Monday, July 14, 2008

The line FORMS to the left.

Before we get started, I will need each of you to complete form 2008 in it’s entirety. First time visitors only need to complete sections A through F but repeat visitors need to complete the entire form. If your last name starts with the letters A through N, please fill out only the applicable sections. If your last name starts with the letters M through Z complete sections C through V but omit the questions that don’t apply. If you are visiting for the first time but plan on visiting again, you will need to fill out all sections and also complete form 2007. If this is too complicated, you may elect to fill out form 2008 EZ however you will find it just as confusing and end up giving up on that one as well……………

Don’t you just love filling out forms. I love how they are so simple these days and so easy to fill out and understand. Yea right. And what happened to the internet simplifying things? I spent the greater portion of last night trying to fill out some tax forms. Step one was finding the right form. I struggled with step one. You see the form I wanted was part of another form and the title had nothing to do with what I wanted. It was like going to the grocery store to find lawn furniture. Who could argue with that logic. Finally I found what I thought was the right form, and thats when the fun really began.

Page one was all the usual stuff like name, age, address, business name. Business name? Wait I don’t want to start a business. I will just skip over that part. Then there were questions like: Type of business, number of employees etc . Man they are stuck on this business thing. Page one also said to make sure and complete applicable portions of page two but my page two was only instructions for filling out page one. Hmmm is something really wrong here. I went back on line and reprinted the forms and this time I got a page two. On page two, I only needed to complete section A but there were parts of that which I didn’t understand either. I also had numerous blanks and at the bottom of the form, it said that forms with blanks would be rejected. It’s time for the last resort. I hate asking for directions. What can I say, I am a man.

Ok so I call the tax office and guess what I hear? “I’m sorry the number you are trying to reach has been disconnected.” What the heck? No more taxes! Yes Yes Yes? (Wishful thinking on my part.) They gave me a new number so I called it. Now a lady answers and I tell her I need help with a form and she asks a million questions and finally transfers me to another person who can help me. A man answers now and he asks the same million questions and finally I get the answer I am looking for: Sir that’s not the right form. You need to fill out form 2008 EZ. 10 minutes later I finish filling out the form on line and I am again a legal citizen of the USA.

While I was doing all this form searching, I found a form that you fill out to suggest changes to other forms. I wonder if there is a form to fill out to make suggested changes to the form change form. The possibilities here are endless.

Please complete the exit form before you leave.

Have a wonderful day,

Greg

14 comments:

Lori said...

Doing the tax forms each year can be maddening!! You have my sympathy. But you've written a very funny post about it!

Wanda said...

Oh Greg, will you help me up off the floor ~~~ I fell off my computer chair laughing. I tried to fill out your exit form but laying on my back laughing so hard, my feet couln't reach the keyboard.

Greg ~~life would be so boring without you.... I so glad I've found someone with my sense of humor.

LOL: The pink rain lily from CA.

Gnightgirl said...

You have my sympathy. I just had to fill out forms to the IRS that explained why I didn't have to fill out forms. It was so complicated that I had to get my attorney in on the fun.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

You sound like a candidate for one of those tax programs :o)

I'm spoiled, the bf's dad does our taxes......

happyone said...

Forms sure seem more complicated these days.
At least you made us laugh. :-)

Sandy said...

aaarrrrrrgggggggggg, whew, I got tired just reading this. Thank God my husband fills out forms!! What would I do without him.

Ann said...

OHHHH BoYYY,

That doesn't sound like much fun at all. LOL!!

Lori

Katherine Aucoin said...

I loath filling out forms. I feel like since we moved to another state, I've done nothing BUT fill out forms for the last 3 years! I think we need to revolt! ;)

USAincognito said...

*snort* They seriously make forms way too complicated!!

Connie Pombo said...

"EZ" for whom? LOL!!!;)

Oh, I need to stop by the General Store more often for a belly laugh...let's see I think I burned 50 calories laughing so I don't think I really need to go to the gym today.

Thanks Greg!

Scarlet said...

I totally understand this! LOL

I was trying to complete the online registration form for a cruise with a travel agent on the line and neither one of us had any luck with it. I asked her if she could help me do it over the phone rather than on the internet and she said, "No, that's the way they want it done now...online." We spent close to an hour waiting for the site to work and nothing. Today, 24 hours later, it worked! I'm going to the Bahamas in a couple of weeks! Woo-hoo!! :)

Janice Thomson said...

Oh how funny Greg! I so enjoyed this post and know exactly what you mean.

Sian said...

I think the Inland Revenue owe me quite a sum for over paid taxes but honestly, they are welcome to it so that I don't have to fill in those wretched forms!...

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