The tax man is after me

… And I am a bit scared. I received a letter from the IRS on Friday, and it is still sitting on my desk, unopened, because I am afraid to see what it says. I messed up a few years ago on a tax return. I didn’t report part of my income, because I thought I was being paid under the table, totally illegal. My boss was paying me cash each week instead of an actual check or direct deposit, and he didn’t provide me with a W-2, so I didn’t think he was reporting my income to the IRS. It turns out he was reporting it. I’ve already received mail from my city’s department of taxation regarding the same tax return, saying I owe back taxes. I’m so screwed. It’s only a matter of time before my state comes after me, too.

For my non-American friends, I’m sorry if any of this is confusing. The IRS is the Internal Revenue Service, which essentially is the department of taxation for the federal government, and a W-2 is a summary of an employee’s income and income taxes paid for the year, sent to employees (or made available electronically) the following January.

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If you want to open it I will sit here with you while you read it, Just let me know okay?

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I’m not sure I want to open it; it is going to ruin my day. I know I have to open it at some point, though.

It wouldn’t be anymore than a few grand. Talk to a tax lawyer and they could probably knock a huge chunk of it off

come on! I’ll be right here. We will figure it out!

That’s way more than I can afford. It could be for $500 and it would be more than I can afford. I barely have my head above water right now. I already owe something like $700 to my city.

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the IRS will just take what you owe out of your next tax return or start keeping your checks, its best to read it. Maybe you can make payment arrangements. But you have to read the letter.

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Okay, I read it and it had nothing to do with that tax return. It was just a notice that my IRS data from last year’s tax return had been furnished to the Dept of Education for my income-driven repayment plan on my student loans, something I was already aware of, as I was the one who initiated it. My student loan payments are income-based; I could never afford those loan payments if I had to pay the full amount.

So I guess I was scared of that letter for no reason. I am still worried about my tax situation, because I do owe money to my city and state from that year.


thank heavens! I hope you can breathe better now



If it makes you feel any better, I owe the IRS $70,000.

Its not great, but its not ruining my life.

They’re working with me, and I only have to pay them like half, which I am going to finish paying this year.

When I found out, I thought it was the apocalypse,

Not to mention the increased paranoia.

But ends up owing the IRS is not the end of the world and it can be worked out amicably.