Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pet Peeve #2: Canadian Income Tax Forms

I'm entering T5 information into my online income tax software, trying to figure out what boxes to enter. Problem is, according to the Income Tax software, "Boxes 24, 26, 10 and 12 do not need to be entered." O-K. Then why aren't they shaded-out or something?

Worse, the boxes appear on the CCRA (Canada's IRS) form in the following left-to-right sequence: 24-25-26-13-18-10-11-12-21-22-23.

What's up with that?

I'm sure there's a rational reason for all this, still, it makes for a very haphazard and inefficient data-entry experience.

Multiply by maybe 10 million hapless taxpayers and preparers, and it translates into a lot of wasted productivity.

That's why I'm calling it a pet peeve.

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"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"