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Thursday, February 2, 2006

IRS Uses Special Computer for Bill Gates' Tax Return

GatesBill Gates said yesterday at a Microsoft conference in Lisbon that IRS has to store his financial data on a special computer because his fortune is so vast:

"My tax return in the United States has to be kept on a special computer because their normal computers can't deal with the numbers. So I am constantly getting these notices telling me I haven't paid something when really it is just on the wrong computer. Then they will send me another notice telling me how bad they feel they that they sent me a notice that was a mistake."

See Too Much Money To Tax.  (Hat Tip: Slashdot.)

Update:  The Tax Foundation's Tax Policy Blog has more here.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2006/02/irs_uses_specia.html

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Comments

Yes, they use an Apple Macintosh, because non-of their Windows based computers works at all.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz | Feb 2, 2006 9:34:13 AM

Is the problem that his wealth exceeds the size of a 32-bit integer?

Posted by: Ted Alper | Feb 2, 2006 3:02:22 PM