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  1. Richcpaman

    Engagement Letter

    I use the engagement letter because it keeps the IRS out of my hair. The IRS dislikes Engagement letters more than any one else. The Engagement letter clearly puts it on the taxpayer, and not on ME for their fraud. Or for their inability to give me info in a timely manner, or why I did year X, but no year Y and Z (when they didn't send me anything) or why state W was not filed for them. I use the engagement letter EVERY Year so that you can say that you didn't read it one year, but EVERY year for 10 years? I use the Engagement letter to satisfy a "block" that gets checked somewhere. Even if I never get sued. But if I do, it get checked. It DOES limit my legal liability. I may pay, but it might help save as well. I use the Engagement Letter to establish the parameters of MY STAFF and MY behavior going forward. Not the clients. If I do not like what the client is doing, I fire them. And then I do not have a problem anymore. Rich
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    Server workstation setup under VPN

    H: When we installed ATX 2017 on our server in 2018, we then workstation installed several computers that were in the same building. Using the local network that happened to be wireless. When we installed the Hamachi VPN software in 2019, we were able to access the ATX2017 like we always had. That is sweet. We had moved the server computer to a new physical location away from these computers. However, in 2019, with ATX 2018, we have installed the local workstations without a problem. Now that we have to install to he distant computers, we hope the Hamachi VPN can support that. Otherwise, we might have to carry the distant computers to the other office, locally install the workstations, and hope it works like 2017. And you thought ATX tech support didn't understand things... Rich
  3. ILL: If a "new" client comes in, and presents Scenario #2, then you have to deal with the lack of compensation, and it has nothing to do with QBI. The S/H has not taken a salary and should be taking something. If it is an existing client, then you should have dealt with it in the past. What other clients have this problem? If the client is refusing to take a reasonable salary, then the whole QBI issue is moot. You probably don't want them as a client. They are going to cheat elsewhere as well, and make it all your fault when they get caught. Rich
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    Anybody using ATX over a VPN for Multiple Offices?

    Bubba: Are you running ATX or Qbooks over a VPN? Not just moving a file back and forth, but with a computer with ATX on it in one location, and then operating from the remote computer with out remote desktop software? Rich
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    In the first line, of the first post, it mentioned over 3 BILLION hacks.. The Equifax heist gave them all the keys. There will not be a system that can't be compromised.... It will just be a matter of time. This year, MFA. Next year.. MFB and the year after that, MFC, Etc. We should be lobbying Congress to change the rules to remove liability from folks that get hacked for less than, say, 10k records. If you have between 10k and 1 million, your liability is this, and above that, then your liability is TBD. I am not that worried about my practice being hacked, yes, I could be one of the unlucky ones, but, I think it is much more likely that ATX or CCH gets all our client records hacked... Rich
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    Anybody using ATX over a VPN for Multiple Offices?

    I am using remote desktops now. The problem is you have to have a computer at both ends dedicated to use this way. The VPN is there to reduce some of this, as you can access different things on the server, etc., in the remote location. The problem now, is that I will have 4 users on the local office, and 4-5 users in the remote office, which means 13 actual inputs to the server. I need to have a strong server to do this, and keep the speed bearable. No one has tried ATX over a VPN, I presume.
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    Anybody using ATX over a VPN for Multiple Offices?

    I do not have a VPN, Yet. ATX is very specific about NOT using a VPN to run their software. I use GoToMyPC right now to talk from the remote office to the main office. I have been told be others that using QuickBooks over a VPN, meaning that the software is on your computer, but the data is located elsewhere and accessed via the VPN, that it can become unstable, and corrupt the data file. I do not have any personal experience with this, but have read the stories of others. Are you using the VPN for Qbooks in this manner regularly? What year of Qbooks, and then multiple files? Rich
  8. Richcpaman

    Raising My Fees

    Rates are going up, Gotta pay for my VPN... Rich
  9. Well, are you? ATX states that we shouldn't do it, and I know that QuickBooks blows up when you do it over Virtual Private Network (VPN) I am merging two offices and want to use a common database, so I got to have the computers talk to each other. Rich
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    Business Sold

    Congratulations! Rich
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    There is a reason why the opposing party wants to go final on January 4, 2019, instead of November or December 2018.. So the Alimony is NOT deductible.
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    Well, it's official

    Careful there... pardner... She has a shovel, and knows how to use it. Rich
  13. Richcpaman

    Well, it's official

    Congratulations, Abby. I will do my best... Rich
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    Little things going right, right now!

    And don't get pissy with me what I ask you to repeat your name, IRS Number and then for your service center... Rich
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    What would you do?

    A farmer friend of ours, has about 20-30 acres that has some woods, a creek and pasture. He will allow folks to drop off an elderly horse to just hang out till it passes away. His own little private rescue operation. When they pass away, he buries them on the property. He doesn't own a horse for himself, or as even a horse trailer. He just likes to have them around. Its a gentle send off for many of them, and more humane then "hoping" someone else will take care of them if you tie them up to your trailer... Rich