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  1. I'm 81 and didn't do tax returns this year. I am still doing some payroll and sales tax and a little bookkeeping. I quit doing income tax because my mind is just not functioning as well as it used to and I was beginning to have trouble keeping up with the changes in the tax law. I just felt that it wasn't fair to my clients to continue doing tax returns. I just gave my tax business to a friend that saved my business for me when I had a massive heart attack nine years ago. Another big factor that caused me to quit taxes was that I am having more and more trouble getting my computers to do what they are supposed to do. I used to be able to work with DOS without any problem, but windows is getting to be more and more of a problem for me now. My mind is slowing down and computers are getting more complex. I believe God intended for us to work for as long as we are able but to be able to recognize when it is time to slow down, but even then we should stay as active as we are able to.
  2. I remember reading years ago that Queen Elizabeth in England gets paid by our government for not growing cotton on land she owns in Louisiana. At least we aren't giving her food stamps. (I hope)
  3. I remember the 8" floppies. The firm I worked for at the time had three computers that used those. You would enter the information into the computer and it would take 20 minutes for the computer to process it and print out a report.
  4. Years ago when I was single, I dated a woman and she mentioned the death of her former husband and I asked her what he died from. After a pause she said, "I shot him." Turned out it was a very abusive situation and it was an act of self defense.
  5. To be honest though, I am beginning to get a little hungry.
  6. I just have to say that I am enjoying this tax season. So far I have prepared my return and my granddaughter's. I came into the office this morning at 9:30. I am still doing sales tax and payroll and a little bookkeeping. Semi-retirement is nice. I guess I really shouldn't post this, but I am. Rita may hug me.
  7. Thanks everyone. I think I will do as Judy suggested. The transcript will show who his employers were doing the year and my son can write to them ask for another copy. I was going to send a request to the IRS for a copy of the return including W2s and 1099s which costs $50.00, but after rereading the instructions, it appears that a return has to be filed first.
  8. I have a client that repairs boats and motors. He tried to deduct expenses for a trip to Gatlinburg, TN as a business expenses. He said he left business cards at some of the businesses there. I guess some people would travel 300 miles to have their boat repaired. I remember some restaurants there had business cards displayed at the cashier's counter but didn't notice the locations of the business. It may be that each card represented someone that claimed business expense for their trip to Gatlinburg. I didn't think to leave my card there. Oh well, maybe next time.
  9. This year I have quit preparing income tax returns. At age 80 I realize that my mind is not as good as it used to be and I don't feel that it is fair to my clients to prepare tax returns. I am still doing a little bookkeeping, payroll, and sales tax. I will still be doing a few free tax returns for my children and grandchildren through the IRS free file. I do have a question. My son lost all his tax information for 2015 in his car that caught fire and everything in it including his tax information was lost. He is a union employee and works for multiple employers. He can't remember who all he worked for that year and the IRS transcript doesn't show state withholding. Would it be kosher to show withholding as amount owed and let the state send a refund or a bill for balance owed? Opinions appreciated.
  10. I know what EA stands for but I don't believe I have ever seen the other designations. Well, I have seen A+ a couple of times during my lifetime on test papers but I'm not sure if it means the same thing here.
  11. I bet tax preparers in Ohio make a lot of money.
  12. If the kitchen equipment is in the building, looks to me like the building is already in use. Does he have to be serving customers in the dining room to be "in business?"
  13. Thanks Elrod. I knew my computer had a battery but had no idea where to look for it or how to replace it. I also didn't know what kind of problem it caused when it needed to be replaced. Thanks again.
  14. I have been wearing hearing aids for about 20 years now. They help but are not like the original hearing. Reminds me of a joke. Two old men were playing golf and one said, "it sure is windy today." The other thought for a moment and said, "no .. today is Thursday." The first replied, "yeah, I'm thirsty too. Let's stop at the club house and get a beer." That is pretty much the way it is when you are hard of hearing.
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