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None of this is surprising, really
December 17, 2007

Wow, am I ever sick of being in a state of pretty much perpetual pissed-offedness. Yes indeedy, after the last post of "yay, life is good!", things went from mostly awesome to otherwise shite. And by shite I mean complete shite like, "wow, if I didn't have some really awesome people around me, I very well may end up homeless within the next couple of months." Seriously. Why homeless? Oh, I'm SOOO glad you asked!

You remember that guy? The one who was my husband? Yeah, him. I divorced him at the beginning of the year for many many reasons, though one of the main reasons was because he was a man who was completely undependable. I wouldn't trust him with my life nor the life of our almost-child. Oh, and he doesn't like to pay his taxes. Now, I knew this a few years into our relationship and before we got married, it was understood that he really needed to take care of the issues with him not paying the government, with much debate from his side on how it's illegal for the gov to ask for citizens' money, etc etc. Well, guess what? Last-last November, I loaned him $1400 to get started on the tax-paying from 2003-2005. In April, we filed a joint return, as Idaho is a community property state, and there was no other way to do it. And since I had figured out that if I had filed separately, I would have actually gotten a tax return for nearly $2,000, and since Benjamin had paid *no* taxes, social security, or anything else that year, it was agreed that he would pay the debt owed to the IRS.

Guess what hasn't happened! That's right, boys and girls! Benjamin has not, in fact, paid off the 2006 taxes. Not even close! By what the IRS tells me, there was a payment back in May, but nothing has been done since. I, of course, continued to get letters asking for money from the IRS, but every time I would ask Benjamin about it, he said that things were "taken care of" and that I shouldn't worry about it. And so I did, being the trusting person I am. Oops! Last Wednesday (1,2,3,4, FIVE days ago) a levy was placed on MY checking account. Why mine? Because my number was the first social security number on the tax form! Becuase I had actually paid my taxes all the years prior! This is what I get for being a good little citizen (note: afaik, no levy was placed on Benjamin's account)! So, of course, I call Ben and, at this point, TELL him to take care of things, since what is in that account is supposed to, you know, pay for my bills and food and things that allow me to LIVE, and I'll bet you can figure this part out, but what has been done? Nothing! Nothing has been done to help me access the money I earned busting my ass 40 hours a week. Not amazingly, Ben has become very suddenly rather impossible to contact, and I am left getting FUCKED OVER. The thing about this is? Fixing the issue is rather easy: Either I can agree to pay off the over $6,000 that is owed to the federal government by Benjamin Wood, or he can call up the IRS and agree to make a payment plan that would cost him a mere $86 a month. Since nothing has been done, and I'm screwed, I've started some paperwork that should help me get out of this in the long run, but that's not going to help me pay my rent this month.

As one may understand, this has left me with a large headache and I'm kind of pissed off for most of the day. The last I heard, after talking to Benjamin on Friday night, he had filled out some form and was going to call the IRS today. I've called him approximately 83 times today so far to no avail. My paycheck that's supposed to be deposited tomorrow will be rejected by my bank, and I'm not sure when I'll be able to get it. This has rather affected my life in a bad way.

Anyone looking for information on Benjamin So-and-so*, currently residing in Boise, Idaho, please let me know - you can email me at my gmail address under devlyn. Yes, the Benjamin So-and-so born on his birthday, brother of So-and-so, son of So-and-so and So-and-so. Thanks!

*Names changed to protect the guilty