Yesterday a $900 bill arrived from the IRS. I had forgotten to report a miscellaneous source of income on my 2006 return; I don’t think I ever got a 1099-MISC, and I had forgotten about it. The amount I would have paid if I had remembered was $800. After interest and penalties, the total amounted to $900.
100 measly dollars. That’s all that happens if you accidentally screw up on your tax return. A slap on the wrist. That’s SO AWESOME! I used to be super afraid that if I screwed something up on my taxes, I’d go to jail or lose my life savings or something. But no, I just have to pay a dinky little fine. I’ll gladly pay $100 to learn a valuable and empowering lesson like this. (: