The government has no accountability to we the people
to worry about money, it's hard to truly understand those who actually do.
And as far as bureaucracy is concerned, you can't get much bigger than the IRS.
Due to changing financial circumstances, I felt it would be best to do what the IRS tells us to do, I called them.
I explained that I am unemployed, facing homelessness and do not have any money. All I want to do is cancel my payment agreement.
Talk about hoops and loops. Say, "I am facing homelessness and am not sure where I will be" and their next question is,
"How do we contact you?" Uh, considering I don't know where I will be, I can't tell you that.
Oh, um, studder, studder....
Ok, how about we lower your payment? I say, ma'am, I am not working and do not have any money. If you try to take the money out of my account, it will bounce and I will have even less money. I hope to be back on the plan soon, but I do have a refund coming that will more than cover the amount I owe.
That's when things got really interesting.
Them: So who set up the direct debit?
Me: I did. I filled out the paperwork and sent it in.
Them: Oh (sounding shocked)
[Who the hell else would set up the direct debit?]
Them: Ok, well I will have to send a referral over to our debit department to cancel the payments. (Sounding like this was too much work for her)
Me: (thinking) That's what I called about, you idiot.
Them: So this is your cellphone
Me: Yes it is.
Them: So this is the number we can contact you?
Me: Yes, for the time being as long as it is on.
Them: Big sigh
It continued on like that for 45 minutes. It didn't get better. She continued to talk to me like I was some kind of scum of the earth. The tone of her voice was awful.
Does the IRS read the news? Are they not aware that
the economy totally sucks right now and that there are many people in this country who are losing their jobs and homes?
Why have they not received training regarding phone calls like mine?
I felt down right dirty by the time I got off the phone.
Is this how us lifelong tax payers are being paid back?