So I got a letter in the mail from the IRS the other day. That's never a good thing to come home to. It was a "first contact, warning" letter about my tax return from last April. "Ugh," I said to myself. You see, I filed electronically using the online version of TurboTax. Apparently, they didn't receive form FUPB-5 of my return. The consequences of not sending a new FUPB-5 within 10 days of receiving the warning were clear: "great harm to you and your descendents through this life and any other you may believe in." I clearly remember sending them my properly completed FUPB-5 last April. "Harassment!," I screamed in my kitchen!

After I calmed down, I thought, "thank humankind for the web. I can go to my trusted web application and download the completed form." I chipperly connected to the Internet. I forthrightly surfed to TurboTax. Horror: "You can no longer access or modify your 1999 return with TurboTax for the Web. If you need a printed copy of your return, please contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040." Expletives streamed forth. They scared the cat.

I inadvertently enlisted skp's help at this point. We went to the IRS website and downloaded some forms. So on a chilly night in November, I re-did my taxes, on paper, to be able to fill out the required form. I only hope I can get it to them in time.