I want to talk about the serious matter of daily life. All of us have to enter mazes of paper and sometimes we get frustrated. Most of us have been to the DMV or other office and the lines are enough to drive us batty.
The fisrt thing one should do is resist the temptation to be obnoxious. Most of the time if you act like a jerk the paper pusher will find a way to pay you back. Most of the people who push paper do forget they are in the customer service business. However, if you take a profesional attitude it goes a long way. What do I need to do to fix this.
The next thing is do not lie as the consequences are very serious if one gets caught.
Paper pushers do not like getting lied to and then they go into Dick Tracy mode. It is much better to be honest and ask what you need to do to fix the problem. Most of the times the penalties for being untruthful are draconian, but they are there for a reason.
In complicated matters seek profesional help. Professionals are there for a reason and do not use just anyone. Do not attempt to be your own lawyer or accountant on serious issues. The reality is that poorly prepared forms are a waste of your time
and could cost you more to fix.
Dealing with paper pusher can tax one's nerves, but lashing out, saving nickels and not telling the truth makes matters far worse.