Well, judging from the replies thus far, I feel it's ok to leave this thread here. I do feel for ya, Chris, as these snafus can get very costly. My ladyfriend only recently was able to finally discharge past IRS mistakes (her ex had signed her name to a business loan that she didn't know about until way after the divorce). It's a good thing I learned some things helping out my dad (he's a IRS/CPA certified tax practitioner) and was able to legally increase her refund by several thousand dollars. She actually got back a small refund for 2000, roughly $300..but the debt was clear. She doesn't mind filing early now, since she knows I can get her between 3500-4200 back.
I know the IRS, as part of the Treasury Department, is needed to finance and fund government, even though government should be non-profit (no surplus/debt at end of fiscal year). What boggles my mind is how illegal this monumental bureaucracy started out. It was intended to be a temporary measure so the Treas Dept could actually get the millionaire class to pay their tarriff and luxury taxes on things we now take for granted, like automobiles, electricity, telephones, and ice-boxes. Side note: did you know we still have a luxury tax on telephone service? And in 1914 (correct me if I'm wrong), a Bill was presented to Congress. Only two states showed up, the rest abstaining since they didn't agree with it. So, with far less than the 2/3 majority vote from all state reps to make this Bill into Law, somehow it got pushed through, becoming the institution we all know and loathe.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin