Published Apr 18, 2016If you need further evidence that giant music festivals are for squares, take note of this year's Coachella. While previous editions have been marred by drug overdoses and cultural appropriation, this year's fest had a different problem — too many people were trying to file their taxes from its makeshift post office.
A report from the San Jose Mercury News opens with an extremely surreal sentence: "Coachella campers, please stop trying to send in your tax returns through the Coachella campground's post office."
It turns out that the festival grounds in Indio, CA, have set up a makeshift mail stand where attendees can mail merchandise home and send postcards to friends.
Megan Hampton, the woman who operates the stand, said it's not a reliable method to file your tax returns because it's not actually a post office — it's more of an intermediary between the festival grounds and a local post office.
"No, I can't 'just take it,'" Hampton said of the IRS forms that American taxpayers are bombarding her with. "How do they have their taxes here? I don't know."
Hampton added that at least 10 Coachella attendees tried to file their taxes on the first day of the fest.
Coachella returns next weekend, from April 22 to 24. If organizers were smart, they'd set up a temporary H&R Block on the festival grounds.