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Author: billjam Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 124982  
Subject: Re: overtax refund Date: 8/5/2012 11:38 PM
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About 40 years ago I received a check from the IRS for overpayment of tax. No explanation other than that. Being curious and working in corporate accounting, I reverse engineered the amount and found it matched one on my return. The amount was a category subtotal on one of the forms (don't recall which one). My conclusion was the IRS had keypunched the subtotal into a detail line by mistake. That led them to believe there was a math error on my part in calculating the subtotal. The note with the check said not to question the check (IOW, we are the IRS and are all powerful and never wrong), so I cashed the check and kept the money.

Seems hard to believe there could be that kind of error these days with most people filing electronically but who knows.
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