Discussion:Obfuscation on tax items

From TaxAlmanac, A Free Online Resource for Tax Professionals
Note: You are using this website at your own risk, subject to our Disclaimer and Website Use and Contribution Terms.

From TaxAlmanac

Jump to: navigation, search

Discussion Forum Index --> TaxAlmanac Feedback --> Obfuscation on tax items


Melto (talk|edits) said:

9 March 2006
The forum is confusing - too many opinions and not enough factual information. How are we to know which opinion is the true one? Isn't there some way to summaraize the content and provide a definate conclusion???

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2006
Good points, Melto. The forum is a great way to get a question answered, but if you're coming along later and looking for the answer, there has to be a better way of getting to the information you need without reading through the entire discussion. We're currently working on ways to allow summaries to be created so this will be easier to do.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator 09:31, 29 March 2006 (CST)

Lhhesscpa (talk|edits) said:

4 December 2006
People who post should replace the generic profile with their own information. That would help build credibility.

Rmacey (talk|edits) said:

4 January 2007
The answer to most tax questions is, "It depends upon..." Often in these discussions there is not sufficient information (or time to ask pertinent questions) for a complete, correct answer. Also remember that the GSA has found that the IRS folks who answer questions were only 30% or so correct!!! I would NEVER rely upon another's answer as my answer until I was personally satisfied that it was correct. I look to these discussions as triggers to my thought & research process.

Rmacey (talk|edits) said:

4 January 2007
The answer to most tax questions is, "It depends upon..." Often in these discussions there is not sufficient information (or time to ask pertinent questions) for a complete, correct answer. Also remember that the GSA has found that the IRS folks who answer questions were only 30% or so correct!!! I would NEVER rely upon another's answer as my answer until I was personally satisfied that it was correct. I look to these discussions as triggers to my thought & research process.

Gayla (talk|edits) said:

5 January 2007
The forums here are like a lunch group of CPAs and preparers that I coordinate. A subject is brought up and several people enter the discussion giving opinions, guidance and flat-out guesses. It's up to the person asking the question to ponder responses and use the discussion as direction for further research. Handy starting point for sole-practitioners like me who don't have partners to bounce ideas off. But nothing is a substitute for your own research, right?

PVVCPA (talk|edits) said:

10 January 2007
There seems to be a number of non-tax professionals asking novice questions on this site. The problem is that it fills up the forum with a lot of material and makes it harder to search for pertinent information. And if you can't find the right thread, then you post a new one and the vicious cycle continues.

Isn't this website supposed to be a forum for tax professionals only?

Maybe there should be two tax forums. One for tax professionals to ask their complex tax questions, and one for the rest of the world who need help preparing their first Form 940.

PGattoCPA (talk|edits) said:

16 January 2007
PVVCPA: Unfortunately (from my perspective), that idea has been shot down twice. There are also technical limitations of a wiki that Tim is trying to work out.

Perhaps this full busy season in which TA is well-known among non-tax pros will cause the regulars who are opposed to separate forums to realize that having one forum for everyone is just too cumbersome and is not conducive to the main objective of TA. To wit, a place for tax professionals to gather and share information.

Or perhaps, people who are against the idea of two forums will be solidified in their views after this busy season. Only time will tell.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

January 16, 2007
PGatto:

Have you seen the page that loads when you attempt to start a new discussion in the Tax Questions forum? I haven't shot down starting another forum - still thinking about the logistics of that, but I have attempted to stem the tide.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 21:18, 15 January 2007 (CST)

PGattoCPA (talk|edits) said:

16 January 2007
Tim: I wasn't referring to you as shooting it down, but rather the majority of the community. I know you are trying to figure out a technical way that may work and I do appreciate it. (Here is where those "edit buttons" would have been really helpful!!!)

To join in on this discussion, you must first log in.
Personal tools