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  1. Hey, Everybody, we're all good. Lots of hail but the tornadoes missed us! Thanks for checking!
    16 points
  2. I am probably not the only one who gets these calls, but this particular call has bothered me the most and I probably scared the potential client not to call again. Anyway this particular client called me at the beginning of the year and I always ask who referred you to me etc... but she didn’t want to tell me and finally gave me a name of someone I don’t know and told her we need to make an appointment. That was that, two days ago she calls back and starts asking me questions, stopped her in her tracks and asked who referred her to my office, again she gave me the around and asked why I n
    13 points
  3. I've never said, "If you have to ask, you can't afford me." but I'd like to do that once before I fully retire.
    13 points
  4. I had one come in unannounced in March telling me his friend TimeSuck sent him, informing me it's a real simple return, and what would you charge blah, blah, blah. Ok. Let's think about this. You have been referred by a friend, you pop in like I'm the walmarts with 23 registers, two of which are manned, and you are really going to kick my tires? I looked it over and quoted an extra 100 for being rude and dropping TheWrongName. No regrets.
    13 points
  5. I've had my share of 'em too but the best story I ever heard was third-hand (both parties are now deceased). In the early eighties I worked for an accountant who had once worked under a CPA in a nearby large town. My boss (an honest and truthful man) told me he was an actual witness to this scene: A regular customer, grouchy and notorious for his chronic complaining, came in to pick up his return. The CPA quoted a reasonable fee. The patron promptly threw a fit, let out a string of curses, and roundly chewed them out for all manner of excessive charges, slipshod work, along with many
    12 points
  6. My brother and I founded ATX and when we were searching for a name, there were over 200 professional tax companies at that time. Since we wanted to be the first company in a magazine review, our first requirement was that the name started with an "A". Also back in the day, "X" was a hot new way to name a company. And last but not least, all the the big companies were three initials--CCH, RIA, BNA, etc. And from here, ATX was born. Later, it was pointed out that ATX was an anagram of TAX so this became our official explanation as the first took too long to explain the real reason. Anyway, it's
    12 points
  7. Yes, people are calling to check in! If others are like me, I'm trying to answer questions about the shutdown, trying to decipher the new credits, picking away at the returns on hand, following the news, and worrying over family stuff. Plus, I just walked back in the door from picking up meds and shopping for us and for mom too. There was little traffic, light amount of shoppers that were still polite but not making eye contact, some actually making u-turns so as to not pass others in the aisle. Weird. Maybe I'll squeeze in some work today...maybe. I'm doing well myself, and as an in
    12 points
  8. I had someone call yesterday saying he owned three rental properties and he really wanted to do his own returns but wanted to know how much I would charge to teach him how to do the depreciation. Say what? I was less than kind in my response which is unlike me but it finally hit me at 4:30 p.m. that the reason I was so grumpy was because I forgot to drink my morning coffee.
    11 points
  9. The toughest thing for me is to NOT touch my face. I tend to lean on my hand, scratch my itchy eyes and nose (allergies), brush hair out of my eyes with my hand, and otherwise touch my face. I'm making a conscious effort to NOT touch my face, but it's very hard.
    11 points
  10. Thank you, I believe it's turning out to be much worse than we thought at daylight. A town 35 miles away lost at least 19. I was awakened at 2:30 by hail, and wondered if two baby calves would be ok. The entire herd came out of the woods at daylight. We are very fortunate and thankful.
    10 points
  11. My friend asked me what I saw myself doing tomorrow. I said that is a silly question. Do you think I have 2020 vision?
    10 points
  12. I gotta boogie out to ..family... So...To all you fine people...
    10 points
  13. Merry Christmas to all my friends here!
    10 points
  14. I appreciate all the well wishes. Feeling great now, continuing the weight loss (intentionally), and antibodies were very high on the first test. Already have my first appointment to donate Convalescent Plasma at the Red Cross on Aug 10. Will be able to donate every 28 days as I understand it. Maybe my antibodies will help someone else recover.
    9 points
  15. Throw some candy out the door, bake a turkey, wrap a gift and be done. Hallelujah. done.
    9 points
  16. Snitched from another group: Remember in January when we thought this was going to be a crazy tax year because they made more changes to Form 1040 and W4? If we only knew.......
    9 points
  17. Why would any of us want to retire now when things are just getting fun. But today I received in the mail a letter from the blockheads that they have flexible options and will even hire my staff. (my dog?) They will help reduce my fears and make goals of retirement a reality. I'm telling you, HRB has given me a significant amount of amending work over the years. Perhaps I will ask them to just keep me on as their fixer-upper preparer......
    9 points
  18. I get tips all the time! "Get a haircut" "Lose some weight" "Exercise more" I write them off!
    9 points
  19. Or, like the sign my younger daughter got me for my desk: "I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you."
    9 points
  20. to all my ATX brothers and sisters. Every since the filing date got moved to July 15th, I have been in vacation mode. Nobody's bringing stuff in, or wanting stuff done, but I do have a ton of work still to do. But I'm so unmotivated. And now every body and their brother is asking about the CARE laws - nooooo - I haven't studied it yet. It's too early for CPE....... I just want to stay in bed with the rest of my lazy family.
    9 points
  21. They really can be jerks. This is the client who gets the nice letter from me: "It's me, not you (it's you). My business is going in a new direction (away from you). Best wishes for your continued success (aggravating the next poor soul to death)."
    9 points
  22. If one more person....just one; comes in and starts in on what all's gonna happen; I swear I'll either overdose on a bottle of Germ-X or throw myself out the window (even if it is only a one-story building). (Not that I, myself, haven't already mentioned every possible dire consequence in the world 'til my other half finally told me to shut up.)
    9 points
  23. How about some good news. My 79 year old brother-in-law, who lives in Spain, came down with double pneumonia and the corona virus about 10 days ago. My wife spoke just spoke to him. Although, his voice is very weak, he is up and walking a little.
    9 points
  24. Ever since this started, I have wondered if Chaz, Janitor Bob's friend that stands on the corner and drinks warm Corona, has anything to do with it. I don't know about drinking corona warm - does that cause disease?
    9 points
  25. Right about now, we could all use 2 1/2 minutes of remembering how much fun we are having.
    9 points
  26. Killer tornado system (at least 5 dead) tracked between Monterey and Clarkrange Tennessee over the night. This is dangerously close to where Rita lives. We would like to hear from Rita to make sure she is O.K.
    9 points
  27. And that, my friends, is what we call "job security."
    9 points
  28. Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you everything you want!
    9 points
  29. Gotta wonder what that electric bill will be. Anyway Merry Christmas to all. Can I say that??
    9 points
  30. Outside of us dinosaurs, I wonder who still knows (or gets taught) that if the out-of-balance amount is divisible by 9 that somewhere two numbers are transposed in the different columns?
    8 points
  31. Well, God is really looking out for me. If only I would trust more and be less fearful. My client never received his initial refund (grace) because the IRS was missing those forms. After splitting the PTC with the daughter, they went from a refund of about $4k to owing $155. My client extended every grace and thanked me for getting him through this practically unscathed. I'm still pulling back on my business. My ration of errors to home runs is small, but it still makes my stomach hurt when they surface. I love y'all. Honestly, I do.
    8 points
  32. Well, I love you, too, and I didn't get the engagement with the tire kicker, which was the best part. I'm a terrible story teller.
    8 points
  33. @RitaBI love you so hard. LOL
    8 points
  34. This morning I would've left some school or church in central Appalachia in a van with another adult or college student plus five high school kids in a caravan with more than a dozen vans and meet up Sunday in CT with all 200+ people who just spent a week repairing homes. Appalachia Service Project is a relational ministry with a little home repair on the side! I miss it. My stepdaughter who brought me into ASP years ago with her next generation ASPer, son Everett:
    8 points
  35. Thank you all for the donations. I apologize for being such a slacker about responding to each of them individually. My work has increased considerably due to COVID-19, but I'm hoping to see that decrease a bit now that summer is arriving, which is usually my slow time. We'll see, though--everyone is looking for ways to do things online that had ordinarily been done in person before. Thank you all again! I hope you're all staying healthy and sane.
    8 points
  36. My son, still in college has a NY residence, is a teachers assistant in Indiana, worked summer of 2019 in Massachusetts, and in January 2019 he got paid for his unused PTO from summer of 2018 job in Arizona. A college kid had to file in 4 states. I enclosed a discounted invoice of $675. A few days later I got a text, "are you out of your friggen mind?". I responded with , oh good you got it, sending An invoice was a sure way to know he received it and cheaper than sending certified or UPS.
    8 points
  37. Phone rings yesterday. I pick up. I know, don't ask me why, but I did. What can I say? I don't have caller ID, and sometimes it's google, and I can just slam it back down. Retiree Caller: You know that stimulus payment? Me: (Thought Bubble: Just yes or no, Rita, yes or no.) Yes. RC: Is it taxable? Me: (TB: Don't adlib, Rita, yes or no.) No. RC: Is the interest [income it will earn in the bank CD I'm putting it in] taxable? Me: (TB: WTH do you think?? Are you kidding me right now?? Yes or no, yes or no, yes or no...focus...) Yes. God is
    8 points
  38. I had signed up for the NAEA message board, getting daily summaries, some time ago. I rarely look, and have never bothered to respond. Well, I responded to one and let me warn you all to stay away from that group! First off, any response seems to reset your daily summary to an email with every. bleeping. message. posted - and I could find no way to reset that (ended up unsubscribing completely). Then, the board seems to be full of full-of-themselves persnickety nit-pickers who have NO concept of taking facts and circumstances and doing the best you can do with the information at hand.
    8 points
  39. I have multiple lawyer friends / coworker arrangements and 15 minutes is pretty normal. You do a 2 minute call - bam $75 charged. I had a lawyer in my office on Monday late in the day and we talked about nothing for an hour. On Wednesday I ask if he was ever going to get me that folder of documents and he says he gave it to me Monday - that's why he was at my office. I tear up my office looking for this huge file - nope. I KNOW he didn't give it to me but he's sure he did. He looks everywhere in his home, office, car on Thursday and can't find it. It's got to be in my office. His
    8 points
  40. Judy...thanks for your candor. We're all in this together. This community, in many ways, is our extended "family" and we should be here for each other.
    8 points
  41. I am here. Does anyone else that works at home have to deal with everyone they know calling them, because they are home and bored? They are making me nuts. Nobody cares that I am BUSY. I miss my family and friends, but I don't have time to talk several times a day.
    8 points
  42. Anyone who doesn't want or need the money should make plans to use it to buy food, medicine, or necessaries for someone they know who is in need. That's what my wife and I are going to do. Targeted help directly to someone it can help, and no bureaucracy dragging a big chunk of it for administration. Anyone who doesn't know someone in need can always donate the full amount to a trusted church or charity for the same purposes. I've already posted a Facebook challenge to people on my friends list urging them to do this. Not for personal recognition, but to suggest a way to achieve a tan
    8 points
  43. I got my day off to such a good start today (not), when I went to compile a finished return, and the client’s original forms weren’t in her file. I always clip the originals with a green or blue paperclip, so they're obvious when I'm ready to mail everything back to them. This morning I started to compile, and the originals were nowhere to be found. 10 minutes of pure panic as I flipped through all my other open return files, and was thinking “OMG, what if I mailed them back to someone else??!” Finally I remembered - oh yeah, she was the one who came in super early and completely unpr
    8 points
  44. Had a client that swore up and down that their original documents were not in the envelope with the return. I looked all over , could not find them, and agreed to pay for a year of Life Lock to placate her. A couple weeks later I ran into her at a store and she tells me "Guess what, I found the documents. My husband had taken them out the envelope and filed them away." Never apologized or offered to re-pay me for the Life Lock. Next year I charged her double and had her sign a receipt when I returned everything to her. Didn't come back after that!
    8 points
  45. Maybe they should let the preparer's age also factor in to determine if the SR form is available.
    8 points
  46. I hid the card and gift under her morning workout clothes as she hits the home gym before I'm up, so she had a nice surprise. That evening we had a great dinner at Caffe Italia in Marblehead. I wanted to see the sunset but the extra glass of wine took precedence. Yes, she was thrilled and very happy, so was I. I knew you would ask so I took a couple of pictures of the Murano glass necklace and her shoes, she loves shoes.
    8 points
  47. The step child is still his step child, and the step grandchildren are still his step grandchildren: https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2014/06/23/step-kids-remain-step-kids-after-divorce/#82fc21271b04 A birth certificate just proves somebody was born. Your issue would be proving they lived with him for the proper amount of time. If you take this on (I might if he could convince me they did, and produce plenty of dated documents with their names, and his address - like school records, medical invoices, Forms 1095 B, etc.) here are two documents I'd read first: https:/
    8 points
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