, I truly appreciate it! ~ Diane

Cheryl said...

I am frustrated for you. Like a sympathy pregnancy but no sex was involved...well at least on my end...It seems that maybe your are getting screwed at your end. The IRS is just so irritating when there is a problem, esp. when the problem is theirs. You have every right to be irritated. How can a joint payment go to one person's acct????

Shhheeeesh...that would ruin anyone's day, week or month.

Wiwille said...

Going well thank you.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I feel like NOBODY knows what they are doing anymore. The IRS, AT&T, Etc., Etc.....AND, the nobody really gives a shit at these places....it all causes so many problems for us, the customer or client!!! Grrrrrrr!
I understand why you are so tired, my dear!

Elephant's Child said...

Some days/weeks 'give us this day our daily whinge' is the only thing to do (which doesn't involve bloodshed). Aaaargh - on all counts. I hope your week improves dramatically...

Granny Annie said...

My guess is they have heard about you and just wanted to make you say it.

Claire T said...

Oh my, you poor thing! It's been hellacious here too.....you have my sympathies!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Wow, that sucks. My week's going much better than yours is, and well, nothing's happened. No news is good news right?

"Get mocha all over your beige skirt."

Yes, I hate when I do that. Wait, what?

Riot Kitty said...

Well, post noms, and almost Friday, it's looking better.

ABFTS: You got a pic of that?

G. B. Miller said...

Week has been okay, except for being jammed with all kinds of mandated goodies that have to be taken care off.

As for the IRS, I was in similiar predicatement last year when they removed $1500 from my refund because I made a typo on my daughter's SS#.

Hour and fifteen minutes later, it was fixed.

The next day, I got the letter saying my money was being taken away.

Betty Manousos said...

wow! oh poor thing! that sucks. i second granny annie's comment.
my week has been crappy...(sorry), to say the least.

big hugs to you!

p.s. sorrry for only just now commenting.

Betty Manousos said...

...and that lol kitty "curse you, villain" made me smile. thanks!
something most definitely i needed it today.

Dexter Klemperer said...

You should have said you were head of your local tea party, and you would have gotten prompt attention from the IRS. But then again, that may have ended really badly.

Riot Kitty said...

GB: That just sucks.
Betty: Thanks, and no worries, and I loved that one, too.
Dexter: This made me laugh out loud! I did think of mentioning their little scandal, but thought better of it.

Ileana said...

Oh you don't want to know how MY week is going. Wish I had better tales to tell, my friend...but YOU, ayayay...and on the bright side, you do have an understanding boss. :)

Love the way you tell stories, chica. I could read your writing forever...and I am...because it's taking me that long to finish your book, ANY book. I need to seriously get with the program and put the drawing pencils down every now and then. lol

Happy Sunday! ♥

Riot Kitty said...

Ily, yikes! I just read your post. And thank you!

The Blue Grumpster said...

The IRS can kiss my blue ass. I mean that in a polite way.

The Blue Grumpster said...

@Damian Your week is always bland. I told you we should have that drink and unblandyour week, but you never listen :p

Lee said...

My week was uneventful. I'm a boring old fart!

But yesterday I did have a visit from a friend I've not seen in person since early January, 1991...and that was just wonderful. All the years in between just melted away as if we'd only seen each other a few weeks ago. It was so good to catch up.