We got a notice from the IRS saying we owed a considerable amount of money. It should be noted we did our taxes Feb. 4, and the so-called error was discovered a week later. They waited until Saturday, April 4 to notify us, no doubt hoping we were unprepared to find all of the needed documentation or time to contest it.
I knew this because there's a place you can go to find out the status of your refund. (Hat tip to my friend Annie for telling me about this site.)
One entire day was spent trying to find someone at the IRS who could tell us what we needed to do to correct it, believing our tax preparer somehow had made a mistake. He was adamant he hadn't messed up. The IRS reps were just as sure they hadn't either.
Yesterday my husband, with some legwork by our daughter, finally got someone at the IRS to very reluctantly right the wrong -- their wrong.
So I celebrated this tiny victory but major cash saver the only way I knew how: I signed up for a 5k.