Written by Morgan Truce
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Wednesday, 13 April 2005

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$22,465... every time!

Washington DC (AP) A glitch in the Internal Revenue Service audit checking software is turning into thousands of large income tax refunds for US taxpayers. IRS commissioner Mark Everson looked embarrassed before TV cameras at a press conference this morning as he explained, "We in the Internal Revenue Service don't know exactly how this happened, but we are going to get to the bottom of it. So far, no matter how we seem to try to correct the problem, these huge refunds keep going out. One thing for sure, I'm not going to blab about how those refunds get triggered… things are bad enough without me telling everyone how to get a free big refund from Uncle Sam!"

No matter, several internet websites have published the details of how to take advantage of the IRS software glitch. In a nutshell, all a taxpayer has to do is check YES to the Presidential Election Campaign check off, enter (301) 555-9631 as the phone number for the Paid Preparer, and enter $22,465 on the Refund line. None of the other numbers you enter on your tax return seem to matter. As long as a taxpayer does those three things on his tax return, he will get a $22,465 check in the mail from the IRS!

Bobby Dawson is a self-employed envelope stuffer from Tennessee. "My adjusted gross income for the past 14 years has never been more than six thousand dollars, so I thought it would be great if somehow I could get one of those big fat returns I'd been hearing about on the internet, so this year I filled out my 1040 and checked YES to the Presidential Election Campaign check off, entered (301) 893-9631 as the phone number for the Paid Preparer, and entered $22,465 on the Refund line. Eight weeks later I got a huge check from the government. I deposited the $22,465 check and already spent about half of it on a trip to Hawaii and beer. This sure beats the heck out of stuffing envelopes!"

"I used that TurboTax program to figure out my taxes this year," said Doris Hayhurst of Ohio. "TurboTax said that I owed the IRS over $6,000 - which I didn't have. I thought I was in big trouble until I found out about the big tax refund bonanza. I filled out my return like that sample and, sure enough, I got a whopping big $22,465 tax refund. I liked that a whole lot better than having to fork over $6,000 to the IRS. "I'm going to buy a new Toyota with my refund."

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