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  1. It happened to me on the first couple of returns - went to fixed assets and the screen froze - couldn't move the cursor - nothing - couldn't even click on "shut down". I hit Ctrl, Alt, Delete and shut down. Went back in; same thing. Repeated the shut down, went back in, and it fixed itself. Don't know what was happening, but have done several returns since and had no problems. When the screen was frozen, there was a message on the screen saying this was part of ATX's "Enhanced Asset Depreciation" (think that was the title) and to "see your representative" to participate. I think th
  2. I've gotta amend this piece of that last post. About that movie on Netflix that they're carryin' on about so much (yeah; that one); well I haven't actually seen it but they played a few clips on the news and I was so flabbergasted that I'm cancellin' my subscription. And here's where this turns into a non-(N/T) question: I don't actually have a subscription to Netflix, but my tech-savvy granddaughter who lives off from here does and somehow I'm gettin' the movies on her card, code, cosmos, or whatever. Is there a deduction (AR allows schedule A) in there somewhere for sacrificing for "
  3. Dear Abby (and friends), I appreciate your comment and would indeed write more (I do enjoy it very much), but it seems to me that a steady diet of crackerbarrel humor and southern cornbread tends to become a tad overdone and stale PDQ (as you know, some tax pros want non-tax posts eliminated entirely). I'll continue to contribute occasionally though. We certainly could USE some humor nowadays, couldn't we? Saw that divorces are up sharply among newlyweds (must not have suffered from as many slings and arrows of past events as this old bunch - I'm trudging through a fifty-something
  4. I swear, if that outfit calls me one more time I'm gonna, gonna, ....hmmm.... uh... answer it I guess. They've lightened up lately - no more than three calls daily instead of the previously normal six. Since they already own everything in internet-land (and probably a telephone company or two to boot), I don't suppose there's any chance of them runnin' out of cash any time in the next century or so. At first they were calling on the up-and-up (ID said "out of region"); that didn't work so they bought up all our local three-digit prefix numbers so I'd think it might be a legit local customer
  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
  6. Gosh, I don't know. I used to have a Suzuki motorcycle that was hard to start. Is that anywhere close?
  7. Well, nobODY CAn say you don't know your stuff. After this, for a chaser of sorts, maybe get a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
  8. Couldn't find anything on it, but years ago a venture capital trio of people in Austin, Texas put some money into it, so maybe that has something to do with the ATX name.
  9. Neither have I, but I once had a landlord tell me that some (evicted) renters had celebrated their home country's national holiday by slaughtering a goat on the apartment living room carpet. He was mad enough to have chewed that goat up raw.
  10. Where it's going is...nowhere. Interesting subject though. Many years ago a "farmer" of sorts sent his wife to me with his papers - she dutifully worked at the factory, made $15K (going wages at the time) and every year he lost $15K on the "hay farm". He actually had equipment (discs, harrows, old tricycle John Deere, etc.). I dutifully told her about hobby losses (she was unconcerned, saying "Smitty handles all that"). Third year: same story - I gave her one of Edsel's "Come to Jesus" talks and she replied "Well, we been doin' it this way 15 years and nobody's complained yet. I've got
  11. P. S. As long as I'm on the subject, anybody happen to know if T/P had no refund for '18 or '19 and and paid with a direct debit or a check - will they still have to fill out GET MY PAYMENT at irs.gov ? (By the way, that site was down for a while yesterday but was back up a while ago).
  12. Are the phone calls about this driving anybody else nuts? Typical: Where's my 12/24 hundred bucks? Did you file for '19 yet? Nah. What about '18? Uh, I dunno.
  13. Anyone know if the October 15th deadline of extensions (if you don't file by July 15th) is still good? "Grasshopper" Bart
  14. Thanx for the tip, Jack. If I get acks tomorrow, I'll stop chewing on my fingernails and develop legendary patience. Note to John H. - Is that you I hear snickering about me and my fellow goobers who stayed with ATX after the bad time several years back?
  15. We talked to two different ATX reps a few minutes ago. They looked ours up and said two from this morning showed up in the system and were being processed. He didn't show the other six in the system, but said to wait and they would eventually get to them. Didn't say when. They said everyone is working from home, so I don't know if anybody's minding the office (they wouldn't say). However, my wife grilled them some and they promised to get everything handled and not leave us in the lurch (keeping my fingers crossed).
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