Bear with me. I’m going to work through some seriously mundane tax nonsense. So. We get this “subpoena” from the city saying we are ordered to appear because we didn’t file returns for ’07 and ’08. Wait. Not from the city. From RITA. Part of me realizes I could have just ignored it for a while, but what the hell. They ordered me to appear on a Friday, so…yeah. Half day! Anyway…we go down there. I figured it would be a revolving door kind of situation…waiting in line, yada yada yada. Indeed. So we get into an office instead of at the window (thank Thor for chairs, my back hurts…wow, I’m OLD), the woman was super nice and answered as many of my questions as she could…but basically, what I can gather is this: despite having our address on file in surely several places (REAL ESTATE RECORDS? ANYONE?), we apparently didn’t make it onto the right MAILING list in time to be mailed FORMS. Or even, say, a LETTER, that might say…I don’t know….PLEASE GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND FILE A TAX RETURN. So…even though we had more than enough cash to cover the percentage required withheld from our paychecks (we’d have gotten refunds if we’d have FILED), we got “credit” for having paid the tax. And then had to pay $25 for each year. So….right. Super efficient bureaucracy. It HAD to have cost more to wait until the audit, send the “subpoena,” and yada yada yada than it would have to maybe….mail a letter when we BOUGHT THE HOUSE. Yikes. I’m really not even annoyed with this. It’s just hilarious.