>> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: My Dear God! Don't those fools _ever_
>>> grow weary of sending out this crap day after day? Of all the
>>> banks and other financial institutions I have seen fall victim to
>>> these scams, this is the first time I have ever seen it tried on the
>>> good old IRS. PAT]
>> This one has been going on for a couple of years, the IRS issued a
>> warning a few weeks ago about this again. Plus the IRS refunds are in
>> even amount no cents, these guys are really fools, but they do get hooks
>> in some new users.
> IRS refunds are in even amount, no cents? I don't think I've ever had
> one like that in the last 30 years or so. (The smallest one was
> $1.60). Some of this may have to do with whether you round off to
> even dollars in preparing your return, which usually seems to work in
> favor of the IRS.
> Gordon L. Burditt
You're kidding, right?
EVERY dollar amount on a 1040 form can be rounded, with amounts ending in .49 or less rounded DOWN, and amounts ending in 0.50 or more rounded UP. As with flipping a coin, while YOU might encounter a "run" where for the last three years you had to round UP, the odds are just as likely that you would round DOWN.