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Author: PaulEngr 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 8884  
Subject: Re: Recovering Withholding Taxes Date: 5/14/2004 4:50 PM
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I've got one more wild suggestion for your cross-border problem, and this one is way out there.

The U.S. IRS always offers a service which is basically, "just fill out this form and we'll do your income taxes for you!"

Normally for obvious reasons this is a bad idea (you will always recover more money than they would).

However in your case, this may in fact be a legitimate use of that "service". I know it sounds silly but if the financial issue is a problem, it's one approach around it.

Another possibility is that there is such a thing as an IRS ombudsman service. You could try there.

Also, they do a fairly decent job in SOME cases publishing information explaining how and what to do in their own internal publications. And their own web site does a fairly decent job of helping you find one if they happen to have something that fits your situation.

In years past, they were a complete pain in the rear to deal with. However, I've had one dealing with them ever since they started the new "friendlier IRS" program and believe it or not, they were actually pretty darned helpful recently. In this case, I inadvertantly put the check for the State version in with the federal return and vice versa. So the state got a windfall and the feds sent me a nasty "pay up or die" type letters. The state was essentially useless. The feds actually put a "stop bugging me" notice in my file, charged a nominal fee (not the slave-for-life type fee they could have charged), and promptly straightened it all out without hardly any hassle at all. They were actually pretty reasonable to deal with too (but I don't have a blank on the form for that!)
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