It seems I've waited until the last possible minute to call the IRS and chat about this money they think I owe them. After talking to a few friends in real estate, I'm under the impression that there's no point in arguing over the ridiculously arbitrary "penalty" and "interest" calculations, as the IRS doesn't yield when it comes to that sort of thing. (Hey, I wouldn't yield either if I were some free-rein government agency that spends far more money collecting taxes than I could ever hope to bring in.)
However, I'm still open to suggestions on negotiating this insane bill. Has anyone ever actually done it without filing a successful OIC? And as I understand it, they very rarely grant OICs, which is why Roni Deutch is such a racket.
Really, I'm just curious to hear others' experiences with the IRS. We self-employed business owners always have the best stories, like my friend who received a letter requesting over $30,000 in owed taxes. He called the 1-800 number, said "sure thing, lemme just write you folks a check," then laughed until tears and hung up the phone.
Apparently, I have to call them by the end of today or they start moving decimal points.