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"Shoebox" (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
We've got some similiar "venting" threads going, but I thought this would be fun too...
  1. 1 I heard that there was a tax exemption where if you make less then $49,900 last year you qualify for a $5500 refund.

That's a direct copy and paste from his email. I assume he's talking about EIC!

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
2. Clients who inform me that the law is "just common sense". They know the law because "it's just common sense" (which always seems to work out in their favor.) I don't do taxes, but this phrase gets on my nerves.

Krav (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
I had a new referral who informed me that he would get the EIC because he worked most of the year off the books! Didn't take him on as a new client.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
"I sold a rental property but there is no tax because I bought one for more money."

Pegoo (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
"So and so community college is doing taxes for free. They say they are funded by the gov't and their lines are too long. Can you prepare my taxes and send them the bill?"

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 24, 2012
I know you know 99% more than I do, which is why I have you do this, but you did put down the wrong amount for tax prep. Me: really? Yeah, you put in x and it's y. Me: That's because that's what you paid me last year. Oh.

So 100% and counting. From just an hour ago.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
Pegoo, your's is just too funny!

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2012
CrowJD, early on in my TA posts, I learned never to say "common sense" or "logic." Good lessons.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

25 February 2012
From my monograph 'Twardy's Farm' written in 2002, a telephone conversation:

“And you’ll see if my mother has to file, too?”

“Your mother?"

“Yes, her papers were in with mine. I told you I would be sending them last November. ”

        She succeeds! She has me curious. I can’t remember the conversation at all, so I walk to the cabinet and pull out the file. I find the papers. Her mother’s only income is a small bank account and distributions from several IRA accounts that I total in my head to be less than $6,000.

“Your mother did not make enough to file, but she will have to do so to get back the tax money withheld from the IRA accounts; it looks like it adds up to $130.”

        Now stupidity raises its hand and speaks.

“Are you going to charge her that much to do her return? Maybe we should just leave the money with the government?”

        At this point, slamming my car into the thick oak tree that abuts a curve on County Route 21B becomes very attractive to me. Not knowing of this phone call that insulted my intelligence, the cops will rule it an accident.

Pegoo (talk|edits) said:

25 February 2012
New One: "I went to a ***(some big wig) life insurance sales seminar and they said if I was self employed selling their life insurance products I can even write off my dry cleaning for my business attire."

I contested and got insulted =(

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

25 February 2012
"I contested and got insulted" is not a new experience for many of us who post on TA:-).

Question - Who lies more - car salesman or insurance salesman?

Pegoo (talk|edits) said:

25 February 2012
I say insurance sales people.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Insurance salesmen love to throw obscure Code sections at you and your client, knowing full well you are not carrying a copy of the IRC in your pocket (though with smartphones, I suspect it is easy to find such). They preface this with 'As you know, Section xxx says....' Then again, I am not sure they are any worse than the investment advisors I see clients using. These people (men and women) seem to specialize in that Russian form of checkers where the object of the game is to lose all your pieces.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Here is a tragic one from last night: The wife comes in; I recall last March she announced she had learned she was pregnant. So, last night she tells me, "We won't owe this year; I had twins." How sad that AMT raises its ugly head....she could have had quints and the result would be the same.

Wkstaxprep (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
i still enjoy this one "the computer does everything for you now right?"

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
The husband of a client accompanied her to the signing of the return. He asked about my credentials, I told him I was an EA. Instead of the usual "What's that", he said "So you're nothing, right?" They did not come back.

Wkstaxprep (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Hi Actionbsns, that sounds like a cruel person to say that.

Also made me once again think of this, why hasn't the EA name been changed from Enrolled Agent to something that sounds more accurate to what we actually are?

Its such a terrible sounding name. It comes across as if we are muscle reinforcement for the IRS and some sort of uncover agents looking to arrest people.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
You guys need super sweet cool initials like we Car Parking Attendants use.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
How did you respond Action? Swift kick in the testicles followed by a full weight headbutt?

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 28, 2012
Just say, "Well, clearly I'm more than you are since you lack even the most fundamental human decency. I have that." Right before "See ya."

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Cleaning, Pressing, Alterations

Zokan (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
He asked about my credentials, I told him I was an EA. Instead of the usual "What's that", he said "So you're nothing, right?"

What we need is an EA Reality show. They have reality show tow truck drivers, gold miners, swamp people, and a myriad of other professions. Why not enrolled agents? A client with a pressing IRS problem. A couple of enrolled agents prepared to do battle with the evil IRS. Kevin running around the office telling everyone to search the yellow box. A short 30 minute battle between the IRS agents and the enrolled agents. The enrolled agents save the hapless client from the clutches of evil! Then people will begin to learn what enrolled agents do. I don't think changing the logo or selling enrolled agent stamps is really going to do much for the profession.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Reality show a great idea. Do it like the Philadelphia Parking Authority series (let me know if that is a mystery, and I'll try to find a link for it). Have the IRS agents be the evil, hapless, cruel, unprepared bullies, and the EAs the heroes. (I am a CPA, but go for it, we won't be jealous). Just make sure the EAs always win. Wonder what a good title would be.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2012
Everyone's Advocare - EAs, the Winnng Team

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
Certified Pain in the Arse

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
Cut and Paste Accountant/Auditor

Canned Procedure Accountant/Auditor

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
Cheapest People Around

EvaCPA (talk|edits) said:

16 March 2012
"Now stupidity raises its hand and speaks."

D&T you are too funny.......you should have been a writer!

Belle (talk|edits) said:

March 16, 2012
Eva, he was .. is  ?? David, are you still writing?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

16 March 2012
Not lately.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

16 March 2012
I just caught up on this thread. Fred I love your initials. There seems to be more you can attach to a three letter credential than to one with two letters. I'm also a CLU, when I was working towards that credential, someone was telling me about his daughter taking a phone message for him, evidently his stationery was by the phone or something with "name, CLU" on it, and the daughter added "tz" to the mix (CLUtz). Teenagers have NO respect.

As for the client who was so rude. They were referred by someone I really like and it was early in my career here in Hawaii, so while I was stunned by the question, I really wasn't sure of my best response other than to have them leave and not come back. I'm sure I retorted with something sarcastic and the wife was really embarassed. Most of my clients are really nice people and I enjoy having them come back each year.

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