I had a couple days at home after getting all the machinery inside for the winter, so I decided to get a jump on the books. With a fresh pencil and a Christmas radio station on, I jumped in with a pretty good attitude, for me.
Perhaps it took less time this year because the numbers were so much smaller than the last couple years. Whatever the reason, I finished up in pretty good time.
So off to the Federal Building in Fargo to get forms for my old electric typewriter. They had a stack of W-2 and W-3 forms but none of the other ones I needed. Could it be I am so far ahead my government isn’t ready for me? After punching in a code and cooling my heels for a time, a lady came out to tell me they weren’t going to have those forms anymore. So much for my pretty-good attitude. She responded to my polite inquiry that, yes, I still needed to file them and they might be available at Office Max.
Of all the things the government seems unable to get done, I guess we can add printing 1099s to the list.
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Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.