Atta Ikede

October 23, 2010

2008 IRS Cheque – Backdated or Helpfully Remailed?

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:22 pm

A few weeks ago I received a letter from the IRS. Thinking it was some kind of assessment notice, I panicked and left it unopened for a couple days.

Strength soon found me, and I opened to the letter to find a reissued cheque from 2008 for over $1500 dollars!

The cheque itself was super government-legit — there’s a picture of the statue of liberty on it and it says “United States Treasury” in patriotic font. Generally I find Canadian government documents are more attractive than US ones (you should see my social security “card”. It’s a piece of paper thinner than an index card that I had to perforate and tear myself!), but this cheque is something else!

The cheque looks like it’s dated Dec 2008. Unfortunately there are a lot of numbers on it, and it’s possible it could also be dated August 2010. Accompanying the cheque was an unsigned form letter from the IRS. It says that they’re remailing a cheque from May 2009 because their records show I didn’t cash it. They advise me that the very attractive cheque they enclosed cannot be cashed because it is more than a year old, but I should call them so they can verify me in order to reissue a cheque.

The really funny thing about this is that I absolutely do not remember getting a cheque last May. I really don’t think I would have forgotten to deposit a cheque for over $1500. This means that either:

1. They mailed the cheque to my old address on Fillmore, which means USPS’s mail forwarding service forgot to forward an important government cheque

2. They never actually mailed the cheque in 2009! Maybe they “forgot” to mail it and just sat on my money for a year and they’re only just getting around to mailing cheques now!

The USPS theory is possible, though USPS did successfully forward some mail last year. I’m kind of inclined to go with my second theory.

The other question this raises in my mind is wtf is up with Turbo Tax? They didn’t tell me I was going to get a $1500 refund! That stupid software told me I had to pay extra taxes this year. I wonder if I’ll be getting another huge refund?



1 Comment »

  1. r u sure this is not a scam? somehow I remember seeing something like this on the news not long ago.

    Comment by picnic buddy — November 5, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

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