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  1. 14 points
    Since no one responded to the thread for the week of 3/24-3/30, I hope you all like my decision to make @Eric an Honorary Aficionado for putting up with us (probably mostly me bugging him at times), and I'm also awarding him a crown of golden laurels for keeping this forum up and running for the last 11 years. Thank you, Eric! If anyone that has benefitted from this forum has not yet donated to Eric, please consider doing that to help keep the site up and running. If you consider the time another member here may have saved you by providing answers not easily found in other reference materials or sites, or if this site has helped make your season a little easier or more profitable, I think you'll agree that a donation isn't too much to ask.
  2. 12 points
    I'm actually not new - I've been reading this forum for years. At the end of every tax season I swear I'm going to join and donate and tell all of you how you helped me get through the last few months. Then I'm too tired. We're all tired. So that's not a good excuse anymore. I've done taxes for 32? years. On my own for approximately 28 of them and the hardest part has been not having anyone to bounce things off of. Well. That's not entirely true. The hardest part is the fools who walk through my door who make me wonder how they managed to find their way from their house to my office......... My biggest challenge this year was a client who I've had since day one. Two family rental totally gutted in a fire. Okay. What does this mean? How do I report? What is the impact? Involuntary conversion, right? Wait. Is there a casualty loss? OMG! Oddly enough - Bulldog Tom (who beat himself up for missing something on a return) gave me the answer in a post from 2015. Bless you Tom. And know that last year I finished a partnership return on 4/17 and forgot to e-file it. Yeah. Totally forgot to hit "send." At least the extension was filed on time and it was "only" two months late. I still suck as a preparer and I ate the penalty. Tom and all of you keep me sane. You make me laugh. You make me feel like I'm not alone. My sincerest appreciation
  3. 12 points
    I've never understood why they put those "Deer Crossing" signs along the road where they do. Too many deer get hit there. They should move the signs to a safer place.
  4. 12 points
    Ok, I didn't, but I've seen that statement out of pros, and I just want to say: I cannot do 16 returns on a Saturday with the door locked if I manage to pick up the info for my only 16 clients who brought all their $%^&. I hope those people mean "my assistant and I," because even with a wine per diem, I can only make eight returns look like ten.
  5. 12 points
    Not that I won't be here tomorrow working. But there was a time when the kids were young that I would leave early on Good Friday and we would do eggs and make things on Easter Saturday and visit the bunny. At least this year I have promised not to work on Easter Sunday. May the bunny fill your basket full of extensions!
  6. 12 points
    Just dropped in to lighten a moment of your stress....Good luck and happy return's to you all....
  7. 11 points
  8. 11 points
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2015/04/05/ten-days-until-tax-day-how-to-tell-inconsiderate-clients-youll-be-extending-their-returns/#3e7153702aea Dear _________, I heard you stopped by the office today at noon. Sorry I didn’t get to see you; lately I’ve been spending my lunch hour in the parking lot, sitting in my car and quietly weeping. Judging by the disorganized pile of unopened envelopes and food-stained receipts on my desk that alerted me to your visit, it looks like you dropped off your tax information. How sweet of you! But here’s the thing. It’s April ____th APRIL _____th!! The tax deadline is in less than ten days. And you know this. You’ve always known this. Because unlike Thanksgiving, Easter, and Arbor Day, tax day is always on the same exact day of the year: April 15th. Well, except when it falls on a weekend, in which case it might be the 16th or 17th, but you get the idea. Yet, despite presumably possessing the ability to comprehend the standard Gregorian calendar, here you are, dropping off all of your information mere days before the deadline -- just as you did last year, and the year before that -- and leaving me a Post-It note thanking me for “squeezing you in.” Only I won’t be squeezing you in. It’s nothing personal, it’s ju….OK, maybe it is a little personal. I have to know -- why are you dropping your stuff off now? I could understand if you were waiting for a K-1 or some other information from a third party that just arrived in the mail, but that’s not the case. You’re a W-2-mortgage interest-charitable contribution kinda’ guy, and you’ve always been that way. Yet, simple as that sounds, you can never manage to get your information to me before the calendar turns to April. And that’s freakin’ rude. Squeeze you in? When, exactly, would you like me to squeeze you in? Last week I worked ___ hours, and I still have ______ returns to get out the door before April 15th. And every single one of those _____ returns is in the queue ahead of you, because those people had the good sense -- nay, the decency -- to bring me their information BEFORE THIS WEEK. So by asking me to squeeze you in, you’re basically saying, “Hey, I know the next ten days of your life are going to be pure hell, but do me a favor…when you mercifully reach the end of the months-long pile of returns you’ve had to complete, just knock mine out real quick.” It's as if I was asked to run a marathon, only to have you show up with 100 meters left and move the finish line back another mile. And for that, I hope you c0ntract a raging case of pinworms. Come to think of it, actually, it would be a refreshing change if you conceded that you were at the end of my list. Because if memory serves me, every year you drop off your information on the 5th or 6th, and then start calling on the 7th to find out “how things are coming.” Well, this year, let me tell you in advance “how things are coming.” Since tax season started, I’ve put on _______ pounds. I haven’t seen my kids during daylight hours since _______. My neighbor just told me that the Fed Ex guy's/Avon lady’s car is often parked outside my house for hours at a time, but whenever I get home, I’ve got no packages/cosmetics but one helluva happy wife/husband. THAT’S how things are coming. So no, I won’t be “squeezing you in” before April 15th, because that’s a physical impossibility. The only time during the day when I’m not sleeping or preparing a tax return is on my drive to and from work, and careening off the road while trying to prepare your return at 70 mph is not how I intend to die. Although to be honest, right about now the idea of eternal rest sounds pretty damn appetizing. In short, I’ll be filing an extension for your return. See you in May/hell. Sincerely,
  9. 11 points
  10. 11 points
    Just got a 1098-T with detail showing qualified tuition and all payments made. A great way to start the day! Thank you Wesleyan University! You get it! (But you could add totals next time, just sayin'.)
  11. 11 points
    Hi everyone! I'm sort of new to this forum. Joined last year, but haven't participated. I mostly lurk around between the wee hours of the morning and the quiet time after dinner when I herd the last clients out the office door. I don't really remember how I found this place, but I am glad that I have. You've all provided me with help (I find a lot of answers here to supplement my own research - so thank you! ) and humor (because we all need it this time of year), and I'm grateful for that. 3 more weeks! And then we can have our lives back. At the very least, we can sleep while it's still evening.
  12. 11 points
    My first thought was that this preparer turns out a lot of incorrect returns. He claims this is his average day. My last thought is that he turns out a lot of incorrect returns. Yesterday I managed to do six returns and talk to eight people in eleven hours, just me. Word, @ILLMAS. I had a fun conversation with a client about SNL and "Land Shark!" (He yelled that coming in the door.} He said SNL made more sense when he smoked marijuana. Also listened to a precious friend talk for one hour about the stress her family is under going thru a very terrible, terrible messy thing. I vacuumed the waiting area. Dishes are still in the kitchen area, but I'll get them today. My life is so good. I'll stick to it.
  13. 11 points
    The snip below is a life or death story of taxes (yeah, right!) that is too funny and simply must be included here to put @rfassett in the running for a star. Ron is another long time member that always give great advice and doesn't post often enough. I remember one of Ron's other life or death stories of how his wife gave him a very thoughtful gift that had a very strong magnet in it right after having a pacemaker installed! This is Ron's latest post from the RitaB's topic "Come again?" that you can vote for here:
  14. 11 points
    I can't stop laughing. Guy says he desperately needs me to save his life by doing one year of bookkeeping and his tax return. Me: Well, I would love to save your life after tax season, so bring in last year's return, I'll get you an extension and you can pay at least as much as last year's liability now, which will put you on a respirator, but you'll survive. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. You won't be sorry. I pay everything thru my bank account except for the stuff I pay by cash. I'm pretty organized.
  15. 11 points
    I'd like to thank the Academy --- oh, wait, wrong group. You guys all mean SO MUCH MORE to me than any hollyweird bozo ever could! Thank you! (I got a star, I got a star.... oh I am just tickled pink!)
  16. 11 points
    I hired a part time reparer a couple of weeks ago. I had to leave earlier than her yesterday so I explained that the front door lock was just a button in the knob and she would be able to lock it and still leave and have it locked behind her. She thought I meant the door to my office not the main door to the whole office. She locked my door with the key safely tucked away in my desk. I have spent half the day trying to take the door off it's hinges so I could get back into my office.
  17. 11 points
    And this week's winner is ... Catherine!
  18. 11 points
    while looking through Pub 525 for something unrelated, I read this: Stolen property. If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner. I would live to know if anyone here has ever had occasion to include this on a return!
  19. 11 points
    I know we're deep into tax season so pardon the diversion, but I'll share one of my favorite pics from the past couple of weeks. And yes, we did hike all the way to the top & back down.
  20. 11 points
    Caller: "I just have a few quick questions." Me: "Oh good, I have a special rate for quick questions. The answer to the first one is free. After that there's a charge." Caller: "How much is the charge?" Me: "$100 each. What's your next question?"
  21. 10 points
    Wow, maybe she's BAAAAACK! Won't she get the same response if she files paper? Still, that seems like the only option. File and pay, then carry your risen self to the SS office and scream "HALLELUJAH!"
  22. 10 points
    so in our spare time, we milk -well my husband and a few crew - I gave it up this year - milk sheep! And to our recipe/formula, a creamery in WI makes the cheese with cultures from his business - Chr Hansen, We make Ewemazing, Lacey Lamb and when it ages we call it Lovely Lamb as the "lace" goes away The World Cheese Championship contest judging was held yesterday and today - and we won in our class!!! whooo eee ! a nice continental flavor, mellow,snacking considered hard cheese like a cheddar type but all white - like sheeps' milk - rich, creamy - yum Now to sell it all!! Taking orders!
  23. 10 points
    I recently met with my broker, and he had me sign a form that I had not seen before. Basically, what this form does is designate someone that the broker can contact if he thinks that I am losing it and need help managing my affairs. Perhaps tax preparers need a form similar to this that we can have our clients tell us who to call when we think they have lost their minds. I don't know who will hold a form telling our clients who to call when they think we have lost our minds - or if they could tell since most of them have never met me when I wasn't on the crazy end of the spectrum.
  24. 10 points
    Opened one of my return mailers early this morning and found this, it fits all of you. I guess I can't raise her fee this year. I Love my Tax Guy (Gal) He's such a peach Whenever I need him He's always in reach He gives me wise counsel His rate is so fair He even forgives me If I happen to swear
  25. 10 points
    Vote here for @RitaB as I am nominating her for a star because of her announcement last Friday in the "ATX client letters" topic that she is willing to play host to a bunch of you this coming June 23rd. Rita, you are a treasure, always willing to help and always with good humor.