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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. Whose woods these are I think I know, His house is in the vilage though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go
    13 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 12 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Well, I decided to come out of retirement and will be doing some contract work for another firm on a very part-time basis. Retirement is great. You can pick and choose what you want to do. Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all again.
    11 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. One reason that everyone is so down right now is that we just got through the tax season that never ended. We couldn't do much in April because we were too busy taking calls about the stimulus payment and business loans. July was just like the usual April. Immediately after it was time for extensions, and October was just like April. Then it was time for CE. In between there were many more calls from clients who needed help with loans, retirement distributions, new W4s that are incomprehensible, and on and on. We never got a break, and for those who took a few days off there was no trave
    10 points
  14. I sure hope they give us a new file-by deadline as well. This year, I will be notifying all my out of town clients that they need to find a local preparer. I'll also tell my larger (Sch C) businesses to look for someone else. I am walking toward the sign that says "reTIRED." It will be a slow walk, and I'll keep my small, easy local clients. But I'm so tired. This business isn't fun anymore. They can blame the pandemic all day long, but it ain't the pandemic. The IRS has been beating us up for a long time. Congress doesn't move in time for anything. Nobody does their job anymo
    10 points
  15. I missed most of the week leading up to the holiday and our first tiny live tree in years, but did finally have a nice Christmas after all. The previous Friday evening I started with a high fever of 103.5+ that Tylenol wasn't touching. I was isolated and alone in a spare bedroom and bathroom the whole week and worried the whole time of what I had and what illness I'd exposed my mom and husband to. The exception to my quarantine was for a Covid test on Tuesday afternoon where my husband and I drove in separate cars. Christmas Eve I got the best prezzie, a negative test result! My husb
    10 points
  16. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Ye on this Board!
    10 points
  17. Aren't we being a little too harsh on the beleaguered IRS? The virus shut them down at the worst possible time (must be one of Murphy's laws). Unlike most of us, their employees can't just take home a box of unopened mail containing sensitive taxpayer data to work on there. At one time they had several lots the size of football fields of tractor trailers filled with mail, so they are making progress. At the same time they had to get out a zillion economic stimulus payments. Then they must have had a hundred zillion phone calls about it (a few zillion more than we had). Then there wer
    10 points
  18. I hope you all are safe and healthy. Remember the famous quote. "Don't Worry--Be Happy"
    10 points
  19. 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
  20. Since I am 74 now with several health issues I deal with every day, I find all the whining and complaining from all of you 60 year old youngsters highly amusing
    9 points
  21. Here's to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021!
    9 points
  22. Awww, thanks, BB, and hey, my friends, I'm here! 75 miles from Nashville, and hoping 2021 walks in with a smile, sits down, and doesn't touch anything.
    9 points
  23. Since today is December 24th, I will wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Next week, I'll send wishes for 2021. We'll keep the two separate.
    9 points
  24. 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
  25. Throw some candy out the door, bake a turkey, wrap a gift and be done. Hallelujah. done.
    9 points
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. I get tips all the time! "Get a haircut" "Lose some weight" "Exercise more" I write them off!
    9 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Right about now, we could all use 2 1/2 minutes of remembering how much fun we are having.
    9 points
  36. 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
  37. And that, my friends, is what we call "job security."
    9 points
  38. One day when I was feeling blue, someone said to me, "Cheer up, things could be worse!" So I cheered up, and sure enough, things did get worse!
    8 points
  39. 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
  40. @RitaBI love you so hard. LOL
    8 points
  41. I'm not feeling particularly whiny about it, but the only downside is that I don't feel that 'post tax season' relief/freedom that I usually feel. Because I have work in the office, I still feel like I need to spend weekends/evenings preparing returns. On another note, did anyone else get behind on returns that would usually be out of your office by 15 April as a result of providing countless hours of support/assistance to people applying for PPP/EIDL loans, self-employed unemployment, or just trying to run various cashflow scenarios, or am I the only slacker? I hope everyone is doi
    8 points
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. I have some clients who are jerks. Oops, that's a typo. I have some former clients who are jerks.
    8 points
  47. 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
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