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Dear Taxpayer: This letter cost you $42 million

vhx

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/w...7-rebate-letters_N.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) ? At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail.

The Internal Revenue Service is spending the money on letters to alert taxpayers to expect rebate checks as part of the economic stimulus plan.

The notices are going out this month to an estimated 130 million households who filed returns for the 2006 tax year, at a cost $41.8 million, IRS spokesman John Lipold confirmed.

That works out to about 32 cents to print, process and mail each letter. It doesn't include the tab for another round of mailings planned for those who didn't file tax returns last year but may still qualify for a rebate.....
Irony or not? An economic stimulus plan meant to boost economy takes $42 million from it, on the notifications alone. This is really unneccesary.
 

jpeyton

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32 cents to print/process/mail each letter is damn cheap, but here's a cheaper idea: MAKE A PRESS RELEASE, release it to the media and your website.

If someone cares enough about their check, they'll look it up. If they don't care, why bother notifying them?
 

CycloWizard

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Sep 10, 2001
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Originally posted by: jpeyton
If someone cares enough about their check, they'll look it up. If they don't care, why bother notifying them?
Because it's the government. Pushing paper around is the only thing it does well.
 

StageLeft

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Originally posted by: jpeyton
32 cents to print/process/mail each letter is damn cheap, but here's a cheaper idea: MAKE A PRESS RELEASE, release it to the media and your website.

If someone cares enough about their check, they'll look it up. If they don't care, why bother notifying them?
They already did, we already knew. I got one and it told me nothing I didn't know. I guess it's for the complete freaking hermits who are aware of nothing at all. I am positive somebody got it and was, like "Wow, what a surprise!"

 

DaveSimmons

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Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
 

Jmman

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
Bingo. I was wondering if anyone here would be astute enough to see how a simple letter can alter consumer confidence......:)
 

m1ldslide1

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
Assuming that having this cash in hand will actually improve said economic outlook, then it's pretty smart. If, however, it will do little to help anybody in the longer term, then it's just jerking off at a hefty price tag.
 

BoberFett

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I just jerked off for free. I obviously chose the wrong professions, I didn't know you could get paid to do that.
 

Engineer

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Originally posted by: BoberFett
I just jerked off for free. I obviously chose the wrong professions, I didn't know you could get paid to do that.
Damn man, I just spewed all over the keyboard :laugh:

Maybe I'll get the letter and I'll run out with confidence and buy a new, clean one now.
 

Exterous

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Originally posted by: Jmman
Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
Bingo. I was wondering if anyone here would be astute enough to see how a simple letter can alter consumer confidence......:)
Plus, 42 million isn't that much in the scope of the economy. It equates to $0.00002 dollars to someone who makes $75,000 a year ($42mill out of $13trillion)
 

TechBoyJK

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Originally posted by: Exterous
Originally posted by: Jmman
Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
Bingo. I was wondering if anyone here would be astute enough to see how a simple letter can alter consumer confidence......:)
Plus, 42 million isn't that much in the scope of the economy. It equates to $0.00002 dollars to someone who makes $75,000 a year ($42mill out of $13trillion)
even still... at 25 cents each, $42million could have bought 168 million protein biscuits............
 

ericlp

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Originally posted by: Engineer
Originally posted by: BoberFett
I just jerked off for free. I obviously chose the wrong professions, I didn't know you could get paid to do that.
Damn man, I just spewed all over the keyboard :laugh:

Maybe I'll get the letter and I'll run out with confidence and buy a new, clean one now.
I heard you can chuck it into the dish washer. Next time don't be jerking off in front of the keyboard....


;)


Guess our government is too stupid to figure out that most of the working stiff's have email address.... Next thing... why can't they just deposit my check into my paypal or direct deposit it into my back account? Think how much money and trees we could have saved....

 
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Speaking as a person who won't see a dime of the tax rebates, this does seem like a gratuitous waste of money. Ah well - by federal government standards $42M is small potatoes.
 

Engineer

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Originally posted by: ericlp
Originally posted by: Engineer
Originally posted by: BoberFett
I just jerked off for free. I obviously chose the wrong professions, I didn't know you could get paid to do that.
Damn man, I just spewed all over the keyboard :laugh:

Maybe I'll get the letter and I'll run out with confidence and buy a new, clean one now.
I heard you can chuck it into the dish washer. Next time don't be jerking off in front of the keyboard....


;)


Guess our government is too stupid to figure out that most of the working stiff's have email address.... Next thing... why can't they just deposit my check into my paypal or direct deposit it into my back account? Think how much money and trees we could have saved....

LOL. Boberfett was jerking off. I just spewed pop (soda for your proper folks) all over the keyboard from reading his post! :laugh:
 

Rainsford

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Apr 25, 2001
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Originally posted by: Jmman
Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Sadly this action makes sense, because it will increase the common man's confidence in the economy to know that the bread and circuses are almost in town.

Psy-ops on consumer confidence is a valid step to improve the economic outlook.
Bingo. I was wondering if anyone here would be astute enough to see how a simple letter can alter consumer confidence......:)
Considering that consumer confidence is mostly what drives the economy, $42 million to boost it seems like a bargain to me.
 

FoBoT

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people work for the IRS , the $42 million isn't going to "disappear"
it goes into the economy, the IRS has to buy envelopes and paper from private companies , people work for those companies
etc etc
 

StageLeft

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Sep 29, 2000
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Originally posted by: FoBoT
people work for the IRS , the $42 million isn't going to "disappear"
it goes into the economy, the IRS has to buy envelopes and paper from private companies , people work for those companies
etc etc
Nonetheless, $42M put into something like a bridge or a building does not vanish once people throw the mail in their trash.
 

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