The State of New Jersey vs. Me.
I had to file 4 sets of tax returns this year, since I had 3 different jobs in 3 different states (the fourth being the federal return). The state of New Jersey was one of them, and their calculations were that I owed them $62 for 2010. (I would argue I owe them nothing, but that’s another debate.) Turns out I paid them $63, meaning they owe me a dollar refund. Will I get it? No. I got a notice in the mail (which cost $0.44 to mail) saying my requested refund was denied. No explanation, no nothing. But I assume it’s because it’s only $1 and they figure I won’t chase it. What if the shoe was on the other foot? What if I owed them $1? You better believe they’d come snarling after it, spending much more money to collect what was owed. So, my time preparing the tax documents is worth nothing? Yes, it’s only a dollar, but it’s a dollar I earned and was stolen from me.
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