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There But For the Grace....

I had a few parcels to mail out today. Duuuhhh... I totally forgot it was Income Tax Day! I left work too late to make it to my usual small-town post office, so I pulled into the P.O. near work. The line was out the door. I guess my parcels won't be in the mail until at least tomorrow... which is actually the real Income Tax Day... so that means probably Wednesday instead.

I just don't get these people lined up at the post office. I mean, you take a big envelope, you put all your tax papers (and your check) inside, and you stick on three or four stamps.

But... what if it doesn't need three stamps?!

Then... SO WHAT?!! Is it really worth standing in line for an hour to save forty cents? Looking at that line at the post office and seeing all those morons standing there for an hour agonizing over the cost of a stamp or two helped me realize that, pathetic as I am, there are those who have even less of a life than do I.


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Apr. 15th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
The problem with stamps (here) is that the amount you stick on depends on the weight. And tax returns are way heavier than standard letters. You cannot risk putting to little on it but knowing how much is enough is a problem.
So most people just go the the Tax office and drop it in the mailbox. They have a big mailbox and on the last two weeks before the deadline they put a huge extra mailbox up at the door. And I mean HUGE. The one in Hasselt is over a cubic meter.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Forgot to mention. You can use the Tax-on-Web site to fill in your tax declaration without waiting in line or driving around to drop off an envelope. Only when you have a complicated declaration with lots of proofing documents you need to send in an envelope than.

(Notice the deadline for the declaration is in June. Payments are only due later (October onward) and returns come in after January.)
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