Hopefully not off somewhere getting xeroxed. That’s because the newest culprit in Identity Theft is the digital photocopier — which comes equipped with a hard drive that stores your duplicated information in the same way your computer retains data.
Which isn’t really a big deal since Bossy is sure that all copy center employees are perfectly nice. But Bossy does want you to know that a recent survey found that 55% of you are minutes from copying your tax returns, and 25% of you will do so in public copy centers, and 54% of you have no clue that copy machines store your most personal banking information — so that’s like: 116,000% of you could be screwed!
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zmulls saysMarch 18, 2008 at 8:04 am
We totally foiled them by doing them in on-line forms this year, and printing our copies. And we know the web technicians at the website would never, ever retrieve our data improperly.
(Though, in past years we’ve done them on our PC with the appropriate software and just printed out copies in the privacy of our home….)
David saysMarch 18, 2008 at 8:26 am
I do all my personal copying at the office, like any good white collar criminal.
Avitable saysMarch 18, 2008 at 8:27 am
I mass produce my tax returns and hand them out to strangers, actually.
Kimberly C saysMarch 18, 2008 at 9:23 am
I didn’t know that at all. Creepy!
Noelle saysMarch 18, 2008 at 9:30 am
I’m just going to skip paying my taxes this year, then. I think that’s the only answer.
Momo Fali saysMarch 18, 2008 at 9:30 am
Bossy does math just like I do. Wrong.
soNOTcool saysMarch 18, 2008 at 10:06 am
Believe it or not, taxes are the one thing that I don’t procrastinate about because … Show me the money!
Tanya saysMarch 18, 2008 at 10:23 am
Mine are all here and accounted for 🙂
heart shaped hedges saysMarch 18, 2008 at 10:33 am
Very cute graphic.
I am happy to say that my taxes are done, and my tax refund is sitting in my bank account. I need to use it to pay my property taxes (they are freakily the same amount as my refund)…but I am sooo tempted to just go splurge on some fun stuff, like a vacation or something, and just not pay my taxes. But I wont, Im too much of a rule follower. 🙁
kristina saysMarch 18, 2008 at 10:42 am
Great! For the first time in our 14 year married life, hubs and I got our taxes done in time without having to file an extention and I was feeling all smug! Now our identity will probably be stolen from the freaks at Kinkos! Isn’t life great?
Tootsie Farklepants saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:06 am
This is just another reason why BOSSY’S reader Tootsie has a very expensive tax guy in a very swanky office.
Ok, Where Was I? saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:07 am
I wish someone would steal my identity and take care of a few things before I get it back. Off to make some copies….
whall saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:27 am
I remember getting our first big digital copire that was so good, it had a scanner that would detect if you were copying money, because evidently you could print some pretty convincing money if you used the right paper. When it saw something like money, it would log it, and periodically dial in and report it.
joeinvegas saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:35 am
I was wondering why that copy clerk had a new Cadilac outside.
Melanie at Beanpaste saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:45 am
Aaaah…tax time, that magical spring season when, suddenly, having a reliable, Fred-Mertz-esque, CPA father is both GLAMOROUS and DESIRABLE.
The Domestic Goddess saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:57 am
Taxes? The husband does that kinda stuff. I seriously haven’t had to think about it in fifteen years, and I LOVE IT. If I ever end up having to do it myself, I’ll pay a tax person. Cannot. Be. Bothered. My job is to shop.
Swistle saysMarch 18, 2008 at 11:59 am
Those pie charts! I am convinced!
magpie saysMarch 18, 2008 at 12:46 pm
I’m with David.
But, where’s my refund? Do you have it?
Foolery saysMarch 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Just got them signed and sent yesterday, as a matter of fact, by a nice jolly lady in a McTax office that advertises by paying a teenager to stand on the street dressed as the statue of liberty.
Should I be worried?
davido saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm
So like, I installed the tax program and all, but haven’t started. In other words, we’ll get our refund sometime before we die, maybe.
MamaMo saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm
OH MY!! I am, like, supposed to be thinking about taxes already?! Seems a little early, it’s not even April yet. (can you tell I’m a horrible procrastinator?)
p.s. Bossy has been funny for like eva’
Phoenix saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm
Yes, I know where peoples taxes are….in my dam office. 🙂
merlotmom saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm
Sooooo scary! Thanks for the info. Love your pix!
Jen M saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm
We do them online and cross our fingers that we won’t get audited. Tax time is a great test of my love of the Democratic Party.
Michael saysMarch 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm
I love Bossy math. It’s the best kind of math.
junebug saysMarch 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm
It never crossed my mind that copiers had hard drive memories. I have my own copier at home but I let my CPA do my taxes. We never get a refund so I always wait.
Greta saysMarch 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm
Bossy math is AWESOME math.
Manic Mommy saysMarch 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm
It must be true; Bossy has color pie charts.
greg t saysMarch 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Love the pie chatrs. Love the math. Love the Bossy. First time here….
Adorable Girlfriend saysMarch 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm
I totally knew that copier was diabolical. From the moment he called me over…
Mr Farty saysMarch 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm
Jamie saysMarch 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm
Good thing I’m unemployed.
HRH saysMarch 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm
They can have my tax info. I am just worried about those pictures of my butt…
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm
I pay someone to do my taxes because numbers scare me. Even Bossy Math is a bit intimidating, although the pie charts do have pretty colors.
I’ve tried paying someone to take my identity, but I’ve had no takers.
Angela saysMarch 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Oh holy shit. That is terrifying. Why does no one think of this??
Criquette saysMarch 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm
I tried to pay attention to the maths blah blah stuff, but the twirly circles kept distracting me.
Criquette saysMarch 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Also, Angela. Someone does think of this stuff. That’s why we all love Bossy!
Average Jane saysMarch 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm
Oh yeah, tax time. And to think I was planning on filing early this year…
Cheri saysMarch 19, 2008 at 2:16 am
Yo, who knew? Doesn’t matter to me. I’m so engrossed in thinking up dang NaBloPoMo lists that I won’t have time to do my taxes this year.
Fairly Odd Mother saysMarch 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm
What a good consumer advocate you are! I had no idea and have all my tax forms ready to be copied at (mass office supply store that has “staples” in its name). I think I’ll do it at the library which has the oldest, most broken down-looking copier—there is no way that baby has a computer in it. Either that, or I’ll mail my originals without making copies and just pray.
Kelley saysMarch 20, 2008 at 1:54 am
I thought like EVERYONE IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE had a 4 in one printer/copier thingy in their home?
Or is that just in Australia?
erin saysMarch 25, 2008 at 12:07 am
My husband did our taxes until a couple of years ago when he made a $7,000 mistake:o
Now we leave our taxes to the professionals.