Why I failed to pay my taxes

A story about terrible software and bad local government contracts

Ben Werdmuller

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It turns out that Cheltenham Township, the municipality where I live across the northern Philadelphia border, incurs an extra earned income tax on top of the state and federal taxes that I’m used to paying. This would have been fine if I’d had any idea that such a tax existed, or if it had been automatically deducted from my payroll (everyone I got a paycheck from in 2022 used Justworks), or if Turbotax had let me know that this was something I needed to do. As it turned…

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Ben Werdmuller

Writer: of code, fiction, and strategy. Trying to work for social good.