Some People Tried To File Their Taxes From Coachella Post Office
Coachella is a magical land filled with music, sunshine and flower crowns. With all of that magic, it wouldn't be too farfetched to think that even real life problems might just disappear. Most of them might get lost from consciousness for three days, but if you bring your taxes to Coachella they are sticking with you for all of Coachella because the post office doesn't handle those requests.
According to the festival's quasi postmaster general Megan Hampton, there were at least 10 people on the first day that tried to mail their taxes to the IRS from Coachella.
"No, I can't 'just take it'," Hampton said to the Orange County Register. "How do they have their taxes here? I don't know."
There are all sorts of things wrong with this. Yes it is known that Coachella has a "post office," but it is really just an intermediary between other official post offices that actually mail things. For example a couple dropped off their wedding invitations for the novelty of having Coachella written on the paper.
"Someone dropped off wedding invitations last year that were already stamped," Hampton said. "They wanted it to say Coachella on it."
That is already risky, but bringing your official W9s, 1099s and other forms that contain crucial identity information to Coachella just doesn't seem like an idea that should leave the house, let alone get in the car or all the way to Indio. The opportunities to have that info stolen or lost are too many, especially since the post office doesn't deal with that.
It may seem cool to mail your taxes from Coachella, but it also seems like a great way to get audited.