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FLAcct (talk|edits) said:

13 March 2014
I got a good laugh today and thought I would pass it along. After all, I'm sure we all need a laugh at this point in tax season.

I'm working on the tax return for a new client. He bought his 5th residential rental property in 2013 and that was one too many for him to handle. He had previously always prepared his own tax returns (by hand) and really tried harder than I had ever seen to get everything right. When I looked at the Schedule E on his 2012 tax return I noticed that all of the rental properties were marked as Property Type 7 (self rental). Well, he does rent them all out himself you know! That gave me a chuckle.

If anyone else has had a laugh this tax season, please let us know!

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

13 March 2014
He should join the people who want to be both married and head of a household, or even singles with no children will claim HOH.

Terry Oraha (talk|edits) said:

13 March 2014
Kind of sounds like the one I had where guy wrote in his wife in the organizer under dependent.

Ckenefick (talk|edits) said:

13 March 2014
There's a spot in my organizer for date of death, you know, for a spouse or a dependent.

Single woman writes in "T/B/D."

Marcilio (talk|edits) said:

17 March 2014
from TaxProToday

Chicago Heights, Ill.: In mid-February a Liberty Tax preparer pulled a gun on a customer’s boyfriend who police said threatened to beat him up during a dispute over fees. The boyfriend, 34, has reportedly been charged with assault after confronting the preparer over $500 in additional fees that the girlfriend was charged for her return. Police told reporters the preparer, 45, had a valid firearm owner’s ID.

Kirkwood, Mo.: A 53-year-old local man is accused of choking an H&R Block worker earlier this month after reportedly becoming enraged about his “tax situation.” Police told news outlets that the assailant knocked the Block employee to the ground and is now charged with misdemeanor assault. The Block worker reported minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment. from TaxPro Today

Deerfield Beach, Fla.: A bullet narrowly missed the ear of preparer Michelle Merced as she sat in the office of Dixie Fast Tax in late February. “I wanted [tax season] to be busy with people, not bullets, coming in,” she told news outlets. The shooting was connected to a dispute outside her office and police confirmed that Merced and her staff were not intended targets.

The incidents come on the heels of reports of gunfire and the beating of a preparer in the Detroit office of Tax City Tax Service on February 28 by a 19-year-old local man after the woman he was in the office with couldn’t get her refund in cash. Four people were shot in the scuffle and the preparer told news outlets that she plans tighter security when she re-opens her office.

This is hardly the first season refunds and taxes turned clients and their companions violent. Two years ago, according to reports, a Toledo, Ohio, woman and her son robbed and threatened to shoot their Liberty Tax preparer using a curling iron wrapped in a towel.

Smokeytax (talk|edits) said:

17 March 2014
Client asked why the "Domestic Partner" box was checked on his K-1, no doubt thinking that it referred to his marital status.

ATL Tax (talk|edits) said:

17 March 2014
I think I told this one before, but anyway, I prepared some 1099s for a client, and the wife of one of the independent contractors called me up in a tizzy, saying her husband thought that he was an employee and that taxes were being withheld, and that she was "going to turn me in to the IRA."

I'm sure glad the Irish Republican Army is not active over here. I should have told her that I support an independent Ireland free of British rule.

UpstateCPA (talk|edits) said:

18 March 2014
In the tax organizer under "dependents" one of our clients wrote in "the US Government"

Snowbird (talk|edits) said:

18 March 2014
I think a couple of little old ladies at AARP Tax Aide have been trying to hit on me! As I escort them into my work area, I say, "Please sit on my left." They say: "Sit on your lap!"

Jake (talk|edits) said:

19 March 2014
What is "self rental"?

Wiles (talk|edits) said:

19 March 2014
We have all had shoebox clients. Even a few paper/plastic bag clients. I went to the lobby the other day to greet my client. My client was sitting there with the entire metal drawer from his filing cabinet on his lap.

Also, had my first topless client come into the office. Unfortunately, a 60-year old male with a few missing teeth. He didn't make it past the lobby as my guest chairs are not lined with plastic.

I haven't yet had a client eat their dinner/lunch in my office this year. Anybody have one of those yet?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

19 March 2014
Oh yes, two gentlemen who married January 2nd of 2014 and who make 500K between them, bring in Styrofoam containers with Chinese food and mangia the two hours away. They do offer me some, but my bag is Indian curry, not that sickly brown sauce every non-spicy Chinese meal is covered with. Then again, I often eat in front of clients....leftovers I drag to my remote office....last week it was Spanish rice with bay scallops, shrimp, cod and sausage in the mix.

Incognito (talk|edits) said:

20 March 2014
Speaking of DOMA, I have found myself more than once this year not knowing what pronoun to use in response to a client's announcement that they are getting / have gotten married. In the past, I would reply "What is HER name?" or "Who's the lucky GUY?" Now I just sit there with no reply, hoping for some sort of clue during the rest of the appointment.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

20 March 2014
Not tax clients but I've had some interesting employment interviews - the lady who showed up wearing thermal underwear, a parachute and combat boots; a lady who in the middle of the discussion of duties, asked if I had any food because she was hungry and she'd seen a can of hot chocolate mix at the top of a cabinet; and the lady who started nursin her infant - I don't remember why she was there, maybe payroll or bookkeeping.

Ckenefick (talk|edits) said:

20 March 2014
Now I just sit there with no reply, hoping for some sort of clue during the rest of the appointment.

"Oh, thank you for your congratulations! I can't wait until Pat and I get married!"

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

20 March 2014
Or Chris and I.

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