Okay, so my parents are old and they are both part-time self-employed to keep themselves busy and also to extend their savings. I visited them today and they were telling me about their troubles with the IRS. Their calculated taxable income was 19k. So last week they received a notice saying there were errors on their tax forms. The IRS calculated their taxable income as 11k and their tax calculated owed as EIGHTEEN THOUSAND. Hmmm... I know the government's finances are pretty shoddy right now but I don't think people should be getting taxed more than their taxable income.
So anyway my dad called the IRS and the dumb agent said that it was all according to the tax table... Even when my dad questioned her if it made sense to her that he is being told to pay more than he and my mom made for 2010, she simply responded, "That's what you owe." So my dad is going to have pay a visit to the IRS tomorrow and kick some ass in person but WHAT THE FUCK. I get it if there was a computational error but it's annoying that the issue was not squashed by calling the IRS. The agent was obviously not hearing my dad and probably assumed he was trying to weasel himself out of taxes. My parents are fucking old goddammit! They don't need to be dealing with this shit