I was flipping through my mail this afternoon. There was a few postcard type ads, a letter from my bank trying to sell me a low rate mortgage loan, a letter for renewal of my membership to the Author’s Guild and another envelope that made my stomach do flips.
It was addressed to “Ms. Lisa Sabin-Wilson” (a name I just recently started using since I got married in June of ’06). It had a stamp on the outside that said “Official Documents. Confidential. Open Immediately.”
Now, that in itself wouldn’t have gotten my attention. It was the return address:
Office of Control and Audit
blah blah blah street
Let me make this clear – – I pay my taxes like a good, law abiding citizen. I have an accountant who keeps me on the straight and narrow – – I hired him when I became self-employed because math makes me dizzy. He is about as obsessive compulsive as any bean counter out there … but my immediate thought when I saw the return address was “Oh man, I’m getting audited by the IRS”
I’ve been filing taxes for E.Webscapes since 1999, as a business. The first year or two didn’t really show much profit, but since then – it has grown steadily each year. Two years ago, I created and LLC for it and also added Blogs About Hosting in 2003. I’m a total dork when it comes to knowing whats what when it comes to taxes. I understand the basics.. income..expenses…. The line pretty much stops there. My accountant is creative – – creative and above board. So, how could this happen to me?
Do people who get audited take it personally? I hadn’t even opened the envelope – and I was taking it personally. I immediately began thinking of the nightmare this would be – – how I don’t have time to stop everything in my life to deal with an IRS audit.
I opened the envelope with much trepidation – wondering if I shouldn’t be opening a bottle of scotch at the same time.
Inside was a plea from the Republican National Committee for a donation of $250 or more.
Now, I ask – how is a person supposed to physically be able to dig out a checkbook to write a donation check when they are in the midst of having a heart attack after thinking that return address meant what it said?
Control and Audit
Well? What would YOU think? Was this a blonde moment? Should I have known better? I’m not a reactionary person by nature, and I’m not paranoid….it was just my immediate thought.
I did rip up the donation letter. I put the ripped pieces in the return envelope and will mail it back to them in the morning. Donating to the RNC isn’t high on my list of things I really want to do right now. I used to – until … well, let’s not get into politics, shall we? I swore off poliblogging a few years ago.
It should be a damn law to have “Republican National Committee” as the damn return address on such things. I mean, what if I had a weak heart??