A tale of woe that is the annual tax return

Oh, make the hurting stop! Just one simple example; a tiny, innocent looking fragment out of the tax form EÜR (Einnahmenüberschussrechnung nach § 4 Abs. 3 EStG für das Kalenderjahr 2009):

a snippet out of the EÜR-form which is pure madness

Line 5 asks if I closed my business or sold it in 2009. A question that has to be answered with yes or no. Entering a 1 into the field means yes, leaving it empty means no (or so I guess).

Line 6 asks if I sold real estate in 2009. A question that has to be answered with yes or no. Entering a 1 into the field means yes, entering 2 means no.

What the …?

Those lines are adjacent, and the geniuses who designed the form (I bet it was a large committee) weren’t able to come up with a consistent way of how to answer a simple yes/no question?

You’ll probably not be surprised how the rest of the form works out. And it is just one form of many.

Oh, make the hurting stop!

[This post intentionally put into the category "Randomness".]

About Daniel Tiggemann

Software-developer living in Cologne, Germany. Was once a physicist, specialized in computer simulations and parallel programming. Now more into JavaScript, web frontend development, and especially mobile computing.
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