Thursday, January 12, 2006

absurdity of the day

Like a good anal-retentive rule-follower, I was perusing the irs.gov site today in preparation for doing my taxes. I downloaded the pdf of the instructions for good old Form 1040, as, this being my first year filing jointly and thus having to deal with mortgage interest and such, I'm used to the simpler forms 1040-A and 1040-EZ. Anyhoo, the very first page of the instruction booklet begins with a section entitled "What's New". This includes some information about deductions you can take related to loss caused by Hurricane Katrina, for charitable donations made in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, and other logical items.

Then, I noticed this bullet point:
Certain whaling captains may be able to clain a charitable deduction for whale hunting expenses. See Gifts to Charity on page A-6 for more details.
WTF, IRS? W. T. F.??

1 comment:

Lever said...

What? Whaling is hardly fucking charitable is it? I mean what charity would you write your expenses off against - The American Humane Society?

Grrr, that's so stupid!