Thursday, June 25, 2020

This may be the first sign

Sure, it looks like a simple bureaucratic slip-up, but can you be certain it isn't indicative of a more insidious situation?
The Internal Revenue Service issued about 1.1 million economic stimulus payments worth $1.4 billion to people who have recently died, which largely went to their next of kin.
I'm just saying the fact that people are dead doesn't mean they aren't economically active.

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Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 25, 2020 12:46 PM  

It's a blatant political payoff. If they vote, why shouldn't they get the money?

Blogger Stilicho June 25, 2020 12:50 PM  

Any plans to do this comic in print as well?

Blogger tdcommenter June 25, 2020 12:53 PM  

Those checks Will be traded in for post-dollar hemas. I for one will welcome our future mohawked, highly literate, sheep-flayer overlord.

Blogger Rek. June 25, 2020 12:53 PM  

Really liking the vibe of Midnight's war.

Blogger Barbarossa June 25, 2020 12:56 PM  

Heck, in Chicago, being dead isn't even a bar to being politically active. Vote early, vote often.

Blogger Rick June 25, 2020 1:05 PM  

Schrödinger's cat gut 2 checks

Blogger Shimshon June 25, 2020 1:09 PM  

The Boomers. We really did go to the moon, and somehow they figured out how to claim tax credits after death. Is there anything they can't do?

Blogger #7139 June 25, 2020 1:17 PM  

Dead people have bills to pay too, ya know.

Blogger Cinco June 25, 2020 1:31 PM  

Epstein wins again!

Blogger [Redacted] June 25, 2020 1:32 PM  

1.4 Billion would pay for an Egyptian Pyramid. The IRS is so wasteful and corrupt that it is hemorrhaging megastructures and it barely registers as news.

Blogger szook June 25, 2020 1:33 PM  

Hey, Dem's alive enough to get a check...dey's alive enough to get a vote

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 25, 2020 1:35 PM  

My grandmother who passed away last fall got one. Apparently it said "deceased" somewhere on it, so it was clear it wasn't a mistake. I figured they wanted to get the money out there so people could spend it, and starting with last year's tax filers was easy. At least doing it that way left out illegals, though I'm sure it opened up possibilities for abuse.

Blogger Warunicorn June 25, 2020 1:36 PM  

Ahh, bureaucratic idiocy, what *would* we do without you?

OT: The Dixie Chicks are now just calling themselves...The Chicks. I was thinking "The Cucks" would work too.

I honestly didn't think we were in a time of mass psychosis, but here we are.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 25, 2020 1:39 PM  

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Blogger Steve Samson June 25, 2020 1:51 PM  

Thanks for the reminder, I haven't read Midnight's War yet.

Blogger Shane Bradman June 25, 2020 1:55 PM  

My company got $15k back from being overcharged on tax. Think of how much that adds up since they're intentionally stealing money from everyone until they can't get away with it anymore.

Blogger Sam Spade June 25, 2020 2:08 PM  

Congratulations on Midnight's War release. I liked it a lot.

This would be the best book vampire series ever. Goat skin on the outside and blood deflation essays inside.

Blogger Salt June 25, 2020 2:21 PM  

They're composting.

Blogger turk187 June 25, 2020 2:25 PM  

My mother got one with my Grandmothers name. The envelope literally said "deceased" on it. We sent it back.

Blogger Daniel June 25, 2020 2:38 PM  

Voters must be kept happy, even if they literally can't breathe.

Blogger Daniel June 25, 2020 2:41 PM  

The Chicks are sexist. Cis-transcapons?

Blogger CostelloM June 25, 2020 2:44 PM  

They're just preparing for the November voting roles ... where they all were vote Democrat.

Blogger CostelloM June 25, 2020 2:45 PM  

And in other news if all they have to do is press "RETURN" on the computer why should taxes be paid at all? Why can't the US just print 5-15 Trillion for next year.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( i'm not shocked Bubba Wallace got outsmarted by a garage door ) June 25, 2020 3:25 PM  

I'm just saying the fact that people are dead doesn't mean they aren't economically active.

no kidding. i know several people settling estates right now.

dying generates ALL KINDS of "economic activity" for lawyers and courts and taxing authorities.

Blogger Amigo June 25, 2020 3:27 PM  

I don't understand why they don't act quickly to get it back. My father died on the last day of the month and his social security payment and pension payment came into his bank account the next day. Those payments got reversed within a week as soon as his death certificate was shared in some sort of national database.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( i'm not shocked Bubba Wallace got outsmarted by a garage door ) June 25, 2020 3:28 PM  

can't figure out if that looks more like Doc Bright's work or Timothy Vigil.

Blogger Brett baker June 25, 2020 3:33 PM  

4+ trillion budget,this is literally a rounding error.

Blogger ZhukovG June 25, 2020 3:40 PM  

We need to be sensitive to the needs of the 'Vitally Challenged'.

Blogger rognuald June 25, 2020 3:40 PM  

First Corona Chan, then BLM, and now vampires. 2020 sucks.

Blogger TechieDude June 25, 2020 4:09 PM  

The did zero needs analysis. Maybe if they tied it to unemployment, I'd be OK. While I'm happy to get gubmint cheese, Me and the wife are empty nesters with decent incomes. We didn't need the money, nor does anyone in our neighborhood. from what I see they are spending it on mexicans to built fences and replant lawns.

Blogger Kraemer June 25, 2020 6:37 PM  

Are vampires a good excuse to wear giant crucifixes all the time?

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 25, 2020 7:12 PM  

The dead vote too.

Blogger Chris June 25, 2020 7:36 PM  

Since the payments were based on their 2018 or 2019 taxes then there will be those who receive the dead spouse's stimulus. There are also others who will not be getting a stimulus until they file their 2020 taxes. The 2020 filing will reconcile those who got too much and those who who did not get any. Many may be paying bak as a result.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel June 26, 2020 12:14 AM  

Here is the thing with the IRS and payments. The IRS is (still) collection agency, not a disbursement agency and that matters when you talk about having effective accounting controls.

By way of example: Until the so called "Earned Income Tax Credit" (think of it as the unearned income free gift) came along, the IRS would never have had to check for fraudulent duplicate SSN's or sock-puppet addresses, because nobody wanted to file twice.

Fast forward a few years and with the advent of electronic filing, this becomes a huge problem. Both the General Accountability Office (GAO), the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and the Taxpayer Advocate Service have issued numerous reports and audits citing the IRS for failing to reduce improper payments. It is always cited as "high risk" and the IRS continues to make billions of dollars of improper payments in this and other programs.

I think I remember reading about one notorious incident where something like 20 thousand payments were issued to a single address in Atlanta.

It would be no surprise if there was a problem. There's about 2.8 million deaths annually in the U.S., so 1.1 million errors means they missed about the last five months. I wonder if Social Security is this screwed up, despite the fact funeral directors notify the SSA of deaths.

This is of course, the same IRS that of course had Lois Lerner on staff.

Blogger Bearable Pain June 26, 2020 4:43 AM  

I bet Bin Laden even got a check...

Blogger phil g June 26, 2020 7:09 AM  

So yea I can't imagine any problems with mail in ballots.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 26, 2020 8:13 AM  

I wonder if Social Security is this screwed up,

Social Security seems pretty on top of it. My grandmother's SS deposited stopped instantly when she died, and I think they even took the last one back, as someone mentioned above.

As I said earlier, I don't think this was a mistake. The point was to get a bunch of money into the hands of normal people who would spend it, to counter the deflationary impact of unemployment. (That was the point for the good guys; I'm sure the bad guys stuck as much graft into it as possible.) So giving some of it to the heirs of the recently deceased didn't hurt. It all spends.

So far, it seems to be working. I assume debt deflation will accelerate at some point because it was already coming. But it's been a few months, and we still haven't seen the pandemic-induced downward spiral that everyone assumed was imminent when so many people couldn't work.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 26, 2020 9:13 AM  

Voting booths in red states now to open till after midnight.

Blogger Akulkis June 26, 2020 4:41 PM  

>> My mother got one with my Grandmothers name. The envelope literally said "deceased" on it. We sent it back.

Do you think your enemies did the same?
You're an idiot.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 26, 2020 5:33 PM  

You're an idiot.

Yeah, we should be past the point of being too good to grab a piece of the pie for our people like all the other tribes are doing. Everyone has to make his own choice about applying for gibs, which feels wrong for a lot of us. But when they're effectively dropping cash out of helicopters, why refuse what fell in your yard?

People do know that giving stimulus checks to taxpayers was President Trump's idea, right? Congress probably would have come up with a bailout for Wall Street or something they could steer to their own constituents through community organizations, but he got out in front of them with direct cash payments to Americans.

Blogger Scour the Shire June 26, 2020 5:50 PM  

In a year increasingly likely to prompt a full-scale tax-revolt, the IRS is anxious to receive everyone's updated bank account routing information.

--Anybody who's cashed one of these who isn't on an internal "white-list" of made-mob will eventually regret it.

Blogger Akulkis June 26, 2020 8:26 PM  

>> In a year increasingly likely to prompt a full-scale tax-revolt, the IRS is anxious to receive everyone's updated bank account routing information.

So open another account, and move direct deposit of your wages or salary, etc. to that account.

You can be something other than a victim to everything.

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