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RBruce (talk|edits) said:

20 January 2012
I am an EA with an MST. I have read strings on this board for a long time, but am still a bit skittish about updating my profile with enough information to identify myself and posting because I worry about things like unauthorized disclosure, liability for wrong advice, or violating the board's protocol. Is there a FAC about that? Is there a moderator, or can someone else fill me in?

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

20 January 2012
Well, the main page says:

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You can click on the links from the main page to read those. Rather, you SHOULD read those.

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20 January 2012
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Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

20 January 2012
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As a tax professional, anyone seeking answers or advice should independently verify the applicability to their client's situation. If you want to depend on an answer without your own review, use a paid research service.

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20 January 2012
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Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

20 January 2012
As for unauthorized disclosure, we never use real client names unless they are already available to the general public (as in a Tax Court decision).

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2012
Oooops

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
So are you the moderator Kevinh5?

That seems to cover Intuit pretty nicely, but I'm still trying to decide whether to post my full name address and resume. Perhaps I could post my own disclaimer on the profile.

Still. I might say something that doesn't contain enough information to identify a taxpayer for purposes of unlawful disclosure, but enough for the taxpayer to recognize himself and get mad at me for discussing it. It doesn't seem likely, but what is posted on the internet is forever.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
Trillium and I are volunteer moderators. Tim Doyle at Intuit is the official moderator. I imagine he has other duties at Intuit though.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
"Still. I might say something that doesn't contain enough information to identify a taxpayer for purposes of unlawful disclosure, but enough for the taxpayer to recognize himself and get mad at me for discussing it. It doesn't seem likely, but what is posted on the internet is forever." Surely you can be careful to disguise the facts enough to avoid this. (Unless your clients include, say, Gingrich, Romney, etc.).

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
I have probably not done this right, but I just created another account with another email and profile. I'd appreciate it if you would merge or delete the other one?

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
Just close your browser, re-open, and then sign in as the new you. Don't forget to update your user info on the new profile page.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 January 2012
OK, I see you have done that profile already. Thanks!

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
Podolin: Podolin: You would probably recognize the names of some former clients, and I do taxes for several CPAs who read this forum occasionally. Although I have just started posting, I have been googling these discussions for years, and almost feel like I know you guys.

I'm reticent to chime in because, while I haven't done any big name politicians' returns this year, I could say something bad about Gingrich or Romney's return, and then have it come up when I am asked to consult on my local Republican Congressman's return.

With the way internet law is going, it is not totally inconceivable that I could someday be extradited to North Korea to stand trial for copyright infringement for posting a pirated picture of Kim Jong Un defaced with horns. Not to mention the chances of being denied a visa to Somalia if I say that President Ahmed is a useless piece of [expletive deleted].

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
So I just learned how to edit. Is there a simple instruction manual I can download? Can I change screen names? Can I email, or post in such a way as to prevent someone from googling it?

Trillium (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
Have you checked out the FAQ? There are also help pages, but some are out of date (click "help" about two lines up from the yellow search box in the left-side menu).

You successfully created and used a different user name, and started a discussion with it. To bump that question, just add a post to the end.

To post with the other ID, you need to be sure you're completely signed out with the old one - for best results, even quit your browser, come back, and sign in with the new ID. It's case-sensitive, so be sure you have the right characters capitalized, etc.

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
Thanks. I looked at the FAQ. That is how I got the tip on how to edit, but I didn't see how to email, or whether there are areas which are closed to public viewing, so I figured this is the best place to post stupid newbee questions. Do you allow more than one screen name? It said RBruce is not a valid screen-name when I tried to log back in.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
Well you obviously signed in at one time with the RBruce name, look above - you even posted here under that name. You are doing something wrong. Try what Trillium suggests. Yes, there are certain things that administrators may see and edit which are closed to editing or viewing by everyone else. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtains, though.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 January 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZR64EF3OpA

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

27 January 2012
Aha - when in doubt, read the directions. The usernames are case sensitive.

Cute video. If SOPA and PIPA pass, perhaps we can share adjoining cells at Eglin Federal Prison Camp for copyright infringement. I hear it's the best.

How do I email and respond to messages?

PirateCPA (talk|edits) said:

27 January 2012
Hi Bruce. It sounds like you're pretty concerned about anonymity. I'm fairly certain that NO part of this site is private, including every users talk page. Not that your username is very identifying, but you could create a new one that is completely random, such as "NumCrunch5". Your profile doesn't have to give your identity, simply your level of experience and qualifications. A full on resume is a little excessive in my opinion. With that anonymity, you could put in your 2 cents on all of the political banter that you want, worry-free!

I hope you were being somewhat facetious with your concerns - life is too short to be consumed with that!

RBruce (talk|edits) said:

27 January 2012
Someone once told me that the only way to keep things secret is never to say anything to anyone.

If you had ever been denied a visa to a country because you once worked for another country, or lived in one which did monitor private communications and occasionally arrested people for what they said, or suffered through questions after a single scope background investigation, you'd understand that anything you say (even using a pseudonym) always has the potential to come back to haunt you. If they understood that, certain politicians who are apologizing for things they said or did 20 years ago might have been more careful about what they said and did.

I blew my anonymity years ago, and at my age, I really don't care, or I wouldn't post facetious comments which are products of my odd sense of humor, and my feelings about internet privacy, SOPA and PIPA. But I do think its important to understand exactly what is freely available to whom.

If everything posted is available, I might as well post a full resume and just be more careful of what I say. Still, I hope that OPR never gets the authority to arrest EAs (or CPAs, Mr. Pirate) who post comments which dispute IRS positions. Either that, or I should use a proxy server in Vanuatu to mask my URL, and hope their security is better than Intuit's. (there I go again, painting a target on my back).

Trillium (talk|edits) said:

27 January 2012
Since you guys brought up posting political banter, I'll just use this opportunity to restate site practice that political banter is to be kept to the Chat forum. In the other forums, and especially in the tax forum, please avoid posting political comments. Thanks.

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