Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Okay, NOW they're just f*cking with me

At work, I am responsible for compiling data for the Federal and State tax forms. It's just one of those many, many things that were not part of my original job description but have somehow mysteriously landed in my lap over the years, mostly because nobody else wanted to do them, and shit, if there's something you don't want to do at work, just dump it on the secretary! Bah.

And the thing about the tax forms is that they change every goddam year. Shit, sometimes every quarter. They're always tweaked, just a leetle bit, just enough so you have to learn a bunch of new shit just to be able to figure out what particular information they are asking for.

I love the (tax) code! NOT. CHRIST.

So here I am, filling out this one particular yearly form, and you've got to take the payroll numbers and subtract this and multiply by that and simple, right?

Except this year they've added a twist. This year you've got to take your final numbers, then divide it into the first half of the year and the second half of the year. You have to reverse-engineer the numbers.

And for the love of GOD I cannot figure this out. The numbers are NOT complying. They are NOT adding up, no many how many times I work it through.

And why did they do this? Why did they split the year, causing my brain to melt? BECAUSE THEY CAN.

I think for my next career I want to work for the IRS. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?


1 comment:

rockygrace said...

DING DING DING we have a winner! After much perusal and a couple of false starts, I figured it out!

You know, this is REALLY unnecessary. They could make the forms much clearer than they are. The fact that I've been doing this shit for twenty-five YEARS and STILL get stumped is testament to how obtuse some of this bullshit is.