Some people complain about the inefficiency of government, other people complain about the inefficiency of working for a big company. I’ve been spending hours dealing with the nexus of both of these time wasters in getting my income taxes together before the April deadline.
Last year, I spent more than 20 hours on the phone trying to straighten out what day I left MegaCorp the year before. My last day was April Fool’s Day (4/1), but they marked me down as 3/31. That seems small, but it resulted in a lot of work to solve, or I had to pay an ObamaCare penalty (remember those?). In our case, that would have been several thousand dollars. The most disappointing thing was that they didn’t even understand the problem that they created!
Flash forward to this year and I am now trying to get a W-2 from my earlier MegaCorp (that I am actually an early retiree from). I need it to file our taxes because it has tax withholding from stock options we exercised last year. They said they sent one, but we didn’t get it. I’ve bounced back-and-forth between the MegaCorp HR department and their third-party administrator.
Unfortunately, the only way to get one now is to USPS mail them a form (with a $10 personal check) and wait for them to send a new one through snail mail. The form states that they will not “e-mail, fax, or have it available for download.” Hello, 1990s!
These experiences certainly remind me of the bureaucratic nonsense that I left behind!
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What corporate or government administration frustration have you dealt with recently?
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