Despite what people (me too) think or say, there are many honest people in the world.
When I was in business my “honest” accountant did his best to find every legal deduction he could.
I had a thriving business. I paid my taxes.
I was audited once and he told me he usually spends hours auditing businesses.
He left after about an hour.
“Mr. Markoff, you keep a good set of books.”
High praise from a government auditor.
A strange thing happened many years later when Betty and I went to the IRS office to check whether I owed more taxes.
The teller behind the counter shifted through a batch of papers and asked me to wait.
“I need to talk to my supervisor.”
I got worried.
I waited about 10 minutes wondering what was happening.
The teller came back with her supervisor.
“Mr. Markoff?” she asked.
She handed me a check for $3,500.
“What’s this for?” I asked.
“For overpayment of your taxes, Mr. Markoff, we don’t hand out many of these. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
We shook hands and she left.
I looked at the check, a standard government one.
Betty was waiting for me at the entrance of the IRS building.
“Betsy doll, let’s go to dinner.”
We had a most memorable evening.
It was a day to remember.
(July 23, 2021)