Remember a couple of days ago (in this blog item) I mentioned that the IRS will be sending out letters to
Now we're finding out what that information will cost us: nearly
At 32 cents to print, process and mail each
letter, the exact cost is
And that's just for the first round of mailings, scheduled to start next week. Another batch is planned for end of the month for folks who didn't file tax returns last year but might be eligible for a rebate.
As expected, the notification process and price has become political.
"There are countless better uses for
The director of the president's National Economic Council, Keith Hennessey, contends the mailings are needed to prevent confusion.
"You want to get the information out so that you have as few people as possible confused about what's happening, they understand what's coming, and it reduces the number of incoming requests that IRS and Treasury have to figure out how to deal with it," said Hennessey.
No estimate yet on what the cost will be to deliver the rebate checks themselves.