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> The technology dates to the 1970s — though this particular machine was updated in the ’90s to make it Y2K-compliant. The company that once manufactured SCAMPS no longer exists; when the machine breaks down, an IRS employee fabricates replacement parts on-site. “Only one guy knows how to fix the thing,” says John Desselle, a mailroom department manager.

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@pixouls this is wild 😵‍💫! but on the other hand... I'm always impressed by the staying power of things like ✨super old programs✨ written in COBOL.

@pixouls the amount of parallax images on this is absurdly annoying. Why cant wapo just have a normal website.

@pixouls why do they still accept paper? Indeed, why are tax returns a thing in North America. Everywhere else I've lived, you get an assessment that says "Hey, we think you owe this amount; let us know if we're wrong".

Also, I love the fact that the 1864 Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return is available as a PDF: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040--1864.pdf

@scruss @pixouls Not sure if there is a direct connection but some people are reallly invested in the tax system there being as obtuse as possible. One example is companies who make big bucks by selling financial software that helps people fill out their tax forms. They got some bills passed that made it *illegal* for (some?) states to provide such software freely.
Absolutely wild and another reason I'm glad I don't live there.

@scruss you never know, someone might have forgotten to file their taxes that year

You definitely don't want to know what goes on at your local power plant then.
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