There is one thing we all love to bitch about the world over – taxes!
However… I just gotta say… the taxation system in India takes a certain kind of mettle, a patient and calm acceptance of the absurd as the norm, a heaping helping of humour and more!
Some may have followed my earlier follies… for those that haven’t… I have 5 tax years of refunds ‘adjusted’ against an amount the government thinks I owe it from 2009 whereas the reality is the reverse!
And this isn’t just me having a bad case of wishful thinking… This is verified with documentation proving all taxes duly paid with a refund due – including supporting evidence from the government’s own website – which paradoxically is denied despite irrefutable proof after four rectification cases.
Did I mention it defies all logic?? Accountability?? Reason???!
And the efforts to resolve have been going on for years! Not just one or two years… since 2009!
What has me excited today is my 2015 tax return was processed and this time… drum roll… they are actually giving me my refund!
And they note that there is a pending case however have elected to not ‘adjust’ this refund. Could this possibly mean they are sorta tacitly admitting they have goofed up??
Even better – I not only have the notice about my 2015 refund – I even have the money in my account?!
I have never been so excited to see $42 deposited into my bank account – ever!!
Let me chalk this up to a belated Diwali divine intervention and Thanksgiving thanks!
Does it mean the original issue is resolved? No.
Does it mean I still need to get them to fix it? Yes.
And fix the ‘adjustments’ from the other years? Yes.
But am I just blubberingly grateful that finally this year my refund was not linked to the earlier issue? Yes! Yes! Yeeeeeeessssssssssssss!!!!!!
- Will it be ‘smooth sailing’ or more vexing tax troubles?
- The taxman cometh
- The government owes me money!