"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It's the result of a slow and outdated system (military bureaucracy AND IRS combined):
Military should be the channel through which military members process taxes/forms/receive notifications because THEY call teh shots, relocate and deploy - that would solve many problems (however: it would create new ones - those new problems wouldn't be quite so damning, though)•Confusion over eligibility rules for a tax break on income earned while serving in combat zones.
•Frequent moves that increase the odds that tax documents are mailed to an old address.
•The risk of deployed troops missing deadlines for response to IRS queries.
The IRS is required to notify military financial service offices when a servicemember is found to be delinquent on taxes. The military investigates the claim, and if it discovers that the servicemember is deployed or hospitalized because of a combat injury, it will seek a halt to IRS enforcement measures.
right now -as the article states - if you owe the IRS notifies *you* at your last known address - well obviously they shouldn't. Doesn't take a stroke of genius to realize that the military KNOWS where you do live - and can be more likely to keep in touch with you.
Perhaps the real solution would be to have a branch of the IRS purely for military-purposes which bridges this communication gap.
Last edited by Aunt Spiker; 04-19-12 at 08:08 AM.
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