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ESL 331: The Tax Charge


ESL 331: The Tax Charge


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The envelope had the words "Internal Revenue Service" printed on the outside. Oh no, Vaughn thought, this could be bad news. It was bad news. IRS had determined that Vaughn owed $963, plus $88 interest, from two years ago. They had disallowed a deduction for two reasons. One, his adjusted gross income that year was more than $40,000, and two, he was covered by an employer retirement plan. Therefore, said IRS, he was not allowed the deduction he had taken for his individual retirement account.

IRS sent him six pages of explanations and instructions. IRS included a returnable form with an "Agree" box and a "Disagree" box. If he checked Agree, he must pay the full amount. If he checked Disagree, he must send documentation supporting the reasons for his disagreement. If his documentation was correct, he would owe nothing.

He called the IRS 800 number just to make sure he had read the instructions correctly. An agent told him to simply send a check with the full amount whether he agreed or disagreed. If he disagreed but his documentation was correct, IRS would return the full amount of his check within eight weeks.

"Don't believe that agent. For now, just send them the documentation," advised Vaughn's brother later that day. "Make IRS wait for the money. It's your money, not theirs."

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*Vocabulary:

• adjust:
• agent:
• deduction:
• documentation:
• envelope:
• explanation:
• gross:
• individual:
• internal:
• retirement:
• revenue:
• tax:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Were the words "Internal Revenue Service" on the envelope?

• Did Vaughn think it could be bad news?

• Did the government owe him $963, plus interest?

• Had IRS allowed a deduction?

• Did IRS send him 6 pages of explanations and instructions?

• Did the form have an Agree box, a Disagree box, and an I Don't Know box?

• Did he call the IRS 800 number?

• Did an agent tell him to send a check for half the amount?

• Would IRS return his check if his documentation was correct?

• Did his brother tell him to send the check immediately?

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*Fill in blanks:

The envelope had the words “Internal Revenue Service” ____ on the outside. Oh no, Vaughn thought, this ____ be bad news. It was bad news. IRS ____ determined that Vaughn owed $963, plus $88 interest, ____ two years ago. They had disallowed a deduction ____ two reasons. One, his adjusted gross income that ____ was more than $40,000, and two, he was ____ by an employer retirement plan. Therefore, said IRS, ____ was not allowed the deduction he had taken ____ his individual retirement account.

IRS sent him six ____ of explanations and instructions. IRS included a returnable ____ with an "Agree" box and a "Disagree" box. ____ he checked Agree, he must pay the full ____ . If he checked Disagree, he must send documentation ____ the reasons for his disagreement. If his documentation ____ correct, he would owe nothing.

He called the ____ 800 number just to make sure he had ____ the instructions correctly. An agent told him to ____ send a check with the full amount whether ____ agreed or disagreed. If he disagreed but his ____ was correct, IRS would return the full amount ____ his check within eight weeks.

“Don’t believe that ____ . For now, just send them the documentation,” advised ____ 's brother later that day. “Make IRS wait for ____ money. It’s your money, not theirs.”

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 331: The Tax Charge

*Vocabulary:


• adjust: điều chỉnh
• agent: đại lý
• deduction: cắt trừ
• documentation: văn bản
• envelope: phong bì
• explanation: giải thích
• gross: gộp
• individual: cá nhân
• internal: nội bộ
• retirement: nghỉ hưu
• revenue: lợi tức, doanh thu
• tax: thuế

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Were the words "Internal Revenue Service" on the envelope? Yes

• Did Vaughn think it could be bad news? Yes

• Did the government owe him $963, plus interest? No

• Had IRS allowed a deduction? No

• Did IRS send him 6 pages of explanations and instructions? Yes

• Did the form have an Agree box, a Disagree box, and an I Don't Know box? No

• Did he call the IRS 800 number? Yes

• Did an agent tell him to send a check for half the amount? No

• Would IRS return his check if his documentation was correct? Yes

• Did his brother tell him to send the check immediately?
No

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*Fill in blanks:

The envelope had the words “Internal Revenue Service” __printed__ on the outside. Oh no, Vaughn thought, this __could__ be bad news. It was bad news. IRS __had__ determined that Vaughn owed $963, plus $88 interest, __from__ two years ago. They had disallowed a deduction __for__ two reasons. One, his adjusted gross income that __year__ was more than $40,000, and two, he was __covered__ by an employer retirement plan. Therefore, said IRS, __he__ was not allowed the deduction he had taken __for__ his individual retirement account.

IRS sent him six __pages__ of explanations and instructions. IRS included a returnable __form__ with an "Agree" box and a "Disagree" box. __If__ he checked Agree, he must pay the full ____amount__ . If he checked Disagree, he must send documentation ____supporting__ the reasons for his disagreement. If his documentation _was___ correct, he would owe nothing.

He called the __IRS__ 800 number just to make sure he had __read__ the instructions correctly. An agent told him to ____simply__ send a check with the full amount whether __he__ agreed or disagreed. If he disagreed but his ____documentation__ was correct, IRS would return the full amount __of__ his check within eight weeks.

“Don’t believe that ____agent__ . For now, just send them the documentation,” advised ____Vaugh__ 's brother later that day. “Make IRS wait for __the__ money. It’s your money, not theirs.”

==========================================================

*Translate into Vietnamese:

Tiền phạt thuế

Chiếc phong bì có chữ "Dịch vụ thu nhập nội bộ" được in phía bên ngoài. Oh, không, Vaughn nghĩ thầm, đó có thể là tin xấu. Đúng là tin xấu. IRS đã xác định là Vaughn nợ $963, cộng $88 tiền lãi, từ hai năm trước. Họ đã không cho miễn trừ vì hai lý do. Thứ nhất, điều chỉnh thu nhập gộp của anh năm đó hơn $40,000, và thứ hai, anh được bảo trợ bởi chương trình nghỉ hưu. Do đó, IRS nói, anh không được phép giảm trừ mà anh đã nhận trong tài khoản nghỉ hưu cá nhân của anh.

IRS gửi cho anh sáu trang giải thích và hướng dẫn. IRS kèm theo một bảng gửi lại với một ô "Đồng ý" và "Không đồng ý". Nếu đánh dấu Đồng ý, anh phải trả toàn bộ. Nếu đánh dấu không đồng ý, anh phải gửi chứng từ giải thích lý do không đồng ý của anh. Nếu chứng từ của nah đúng, anh không nợ gì cả.

Anh gọi IRS số 800 để đảm bảo anh đọc hướng dẫn đúng. Một đại diện bảo anh cứ gửi check đủ toàn bộ tiền dù đồng ý hay không. Nếu anh không đồng ý nhưng chứng từ đúng, IRS sẽ trả tiền lại toàn bộ trong vòng tám tuần.

"Đừng tin người đại diện đó. Bây giờ, chỉ gửi họ chứng từ," anh của Vaughn khuyên sau đó. "Hãy để IRS chờ tiền. Đây là tiền của em, không phải của họ."

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. 3.The Yardman
. 4.Grab Your Umbrellas
. 5.Shopping for Bargains
. 6.Horses to Ride
. 7.A Shower Injury
. 8.Pete's Sharp Knife
. 9.A Good Sandwich
. 10.Sara's Upset Stomach
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. 12.Laundry Day
. 13.A Noisy Neighbor
. 14.The New Realtor
. 15.The Fire Alarm
. 16.Eddie's Short Visit
. 17.Carbon Monoxide
. 18.A Visit to Asia
. 19.School Boys
. 20.The Loose Button
. 21.The Pile of Paper
. 22.Brushing and Flossing
. 23.Raising the Kids
. 24.A Clean Toilet Bowl
. 25.A Love Letter
. 26.A Bird Attacks
. 27.A Daytime Robbery
. 28.Trick or Treat
. 29.The Motorcycle Rider
. 30.Spock Saves His Dad
. 31.Provider Overbills Customer
. 32.The Breakup
. 33.Famous Model Dies
. 34.Shopping Carts Everywhere
. 35.Four Slit Throats
. 36.Does Garlic Mean Garlic?
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. 38.Towns Hit by Snowstorms
. 39.Another Jealous Girlfriend
. 40.She Loves Her Son
. 41.The Doctor’s Exam
. 42.Hospitals Can Make You Sick
. 43.English Is So Hard
. 44.Hollywood Stars and Tourists
. 45.GEICO’s TV Lizard
. 46.Law and Order in LA
. 47.Destruction of Iraq
. 48.Have You Seen This Man?
. 49.LA Traffic Report
. 50.LA Radio News


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. 52.Her First Driving Accident
. 53.You’re Not a Good Principal
. 54.I’ve Got You Covered
. 55.Paris Goes to Jail in LA
. 56.A Year with No TV
. 57.Let’s Buy Some Paint
. 58.I Need Water for My Clients
. 59.Putting Bunny to Sleep
. 60.Where Is That Darn Battery?
. 61.If You Really Love Me…
. 62.The Wedding Gift (1)
. 63.The Wedding Gift (2)
. 64.Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes?
. 65.No Place Like an Open House
. 66."We Could Have All Died!"
. 67.It’s the Thought that Counts
. 68.Who Ordered the Scallops?
. 69.You’re Not My Daddy
. 70.Let He Who Is Without Sin…
. 71.Shopping at the 99 Cents Store
. 72.Betting Big in Vegas
. 73.Priced to Sell!
. 74.The Handyman Comes
. 75.A Woman Has Needs
. 76.A Hot Day and a Cool Pool
. 77.Up, Up, and Away
. 78.Man's Best Friend
. 79.Six Feet Under
. 80.An Unhappy Worker
. 81.Why the Sky Is Brown
. 82.It’s a Small World
. 83.Suspicious Shoppers
. 84.Death Is Part of Life
. 85.Tagger Shoots Woman
. 86.Crime on the Rise
. 87.Too Soft on Crime
. 88.Pluto Chases Kid
. 89.In Harm’s Way
. 90."Semper Buy"
. 91.A Little Respect, Please
. 92.A Dream from Beyond-1
. 93.A Dream from Beyond-2
. 94.A Trip to Egypt
. 95.No Doughnuts for Old Folks
. 96.It’s Just Business
. 97.A Walk in the Wild
. 98.Elvis Is Alive and Well
. 99.Bad Weed, Bad Call
. 100.Shark Attack


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. 102.Interstate Bridge Collapses
. 103.Stop Selling Those Bunnies
. 104.Actor Tries to Kill Himself
. 105.US Senator Says He’s not Gay
. 106.E.Coli Is Everywhere
. 107.Influenza
. 108.The Hospital Orderly-1
. 109.The Hospital Orderly-2
. 110.Flower Power
. 111.Dog Inherits Millions
. 112.Man Holds Staff Hostage
. 113.Young Boy Defends Sister
. 114.Remember Me?
. 115.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 116.Sail Around the World
. 117.New Dog-Barking Law
. 118.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-1
. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
. 120.Cleaning a Dirty Plate
. 121.Her Driving Lesson
. 122.Hurricane Dean
. 123.Adventurer Disappears
. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
. 125.The Lovely Banana
. 126.Smells like Chicken
. 127.The Wedding-1
. 128.The Wedding-2
. 129.The Waiter
. 130.Your Country Thanks You
. 131.D.B.Cooper Lives On-1
. 132.D.B.Cooper Lives On-2
. 133.I’m No Alcoholic!
. 134.48 Homes Burn Down-1
. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
. 136.Drought Attacks Georgia
. 137.A Bad MRI Experience
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. 139.Body in a Barrel-2
. 140.Red Meat, Gray Water
. 141.All Bite, No Bark
. 142.Tiger Kills Two Men-1
. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
. 146.The Argument-1
. 147.The Argument-2
. 148.The Toilet Tank-1
. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
. 150.Santa Was Molested




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. 152.Police Arrest Fire-Starters
. 153.Get out of "Jail"-1
. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
. 155.New Year Celebrations
. 156.$50K to Waitress-1
. 157.$50K to Waitress-2
. 158.Who Needs School?
. 159.Black Friday
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. 161.Don’t Top Off the Tanks
. 162.The Clapper
. 163.Tuberculosis Still Kills
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. 165.Ham and Eggplant
. 166.A Hole in Her Ear-1
. 167.A Hole in Her Ear-2
. 168.The Drugs Keep Coming
. 169.Missing Husband-1
. 170.Missing Husband-2
. 171.Don’t Get Mad-Get Even
. 172.The Christmas Gift-1
. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
. 174.The Haircut-1
. 175.The Haircut-2
. 176.The Robbery at the Mall-1
. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
. 178.The Driving Lesson-1
. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
. 180.The Move to Georgia-1
. 181.The Move to Georgia-2
. 182.I’ll Get a Job in a Restaurant
. 183.A Cleaner River-1
. 184.A Cleaner River-2
. 185.The Spitter
. 186.Kill Those Flies-1
. 187.Kill Those Flies-2
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. 189.The Oil Change-2
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. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
. 197.Man Invents Toilet for Cars
. 198.Monkeys Cause Man’s Death
. 199.The Light Eater-1
. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 205.Jerry Decided To Buy a Gun
. 206.Freeway Chase
. 207.Better To Be Unlucky
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. 214.Water Under the Sink-2
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. 222.Hit-and-Run Charge
. 223.Gasoline Prices Hit Record High
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. 225.Crazy Housing Prices
. 226.Happy and Unhappy Renters
. 227.Pulling Out Nine Tons of Trash
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. 229.Rentals at the Oceanside
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. 237.Bathtub Blues
. 238.Blood Drive at Civic Center
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. 242.Immigration Goes Online
. 243.Jimmy Fixes His Door
. 244.Needs a New Air-Conditioner
. 245.Man Gets 12 Years for Fraud
. 246.Man Shoots Up Post Office
. 247.Murals Are Over 200 Years Old
. 248.Pier Collapses
. 249.Cameras in Police Cars
. 250.A School Girl Sues Her School


. 251.SUV Driver Sends Officer Flying
. 252.Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool
. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
. 255.Fishing for Girls
. 256.Shot Next to Christmas Tree
. 257.Stabbed Outside Nightclub
. 258.Fishing Boat Sinks
. 259.The Mysterious Carport Stain
. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
. 262.Eat Your Vegetables
. 263.Honk if You're in a Hurry
. 264.The Man Who Loved Women
. 265.How to Get out of Jury Duty
. 266.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 267.Female Seeks Mature Male
. 268.Let’s Go Fishing
. 269.Train Wreck “Frees” Cows
. 270.Valuable Guitar Found
. 271.Stepmother Kills Herself
. 272.Beautiful Teacher Smiles
. 273.Are Criminals Taking Over LA?
. 274.Police Arrest Happy Van Driver
. 275.Say Your Prayers
. 276.The Final Phone Call
. 277.Almost Perfect Children
. 278.There Goes the Neighborhood!
. 279.Let’s Go to Vegas!
. 280.Squirrel Attacks Woman
. 281.To Save His Baby
. 282.English Is Confusing
. 283.Pump Up the Tires
. 284.Don’t Go Swimming
. 285.The Park That Went to the Dogs
. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
. 287.Golf Like a Girl
. 288.Take Me Out to the Ball Game
. 289.Take This Job and Shove It
. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
. 291.When You’ve Got Your Health
. 292.That ‘New Car’ Smell
. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
. 295.It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
. 296.Five-Finger Discount on Candy
. 297.Collecting Seashells
. 298.At the Store Entrance
. 299.We Will See the World
. 300.Get Me a Caffe Latte




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. 302.The Slow Computer-2
. 303.The Careful Reader
. 304.Avoid the Flu
. 305.Magician Attracts Women
. 306.US Border Patrol
. 307.Car Shopping in California
. 308.Happy Anniversary
. 309.“Read All about It!”
. 310.A Factory Worker
. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
. 314.Weekly Driving Lessons-1
. 315.Weekly Driving Lessons-2
. 316.Laundry Day-1
. 317.Laundry Day-2
. 318.The Bargain CD Set-1
. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
. 321.The New Clothes-1
. 322.The New Clothes-2
. 323.Food as Punishment
. 324.US Passports Outsourced
. 325.The Demanding Son
. 326.A Practical Joke
. 327.The Dead Pedestrian
. 328.Bad News, Good News
. 329.The Cluster Balloonist
. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
. 332.The Fire in the Hills-1
. 333.The Fire in the Hills-2
. 334.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-1
. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
. 337.The Rental Car-2
. 338.The Marathon Cheater
. 339.School Bus Crashes
. 340.Don’t Take My Property
. 341.New Law for Taco Trucks
. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
. 344.Shut Your Mouth
. 345.TSA’s New Policy-1
. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
. 348.Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
. 349.Impolite to His Brother
. 350.Protecting the Public
. 351.Malibu to License Paparazzi
. 352.I'm Moving to NY
. 353.The Heart Attack-1
. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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