I have two beefs with my state today. Does every state do this or is it just mine?
1. Yesterday, I received my state's instruction booklet and returns for 2002. For the first time I noticed that "in order to expedite the return process" my state had the bright idea of making a preprinted mailing label to paste on the mailing envelope that had:
a. my full legal name
b. my full legal address
c. my complete social security number
Remember, this is supposed to go on the OUTSIDE of the envelope that I'm to mail back. Not that I'm dumb enough to actually use it, but this is what ticks me off. WHAT IF I had moved to a new address (and, God willing, I will this year)? A new resident of my apartment, having recieved this booklet, would have my complete name, address and social security number.
All they would have to do is apply for credit in my name and the DUMB CRAs would not check for fraud, as they'd just accept the old address as a new updated address.
I guess it's not enough for my state to wait for people to illegally open returns to get SS#'s. They don't want them to commit *that* extra crime, so why not eliminate that step and let them read it off the outside mailing label! DOY!!
Does your state do this?????
2. My state requires me to report "consumer tax" on purchases made outside of the state (i.e. mail order, internet, phone, etc...) in which I did not pay state sales tax.
I don't have a problem reporting the "consumer tax" but I have bought a LOT of things online, and I don't recall paying state retail tax on them. I don't know that I have the receipts for all of them now (though I could pull up CC statements).
How much at risk am I of being audited over this tax?
Do states have a minimum purchase dollar amount that has to be reported or d they want me to report sales tax onthe $2.50 CD that I bought from eBay?