So lately I have been dealing with my past. My ex-girlfriend let me claim her kids because she was sick all year. I filled out my taxes ten years ago claiming her two kids not knowing that her mother claimed her kids to cover her gambling habit. So, two years later the IRS audited me cause two people claimed the same kids. Even though I lived with them all year I was told that didn't matter because I wasn't family.
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein, physicist
Fast-forward ten years now eight grand turned into fourteen grand. I did not file for a few years cause of this. I tried to get the information from the IRS to take care of this matter. I was told they would mail me the information but that never happened. I then tried to call back but only got the run-a-round on the phone, so I gave up.
“To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.” — Edmund Burke, 18th Century Irish political philosopher and British statesman
This year when I filed my taxes everything went smoothly. Then I logged online to the IRS website to see a banner that they would freeze all my accounts and levy my assets. So, this year I hired a lawyer to take care of this matter. That cost a great deal of money, but it felt great to finally take care of this matter. That is what recovery is all about doing the next right thing even if we don't want to. At the end of the day I can go to sleep and not have to worry about any of this anymore.