It really is true, what they say. There really are two sides to every story. But why? Why can’t there be one undeniable, unequivocal truth, that cannot be altered or mislead? Why do people have to “come up” with something better, bigger or more elaborate just to justify themselves in some other way? Why not just be happy with yourself? And if your not happy with the life you lead, then change it. Own up to the things that you have done and fix it for your future self, so you never have to deal with it again. Why is that so hard for people?
This question really comes up around tax time. Yes, I am bringing up the dreaded “T” word. As you look at your earnings from the past year, you tell people an “estimated” number of your earnings. Why? Because in some cases, you wish you made more and want to be important, or whatever your reasons may be. In other cases, you downplay the amount you made because it makes you fit in better (don’t ask me why someone would do this, because I really don’t know. It’s crazy. However, there HAS to be two sides to every story.). Other people might claim a dependant child that they really aren’t able to legally claim, and yet they do it anyway. Why? Because they need that extra child credit on their return so they can get something they want to get, or whatever their reasoning is. Ok, that was random, but it’s true. That really is the personal experience of hell I am living right now, because some people are complete morons. I am also completely positive that someone out there shares my pain. Because of that, I am looking into the “other side” of this particular story.
There are rules and regulations impeded upon us, by the good old IRS, that regulate who can and cannot claim a dependent child. For example, if in the tax year that you are filing for, you have financially supported said child, for over 50% of that year, and they physically live with you, as the custodial parent, you can legally claim them as a dependent. If you haven’t, or do not have a specific form giving permission to you, by the custodial parent, to claim said child for that tax year, then you may NOT claim that child as a dependent. It sounds like a lot, but its really quiet simple. Either the child lives with you and you pay for at least half of that child’s daily well being, or have permission by the custodial parent OR you don’t and you can’t. If you lie on your tax filing, then you will ultimately be screwed and could possibly face jail time, but will face an audit of your earnings and pay back any and all of the child credit you received and spent. Not too hard to understand, right?
And yet we still have people who are either too stupid, stubborn, egotistical or just plain ridiculous, try to “pull one over” on the parent that DOES have the right to claim the child as a dependent. And guess what? They will. Guess what else, El Stupido? You will get caught. Because when that letter comes and it says, “This child has been claimed already on a tax return. Please send us supporting documents to show you have the legal right to claim this child as a dependent.”, and you say, “Oh s&$%, I don’t have supporting documents, because the custodial parent never gave me permission and this child doesn’t live at my address (Handy Hint: the school records will show that, stupid), and I do not have any legal right to claim this child and I just wanted the extra money!”, Uncle Sam will say, “Well now you have to pay all of that extra money back, plus a penalty fee. Oh and we are going to audit your whole return and your prior returns too, just in case.” Now, do you want to rethink your bad judgment call? Because I definitely would.
And for the Parent who is trying to do the right thing? Yeah, your going to be screwed for a little, while the IRS figures all this out and finally sends you your return. But in the long run, the idiot that decided that they wanted to do it their way, is going to get it in the end. It’s really not your problem. Even after they called you up and told you they were planning to claim the child, and you tried to be the nice person and talk them out of it, because its illegal. And their response was, “Well I know a guy that claimed 6 kids that aren’t even his and he didn’t get in any trouble.”, just nod and smile and think about how nice the sunny west coast is and tall all the beautiful palm trees are and forget about the utter stupidity you are hearing. It is not worth stressing over.
Because seriously, you don’t know the other side of this story. Maybe that person has had a serious brain hemorrhage and cannot comprehend factual logic anymore. Or maybe they are being misinformed by a crooked family member and cannot handle the truth. So do not be quick to judge, my friends. For there really are two sides, to every story.
::Insert face palm here::