Part of my relocation package gives me the "benefit" of having my tax return prepared by one of the Big Four consultancies. This involved them sending me a letter requesting that I fill in all my relevant information on their specially developed website, and then they would do the rest.
I dutifully did this by the deadline they had imposed and then everything went quiet for about six weeks. Three working days before the Internal Revenue Service deadline I received a FedEx package with my completed return, all ready for me to sign and dispatch.
I noted a few things:
- I wasn't convinced that the numbers were correct. It's too late to delay sending the forms back, but I may have to file an amendment after the fact.
- Given the very tight timescales, what would have happened if I was travelling in the days before the 17 April deadline?
- Best of all, the boxes I filled out on the website seemed to map almost exactly one-to-one to the boxes on the form!
It would appear that tax does indeed have to be taxing.