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  •  IRS employees are not evil. (7+ / 0-)

    I worked there for 8 years and I enjoyed it. My first job was tax examiner, answering letters, removing penalties, finding checks, etc. I remember how the big oil companies could not figure out how to deposit their payroll taxes properly. I did enjoy telling those assholes that they owned the penalties and they did pay them.(I read the instructions right off the form so this was not brain surgery for me.) I also enjoyed removing the penalties from ordinary citizens who had made a mistake or misunderstood something about the taxes.I remember one payment of $56,000 that was sitting there and the letter was from someone who had a family farm, it was a real hard luck story and I felt so bad for them. I monitored their account and when the taxes were filed I went in and removed every penalty I could find. I would like to think I helped them in some small way.

    My next job was managing a few units where we researched the checks that people did not include their social security number on. IRS wanted to cash the checks first then let the taxpayer write in again to locate the check. We changed the paradigm to find the correct account first. I enjoyed training my employees to expand their research capabilities and I think they thought they had an important job that was interesting.

    I worked for SSA also and I can only say that most government employees I worked with were hard workers that would frequently go beyond the call of duty to help a taxpayer or social security recipient. I remember one SSA employee researching where a homeless person was living who was approved for disability and had a $30,000 check for back payment coming. She found his family, found someone to be his payee and even went under a bridge to find him and tell his disability was approved. I assure you no government contractor would do that, even though they receive twice or 3 times the pay.

    So for every government employee that pisses you off or whatever, there are 20 other ones busting their asses to help the public.

    Ok, I'm done!

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

    by GustavMahler on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 07:54:09 PM PDT

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