Too rich for the IRS' blood

Bill Gates' taxes are apparently too complex for the IRS.

The Microsoft chairman told a group of reporters at a press conference in Lisbon that the tax agency needs special computers to handle his returns "because their normal computers can't deal with the numbers," according to a report by the Agence France-Presse news wire.

"So I am constantly getting these notices telling me I haven't paid something when really it is just on the wrong computer," the wire quoted Gates as saying. "Then they will send me another notice telling me how bad they feel they that they sent me a notice that was a mistake."

Gates' fortune is estimated at $51 billion, and he regularly tops Forbes' list of the wealthiest individuals in the United States. Last year, he earned a salary of $1 million from Microsoft.

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