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Memories of the IRS office in downtown Brooklyn, NY


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Thursday, December 27th 2018:

Nearly fifty six years ago, in the bitterly cold winter of 1963, I found myself taking the Brighton Beach subway line to the IRS office in downtown Brooklyn. I don't remember the exact street that it was on, but I think that I may have gotten off the train at Atlantic Avenue. I had worked at a part time summer job, the previous year, and after filing my return, I noticed that it had to be amended. In any event, it was my first experience in using that office. When I came there, the place was packed. In those days, there were no personal computers, where someone could download a specific tax form. I don't recall if we had to pick a number in order to be called upon. In any event, while I was waiting, there was an older woman there, who must have been close to eighty years old. She very politely asked an IRS employee, the following:
"Young man, may I ask you a question". His nasty response, which is as clear as day, after so many years was "Lady, I can't help you with nothing". He didn't even give her the opportunity to ask him a specific question. She was shocked by his response, and I was quite surprised. In any event, shortly afterwards, another IRS employee helped me fill out my amended return. I'm glad that I was waited on by a different individual. I was thus curious to know, if any other members of the Brooklyn Board, had ever utilized the service of the downtown Brooklyn IRS office?

Reference ID: BK95669



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