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Ex-IRS (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
Just how much info do you post in answering someone's question(s)?

Should we be putting disclaimers in with our answers?

I don't know if this has been discussed before but I could not find anything through a search.

Glmpllc in this link [[1]] made a great addition to one of my answers that brings up this topic.

I'm posting just enough to answer the basic question and point the Original Poster somewhere to start researching the issue on their own. Otherwise, I'm working for free for someone else.

That was my intent in the topic linked above but I did it without realizing that some may not realize the point made by Glmpllc. I guess I just assumed that anyone reading my answer would further research the issue before determining their police officer client in, for example, Texas (which is not in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals), can also deduct meal expenses.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
My thoughts: I will go to much more effort to answer a question from a fellow tax professional, maybe even providing links and cites. A Do It Yourselfer is using this forum as free research, so maybe a disclaimer should be somewhere (it probably is) that general answers may not apply to their specific information, and that they should seek out the advice of a competent professional who can examine all of the issues of their tax situation.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
There is a disclaimer but it seems to protect Intuit more than it protects us (of course I'm not an attorney). That said - while some people have put identifying information in their profile, it would be very difficult to identify most of us. Intuit doesn't know who we are. It would take a computer expert to tie us back to our email addresses and (I believe) that would require subpoenaing information from our ISP and crossing state and in some cases international lines.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
I guess the question should really be asked "When does providing advice rise to the level that you need to sign as "Paid Preparer"?"

Deback (talk|edits) said:

February 26, 2007
And did Intuit start this site with the intention of professional tax preparers answering questions from the public for free? I doubt it. So, why are questions from the public allowed, and more importantly, why do we continue to waste our time answering questions from the general public for free?

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
Somehow word got out about this website - it was in the Bottom Line newsletter, someone said - and that it was a GREAT place to get your tax questions answered by pros for free.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 26, 2007
Still waiting for my check. So in the clear still.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
Ex-IRS, I see that you didn't answer the "I made 50,000 last year and claimed exempt, how much do I owe" question. LOL [Exempt]

Will (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
yeah, I'll refund their money if they are not happy with the results of my two sentence response to their one sentence question.

Will (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
lol kevin, I had missed that one. we need a hall of fame list somewhere. :)

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
Also, is anyone really going to calculate parts of the return? [4797]

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
I think that's another thing that "protects" us. You get what you pay for and no one has paid for this. Does anyone sue the newspaper because of the "how you can save on taxes" articles.

Ex-IRS (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
"Ex-IRS, I see that you didn't answer the "I made 50,000 last year and claimed exempt, how much do I owe" question. LOL [Exempt]"

Hey Kevinh5, I did see that question when it was posted but there was so little info posted that I had no problem passing on it instead of getting into an extensive interview with the poster. After all, I do have some paid work to do LOL

Thanks to everyone for the responses.

San Diego (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
If I make $121K a year, do I need to file? Do I qualify for the EIC?

Glmpllc (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2007
Though generally more accurate, the advice received here is not much different than advice received by telephone from the IRS or gathered at a cocktail party. Caveat Emptor.

I give you guys credit for tackling some of the questions posted here, like those referred to above, or as someone (JR1 or Dennis, I think) referred to it...the "book" on House Buyout. Some I read just for the humor.

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