Re: Tax "Rebate" Checks
I have heard a rumor that you are planning to send out tax rebate check later this year. I would like to request that you keep mine and put it towards the absurd tax check that we will be sending to the IRS later this Spring, thus saving our government the cost of printing and postage of my rebate check.
I would also like to suggest a better name for the program. "Rebate" makes it sound like I'm sending in a proof of purchase and getting reimbursed a portion of the purchase price. Perhaps a more accurate term would be "tax advance," since the last time you did this you expected me to pay it back to you the following April. I have never had anyone else ask for their rebate back a year later.
I understand that your intention in sending me this check is for me to turn around and spend it, thus boosting the economy. Perhaps a better approach would be to send the check directly to Best Buy, as I do not plan on taking it there myself. I plan to boost my personal economy by using it either towards my mortgage payoff or, shockingly, the ridiculous tax estimates we will be making each quarter for the next year. Again, it would be simpler to just credit our account internally.
This may be a good time to consider the cause of the economic slowdown and the fact that it might not be a bad thing. It was rampant over-spending, much on credit, that inflated the economy to begin with. It may be time to encourage people to SAVE rather than SPEND in order to build a stronger long term economy. Just something to think about.
P.S. If you have to give us "rebates" on our taxes every few years to boost the economy, perhaps you should consider taking less from us to begin with. Again, just a suggestion.
(I'll get down off the soapbox now, I've been bouncing up and down on it for a week already and my feet are getting tired.)