Yeah, pretty cheeky, eh?
Seriously, old habits die hard. This is something I have done over the last number of years since the IRS regrettably ceased mailing me the tax form booklet upon which I had relied for so long.
As I wrote up thread, I’m well aware many folks today rely on internet-related means of one sort or another to assist in filing their taxes. Else they hire the job out. I have made a lot of money, in the past not recently, from knowing the tax law doing my own taxes forced me to learn. I suppose the internet actually did assist me in that regard, but in terms of facilitating tax law research, not the filing of my return. There was this one great Revenue Ruling that . . . . uh . . . . well, perhaps a story for another time.
Now insofar as the shutdown goes, I sensed scant impact. The person taking my order was measured, thorough, and courteous. And the long wait merely indicated a great many other folks were needing to access the service at the same time as myself. However, as I wrote up thread, that will be my last telephone call to request IRS forms, schedules, and instruction booklets. It’s easier and far quicker today to order them online.