because it is over here (May Day - long weekend - woop!) so I'm thinking of biting the bullet and phoning the IRS and finally getting my tax number (just got [i]another[/i] cheque with a wet bite taken out of it). With the time difference here in the UK we need to phone about midday and I've seen soooo many people say they've been kept waiting 30 minutes+ and I [i]don't[/i] think my boss would appreciate me swanning off to make that call in work time.
I did see today is a holiday--May the 4th be with you all!
Nope, no official holidays on Monday. And I totally get the whole time difference having to call at noontime thing. Have had some past inlaws across the pond, and also have had some friends out in California, where the difference is only three hours but when I'm ready to go to bed, they're just getting started.
It offends me too, greatly. But, when I lived in Canada, I tangled with the IRS when I did a lot of business in the US (NAFTA? What's that? Some Canadian thing?) - and there's no way I'm going through that again. No doubt I'm still on their computers, probably with a big red flag against my name. The 30% cut is the price I pay to stay below their radar.