My four month journey has come to an end. I have, for the first time in my life, lay defeat to “the man.” In August I received a letter from the IRS stating that I failed to pay a significant amount of my taxes in the year 2001. The claim was that there was an “extra” W-2 that I didn’t file and my income for the year was roughly double what I reported, which would have been a fairly hefty tax bill had I not decided to fight it. But fight it I did. The main problem was that the “missing” W-2 in question came from a company that doesn’t exist anymore, so I couldn’t simply go back to the company and straighten it out, because they weren’t there. Several letters went back and forth between yours truly and the IRS. I sent copies of W-2’s. Twice. I sent typed letters making my claim, defending my turf. Finally, just a couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from the IRS stating that I was, in fact, correct, that at some point in 2001 the company in question changed payroll providers and both providers sent them W-2’s and it was just a little mix up at the IRS factory. I win!

Song now playing: The Autumn Defense – “Tuesday Morning”