WASHINGTON -- At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail.
The Internal Revenue Service is spending the money on letters to alert taxpayers to expect rebate checks as part of the economic stimulus plan.
The notices are going out this month to an estimated 130 million households who filed returns for the 2006 tax year, at a cost $41.8 million, IRS spokesman John Lipold confirmed.
I'm sorry -- did I miss something? We have an extra $42 million sitting around for postage?
Keith Hennessey, director of the president's National Economic Council, said the letters are being sent to explain how the tax rebates will work.
Here's an idea: how about the letter goes with the tax rebate. You know, use one stamp instead of two.
At a time when most of us are desperately trying to find ways to tighten our belts wherever we can, this display of waste is just truly unbelievable. Rome had Nero fiddling. We have George Bush dancing. Good lord.