Monday, I paid a couple of hundred dollars to the Internal Revenue Service for a penalty on a penalty that in turn by law I should never have been assessed.
I employ myself, one full-time secretary, and one part-time paralegal (part-time because my health insurance company requires that I give every employee with over 20 hours of work per week insurance because they want a big pool for Obamacare). I pay payroll taxes, two different levels of unemployment taxes, business license fees, I could go on, and I always pay on time; but paying these things takes away my stock in trade, my time.
In December, I received a notice from the IRS saying I was off some amount in the taxes I paid for the third quarter of 2013. I looked at my records and said, No I’m not. I called and I was told that yes I was, because although I’d used the electronic payment system to make my payment (I’m required to do this by law) and had made sure it would fund to the IRS by the correct date (the “settle date”), the system had malfunctioned, and the IRS didn’t get my payment on time. I protested that this wasn’t my fault and by law the settle date is supposed to count as the date of payment, and I got some garbage about the amount not being settled by that date.
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