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Manly hugs

And...didn't want to post this in public, but grab a Bible and read Romans 8:1. Over and over and over. Quit beating yourself up. It's over. YOu made decisions...they didn't go as planned. Stuff happens. There is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. If that second part doesn't apply yet, it can. Full restoration comes when we know that we are loved no matter what...I've been there. And we've all been addicted to something, believe me.

I appreciate your transparency...receive some healing from another brother. Jeff

International nonprofit & Controllership

  1. 1 I'm curious what your client does.
  2. 2 I noticed you list "controllership" as one of your services. Do you use engagement letters? And do you have a hard time renewing your insurance when it comes time to complete the percentage of revenue categories?Natalie 14:51, 12 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

The reason I asked the controllership questions was that I was hoping to be able to bounce some ideas off of you. I provide controllership services to several clients, and every year when I renew my insurance, I have to figure out how to categorize that income. The insurance company has their own ideas of what constitutes controllership service, and it usually means a higher premium. Since I do not make management decisions for my client, however, the risk is lower, and I don't want to include the income in that category. My services do not neatly fit in as bookkeeping, however, because I do much more than that.

The other thing is the engagement letters. They are always a challenge because of the variety of things that I do.Natalie 18:17, 12 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Don't all insurance companies use basically the same categories -- tax, audit, bookkeeping, review/compilation, consulting, other? Bookkeeping/write up really doesn't fit because during the course of an engagement, which can be up to a year or more, I get to understand the client's accounting procedures and make recommendations accordingly. I attend board and finance committee meetings for one client. I provide a lot of compliance information to my nonprofit clients. I analyze financial statements in order to help point out areas the client might want to look into. (This analysis is not as in depth as reviewed financial statements, however, and I am careful to keep those services separate.) These services are quite a chunk of my revenue, so it does make a difference how I report them.

I'd appreciate seeing the sample engagement letter you have. Mine is very detailed. I saw one from another CPA that basically said, "We will provide the services customarily done by a controller." What does that mean?

My boys are 8 and 4, so I can relate to you on that level.

As far as my user page goes, I was a guinea pig. Tim was looking for people to try it out. If you're interested, let him know.Natalie 22:09, 12 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Sample engagement letter

Eewww. I hope there wasn't too much of a mess!

No rush on the engagement letter.Natalie 16:36, 14 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Your questions

Infamous? Have you ever done a Google check on yourself? It might be interesting.

There are two challenges I've faced being a sole practitioner -- technology and fees. In the situation you mentioned, you said the client will "probably" write the checks. I think you should get that nailed down before you propose your fee. Since you are going to go to their office to do the statements, have you considered the travel time? Have you adequately covered your out-of-pocket costs? Your rate sounds reasonable to me. Have you thought of making travel time and out-of-pocket costs separate fees?

For clients that require more than 20 minutes' travel time, I usually include a separate fee of 1/2 of my hourly rate. That way, the client can choose to save money by coming to me or doing things electronically.

It sounds like the reason you think you are short-changing yourself is because you under estimate the time for a job. (I do that, too.) What you might want to try is an hourly billing for the first several months and then switch to a flat rate per month. That way you'll have a better idea of the actual time for this particular client.

I had forgotten all about the controller letter, but now that you brought it up, I'd be interested in seeing it. One thing about these boards is that we miss a lot of the body language available when we are speaking face to face. I am glad to hear you are feeling better. Aloha, Natalie 11:56, 16 January 2008 (CST)Natalie

No complaints about the weather? It's been COLD! Okay, actually, it's been a little on the mild side (winter time), but I won't complain. I can ride my bike almost any day I choose. I'm glad the suggestions were useful. Natalie 12:21, 16 January 2008 (CST)Natalie

General chat

Make sure you check out the chat today. Image:smile.jpgNatalie 14:47, 29 January 2008 (CST)Natalie

your smiley

Check out your smiley Tom! I saw what you were trying to do, so I uploaded the file to this website. When I did that, the smiley was activated. Cool, huh? Natalie 14:28, 30 January 2008 (CST)Natalie

hot off the press

Check this out

I just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear about what you and your wife are facing regarding her eye sight. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in her situation. Natalie 18:56, 31 January 2008 (CST)Natalie

Your musicians

Maybe I should give you some of my work. It looks like you have lots of time on your hands!! Image:smile.jpgNatalie 18:07, 1 February 2008 (CST)Natalie


Taocpa, are you around at present?


Tao: Can you help me... I feel sorry for this poor Russian guy over there in Accounting that I was acting foolish with over there. He is really trying to learn. I'm not a CPA.

Anyway, sounds like he's on accrual, and he's had a client not pay the full amout of a bill. So, can you send him to a book for layman? Or does he need to have a "Bad Debt Allowance", or a simple way of posting "bad debt" to take it off accrued income. Last name is kostya or something over there. Dont want to waste your time, but if you feel like it. CrowJD 15:22, 9 February 2008 (CST)

Bull ! lol

You did not look like an idiot. Anything with a shadow of value, you never know what GAPP or you CPAs will do.

I took a stab at it myself, but the guy will need to get some help, even though he really seems to be trying hard. CrowJD 15:55, 9 February 2008 (CST)

Thanks Tom

I appreciate that. I was goofing around earlier on that post yesterday, and should not have been. He will get the picture someday and get a local accountant wherever he is. CrowJD 17:59, 9 February 2008 (CST)

reviewed tax return

Well, actually I don't know the answer to this. Have you checked Circular 230? There might be something in there. But if you feel the guy is just shopping around, why even bother with him? It sounds like he'd be a one-time client.

By the way, I wanted to "ditto" Crow's remark about your life insurance posting. I learned something new from you. Natalie 18:07, 9 February 2008 (CST)Natalie


Oh my goodness Tom! Am I supposed to guess which one it is? Is this a test or something?Natalie 23:26, 12 February 2008 (CST)Natalie

Thanks Tom. I noticed after I left this message that you already had linked it.Natalie 13:49, 13 February 2008 (CST)Natalie

one more question from SPb :-)

Hello Tom, It's Konstantin again. (

Can you telt me some words about principles of accounting of VAT in GAAP. (or tell where I can read usefull information about it)

I asked about some clarification in above mentioned branch of discussion. I repeat it here with some variations:

how to show the 20% of VAT. should I show all the amount of invoice(with VAT) in "Accounts Recievable"? Or I should write the VAT amount in other ledger account? or I can skip this 20% in my accounting?

Thank you. Konstantin

Toa, just having some fun

Tom: I'm just having some fun at the expense of some of these rascals that come on here, and I could not resist a take-off on the hooligan Capone theme! CrowJD 14:47, 29 February 2008 (CST)

another homework q?

If you were "had," so was JR. See "Discussion:C-corp purchased stock (small business) with loan". Maybe you should just avoid questions from first time posters until they have asked and answered a few questions.Natalie 00:38, 4 March 2008 (CST)Natalie

You're up very late! Given that you saw the posts by JR, I would definitely wait longer to post answers then. You'll save yourself some time and avoid those frustrations as well.Natalie 00:52, 4 March 2008 (CST)Natalie

Tom, it's 9 p.m. here. Make a mental list (or a physical one if that helps you more) of all the things running through your head. Leave it on your desk to handle tomorrow, and go to bed!Natalie 01:02, 4 March 2008 (CST)Natalie

Hey how are you? I was wondering if you can share with me any pros & cons on starting a tax prep business but just as a housecall service. Thnx

Bike news

Thank you for thinking of me! I think it went well. It will come out on tonight's news at 6 and 10 p.m. The reporter was very nice. She said she'd send it to me. I'll send you a link, too, after it comes out.Natalie 18:18, 9 March 2008 (CDT)Natalie

Homework Question??? Are you serious?

I beg your pardon? It absolutely was not a homework question. It was a problem I was having concerning a client and I resolved it after taking your comments into consideration.

Perhaps you didn't read my bio where I stated I graduated in 2005. I'm so incredibly insulted right now I can't even think...Tdinter1 10:27, 10 March 2008 (CDT)

it's going

Yes, I saw the post. I have never heard of strata orgs, so I simply asked what they are. I make salmon, too, with garlic, lime juice and soy sauce. The boys actually like it. Unfortunately, we don't eat it very often because we don't know how much mercury is in it. Natalie 21:02, 15 March 2008 (CDT)Natalie


Hi Tom: I had referred him to DsgLouise because she can actaully understand him. I'm not quite sure where he get's all these accounting questions from. He seems to be a very curious student-owner, as I don't think he's grossing that much at present. I'm not a CPA, and really am a self-taught accountant/bookkeeper (in spite of all my Tom Foolery) with a law degree (focus mainly tax), so I can't even understand some of his accounting questions! So, I would respond, but I would be tempted to go into the jokester mode, acting the silly Russian, and he seems so sincere...

I have given him the blanket referral lol

I gave him a general referral to dsglouise about three weeks ago. My gut feeling is that most of his problems are tempests in teapots, since at least at this point, he seems to have more accounting problems than he does money to worry about. But, you have to admire someone who is trying, and he'll probably end up owning the next Google....CrowJD 17:36, 17 March 2008 (CDT)

They blow my mind

These people are nuts. They get paid for their knowledge, they don't give it away; but they expect to come on here and insult us. I think I am starting to come over to Kevin's side, that we should not be giving away what we can sell. After all, these people don't pay for our books, research services, our insurance etc. etc. I am considering not answering any businessperson's question. I think I'll continue to help single mothers, and such, as I do think they have severe financial pressures. Besides that, have you noticed that TaxAlmanac is running advertisements for your locality later in the day? I just wondered if other people had noticed. Like in the afternoon, my computer puts up ads for Atlanta tax services. That kinda miffs me. But anyway, I'll survive lol.CrowJD 07:48, 19 March 2008 (CDT)

Thank You - the kittens were so happy to open a box and find


I laughed.


They laughed when I sat down at the desk to do a tax return, but when I brought out the Girl Scout Cookies.....!

(my homage to direct marketers everywhere).


Kevin Kevinh5

Peep show

Hey Tom,

who is that a picture of? She's very attractive girl, but I didn't see anything humorous. Cold be i'm a bit hung over from last nights middle of tax season let off steam with friend/client who I don't see that often.

Pedantic snots

Tom, thanks for the heads up. You're right but there are so many jerks on here, it blows my mind.

Changing right now.

No, I think you sent me wrong thing. go to my page and click on what you sent me. It's a young attractive lady in a brown outfit. Didn't know if it was your wife or daughter and so I have been restraining from makins some of my usual comments.

I have seen the peep show photo. all the little candies. Peeps are my ex-wife's favorit candy this time of year.

I screwed up

I edited pedantic instead of my post.

Hi Tom, Just today I found the TaxAlmanac website when desparate to find an answer to a partnership accounting question. Not only am I new to this website, I admit I don't generally post on any website but do try to read to learn. When I read your previous comment to someone to do a profile, I scurried about to figure out how to do that and did so in hopes that I would get a reply from someone. Yet no one has responded. You have indicated in a thread that "we are getting too many do-it-yourselfers and college students", but I am not sure what that means related to me. I don't want to be posting on a website where I should not be but thought this website said simply "ask questions" or answer if you could. Am I in the wrong place? Thanks for your comments. But DustBut Dust 20:14, 26 March 2008 (CDT)

Would it be out of line...

Tom, I'm relatively new to TA - but that one poster whose bugging you by answering questions without a profile is also irritating me. Would it be out of line to approach Tim about blocking? Belle 10:09, 2 April 2008 (CDT)


I agree completely, but being a newbie, wanted to defer to the more experienced on the board. I'll talk to Tim also. Belle 10:25, 2 April 2008 (CDT)

Stop It

Don't beat yourself up - I know you aren't mean/nasty. I've been lurking here for a while to learn the ropes.....and value all that I've learned from you, Kevin, Riley, Natelie, Fred, etc. And I hope I've started to contribute a little bit. He scares me too, and at this stage, lots of folks will grab at ANY answer just to get a return done, without verify accuracy. I also have a problem "giving away" our hard earned and valuable knowledge to DIY'ers. I do like helping others learn, but the ones who think they are "entitled" to answers make me crazy. Belle 10:55, 2 April 2008 (CDT)


If that's of any consolation.... I think this site is helping maintain my sanity this year. Good luck for the next 13 days.

Puru (something like that)


I very much agree.



Just being my usual non-serious self.

Almost done. Almost done. Got a few promises to finish up before they arrive in 15 minutes and I have to tell them rut roh

Saw Interesting Trust Post

Tom: Saw the trust post of today with Riley and Dennis. I wanted to make you aware of this resource, which is not a tax resource, but a legal one: and it's hard sometimes to separate the legal from the tax in doing these fiduciary returns.

The American Law Institute publishes Restatements of the Law. The Restatements try to "restate" the various state laws to come to a consensus on a area of law. Law students use them as a "Quick-Study". Check the ones on Trusts, and the one on Property (Wills and other Donative Transfers). These are also available in paperback I think. Also probably available at a law school library if one is in your area. I pass this along because it looks like all of us will be doing more of these returns! CrowJD 22:34, 8 April 2008 (CDT)


Puru's advice should not be taken? It is poor, incomplete and just not good.

Remind me to not burn your food there buddy. lol.

I'll have to go back and re-read his contributions.

And for the record, I'm big on calling people out, so, I'm with ya big guy.

Time for tequila


hey there

thanks for your your picture.... are you a crazy man this time of the year?

It is nice to be reminded that this is a "good problem".

Prof. Courtesy

I have seen professional courtesy go down over the years, and it's a real shame. Where things have gone wrong is many professionals today (lawyers, CPA's, doctors, architects) don't see themselves as practicing a profession. They see themselves as engaged in a business. Very sad developement.

For the 1041's and 706's, you raise an interesting point...taking CPE. I think that's only part of the answer. I've seen several instances on the board where the tax preparer knew the tax law, but misapplied the law for lack of legal knowledge. You cannot always depend on the local lawyer for legal advice regarding the trust instrument or Will, because many lawyers have merely copied it from a book, and know little more than you do. That is why I recommend that tax practitioners build a mini-legal library in this area. I am extremely fortunate myself to be less than 10 minutes from a state Univ. with a great law library. Really cuts down on my overhead. lol.

With the population aging, this will be a huge growth area for tax preparers. At present, there are just not enough people that can really do the 1041s, 706s, including me. I have started this year trying to get up to speed. Take care. CrowJD 10:35, 9 April 2008 (CDT)

Not Brutal, Necessary!

Tom – in your efforts to get Puru sanctioned for trollish behavior, have you happened to check the user’s edit history? Puru signed up, asked a couple of DIY-type questions, and got skewered on the second one. Came back a week later, edited out every post from that second discussion (look at the history for “FICA Taxes” - does the user agreement give Puru the right to edit/delete posts of other users?) and soon started posting these “so-called” answers that, as you said, are incomplete or uninformed – or just all-out wrong…. That background might give you some additional ammunition for a sanction.

But I had this thought, too – say you succeed in getting the user kicked off. Well, if Puru’s just being vindictive, the problem will come back under another name. At least under this name, we know to ignore the posts. Maybe Tim would put something on Puru’s profile that indicates that advice from that poster should not be taken seriously?

Trillium 17:02, 9 April 2008 (CDT)

Your Comments


Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have looked into the FICA page issue and you're right - it was inappropriate for Puru to have removed that discussion. I have now reverted it and left a message for them.

As far as what to do about the incorrect answers, my thinking is that I can't ban someone for being wrong (unless we can prove they're doing it on purpose to sabotage the site, but that wouldn't be easy to prove). However, there ought to be a way that we can alert others about the previously incorrect answers. Since we don't currently have a ranking / rating system on TaxAlmanac, this will have to be a somewhat manual / community led process. I'm currently working on how we might be able to do this - stay tuned.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 18:52, 9 April 2008 (CDT)

Idi amin brutal

thought you were going to eat his rotting carcass after you did that to him. lol. Tom, you weren't bad. you just called him out. I agree with you. don't let it get to ya. I just thought you were impersonating Kevin.

All good man. Smack da bitch down.


Friday = late night

Yes, I admit I was up until about 3 a.m. Fridays I work really late because there are no interruptions, and I get to sleep in on Saturday.Natalie 17:05, 12 April 2008 (CDT)Natalie

Serious like a peak frean

Don't ever worry about offending me Tommy Boy, it will take a lot more than fun lovin abuse to hurt my feelings. I just find it funny that you say things that are just as bad as what I say, but the ladies don't bust on you for it at all. Teflon Tom you are.

And you are correct, we don't take ourselves serious, but the work we do is done seriously. that's one thing I make sure I stress to my employees, I love fun and joking around, but when it's time to be serious, let's get serious and then we go back to fun. I can be crackin on someone, then chastise them, then go back to bustin. Some can't understand switching back and forth between serious and non serious.

Tom, I envy you

I would have enjoyed attending that Mass. You are getting like me, the heat of these stadiums can get to you.

I have to plead guilty to being one of those liberal Catholics, except of course on matters concerning abortion. But, as I said, I'm pretty pleased with this Pope so far. CrowJD 10:36, 18 April 2008 (CDT)

You're Probably Aware of this

I'm sure you've heard of Opus Die. I hope I spelled that right. You know the guy that founded Domino's Pizza, I can't remember his name? He has steered that organization in a very, very conservative direction, and he's got some big money people with him as well. My understanding is that they have been able to exert quite a lot of influence on the Vatican due to their financial largesse. I've never actually investigated the truth of this or not. But, as you know, there are all kind of players on the back stairs... Take care. CrowJD 11:35, 18 April 2008 (CDT)

The Fred & Tom Venture

Is it just me, or does it sound like Fred is being a party pooper? Natalie 21:00, 18 April 2008 (CDT)Natalie

Today's picture

No, I didn't have anything to do with that picture. What makes you think I did? I'm not sure why someone would want to put up something like that, but I don't see anything wrong with it. (Maybe I don't understand what it is?)Natalie 17:09, 28 April 2008 (CDT)Natalie

Thanks for putting down the time of the change. Of course I did not give permission for anyone to use my picture in that way. I deleted it. The picture I saw was a black and white shot of computer code. I have no idea what it's for. Natalie 01:31, 29 April 2008 (CDT)Natalie

my edit to the new question page

Honestly. Can you believe it??? I put in my edit bc I was tired of reading "profile, please" on every other discussion. Apparently it was all in vain, since they all just blow it off anyway.

some ideas

First of all, that page needs to be reworked. It's been patched too many times, and needs an overhaul so that things don't get lost. Instead of "Profile, please", posters should be posting the link to your addition to that page. That way the user might actually click on it (thinking it's an answer!). I'm pretty tolerant of DIYers, and I don't want to be mean about it and from some of the questions, it is evident that some of the non-profilers are professionals. I'll be the first to admit that I've posted some bonehead things out here without thinking them through, but the latest barrage by CoolJoy just blew me away. I have to believe that they are not ignoring the rules, but not even reading them. Another idea would be to have a separate area where we could move these discussions. When I first joined I posted an article instead of a question by accident and Tim moved it for me. Maybe we need a place to move these questions until they decide to follow the rules - I guess that would be the DIY forum that's been bandied about.


Hope things are going well with you. Was scrolling through the site and thought of you. If you would like a laugh, can send a picture/video of pig roping.

Yes, in addition to branding, we have pig roping, pig riding, pig sitting, and what have you. First year with pigs (4-H) and am amazed at how much fun they are.

Pierce ~~

Forgot how to sign off, but this is the girl in MT.

Pig Message

Looked at directions.

re: above message

Pierce 21:51, 23 July 2008 (CDT)

Hi Tom

Tom: Good to hear from you again! I think I'm taking my life in my hands to say something pro-Democrat around here. lol. Thanks for the moral support. Oh well, I guess I'll shut up for at least a week. Take care. CrowJD 07:19, 7 September 2008 (CDT)

Electoral College

Nice post in the 'Election Tax Plans' chat forum. Would you do me a favor, so I don't have to analyze the Electoral College you see Obama or McCain? I have also been concerned with the White House & both Houses being from the same party. Fearful of lots of 'running amuk' if that does come to pass. Sometimes stalemate is a good thing!Belle 11:57, 7 September 2008 (CDT)


Thanks for all the info; have to get thru the 9/15 deadline before I spend too much time on politics. Seems ridiculous to vote for President based on how the House/Senate make-up settles out. But I agree with one poster's (DT?)tongue in cheek comment that the President doesn't make the tax laws....or for that matter, much of anything policy-wise. Congress scares me even more - especially as "they" seem to get more & more out of touch with the real world as I see it (skewed tho that view may be).

BTW, how are you feeling?

Belle 13:28, 7 September 2008 (CDT)

My first boss

Hey, my first boss out of law school was a big Republican operative. He's now head of the House Judiciary Committee of our state legislature. Hell of a nice guy. I used to tell him that he was too nice to be a Republican. I would be delighted if we could get back to the middle ground in this Country, but I'm not holding my breath. Currently, I don't think that the Republicans are friends of the middle class, however, they manage to trick them into voting for them. My main thing is that we must try to save the middle class in this country while we still can. Take care, and take care of yourself! Sounds like you are adjusting to some of those meds. better; my oh my, I'd love to be 25 again and not worry about doctors and pharmacies. lol. Crow


Tom: Hang in there. As you might know, I'm diabetic. On some days, I just point my body in some direction and will it to go (sometimes it doesn't go). lol. You know what I mean, I'm sure. I had some problems with my foot last month, that has finally resolved I hope. But I do feel sometimes that I'm on a treadmill between the doctor and the pharmacist. I knew I should have gone into medicine!!! Peace. CrowJD 12:58, 8 September 2008 (CDT)


I understand your practice is in Maryland. How much would you charge for a 1041 final return with 45 beneficiaries? Returns will have to be prepared for WV as well since the deceased was a resident of WV.

Any info. in this regard would be much appreciated.

Sincerely, Donya S. Oneto, CPA Voice:  410.795.4381 Cell:      410.707.9274 Fax:     410.795.6435

you are very diplomatic

and that just might work. It is worth a try anyways. Kevinh5

International Tax Advisors

Dear Taocpa,

Thanks for your help. I am leery too and will check them out.

Howardlcpa 19:00, 25 September 2008 (CDT)

Oh Boy

I need to go back and read these posts. I tell you Tom, I wish I was a doctor, or had one in the family. The internal medicine doctor I use now I'd grade only as "fair". At the same time, these doctors are so bogged down with making money, paperwork, etc. I have some sympathy for him. I worry about my future healthcare, and often wish I had taken some boring government job years ago. CrowJD 20:11, 15 October 2008 (CDT)

NATP study materials

are good quality. The part where they are most lacking, truthfully, is in the 'codiness', meaning they don't give you enough references to the code and regs that support the statements made. They are written for non-code people.

I purchased the Basic 1040 or Intro to Tax Prep or whatever course for my assistant to do online. It consists of several modules written by their Research department (I had seen most texts before, when I was an instructor for them). Plus it includes module tests and quizes.

Sometimes the material was written by instructors and, unfortunately, the research department hasn't always gone back over the text to fill in any missing pieces of the puzzle.

As far as their 1040 update texts, in the past the instructor team would review them after the research dept wrote them and make numerous corrections before they went to press. This year I understand that no one reviewed them before printing, so my guess would be that there will be issues this year with the 1040 books. Many times these corrections were just clarification or re-writing for ease of understanding.

This is the same issue with instructor-written texts. In my opinion everything should be reviewed before printing. Kevinh5

Ethical vs. illegal

Tom, I appreciate you sticking up for Natalie, however, there was no sticking up needed because I wasn't attacking her or anybody else. Where did you get this? Please read my post again and don't try to read between the lines. Your message below is completely off the wall and not justified. Again, there was no attack on Natalie whatsoever. Thank you. Jerry

YOU WROTE: I found your post directed to Natalie to be very patronizing and unprofessional. She answered the question as asked. I consider Natalie to be a friend. She is one of the great people of this board. I suggest you think next time before you write something like that to a fellow professional. She is very bright, articulate and someone of high integrity. Maybe I am reading what you wrote incorrectly, but it sure came across as patronizing to this observer.

Jbcpa 10:07, 24 October 2008 (CDT)


Thanks, Tom, for your last message. I hope that you too will find that I am not this condescending guy you thought I was. I have been on and off this board since January and enjoy it a lot. Take care and I will see you around! Jerry Jbcpa 18:39, 25 October 2008 (CDT)

It's good to be back

No apologies necessary Tom,

I'm only glad you are back and posting. I was not ill and I still was too busy to play on the forums this summer. Hope all is well. I look forward to the email.


did I step over a line?

Discussion:Question about S-Corp Loss deduction treatment Kevinh5

DIY Forum

The main menus/pages are locked down, meaning we can't edit them. There is no 'edit this page' tab for them. All we can do is view the source. Therefore, I can't add a DIY forum or move the instructions to visit the TurboTax website to the top of the page. Similarly, there is no 'redirect' page when adding an accounting question, so all I could do was add a 'note that you must be a tax/accounting professional to ask a question' to the Ask A Qustion link.

No longer locked down

for Trillium and I after a discussion with Tim. We (the entire community) have decided to allow a consumer/DIY forum, but not to advertise it. Tim has given Trillium and I limited authority to police the issue and make appropriate changes, with the caveat that all changes can be reverted if they are not in the best interest of the entire TA community. Kevinh5

I got thru my cooking ok

Hi Tom: Tom, I got volunteer assistance from a Vietmanese friend of mine for the dinner I was planning.

I actually like trawling the library from time to time for cookbooks, and I had come across this "chicken breast half" and was confused by the meaning of it. However, I was using the whole thing, as you suggested.

Now, this mystery is solved, and I can go on to my next self-created problem in need of a solution! Thanks.CrowJD 10:53, 21 December 2008 (CST)

Peru's latest thread

has been moved to the consumer forum. I hadn't remembered his history at the time I gave him an answer. Kevinh5


You haven't posted for a while....hope you are coping. Let us know. We care.


Tom, good to see you on the board the other day, been thinking about you..

Found this website pretty good stories, hang in there buddy and realize you have friends that you don't even know about or recognize..


TexCPA 23:57, 24 February 2009 (CST)


Thank you for your response on the MD LLC taxed as a partnership topic!

I guess that I am a bit confused on what gets reported to which state. As I said the one partner is an illustrator. All of the work is done out of his home in PA. He mails or emails his work to his customers across the country. Does this mean that 100% of his income gets reported on the PA partnership return and 0% on the MD 510 return? Or, God forbid, does he have to apportion his sales to all of the states that he sells his work in? I'm thinking not since he mails his work, but I'm not 100% positive.

Your termination tips were very helpful.

I really don't have a lot of experience with out-of-state matters. Thank you so much for your expertise and help!

Mary Anne

Call for Your Funny Stories

Hi Taocpa,

My name is Vanessa Piccinini and I work at Intuit's Public Relations agency. We came across your funny tax stories and would like to share them with an accounting Web site interested in running stories like yours during the busy tax season to give readers a good laugh.

In order to participate, just reply to this message giving your permission. We will not share your story unless you respond giving us permission to do so. Additionally, we will give your avatar credit for it, since we do not have your real name and even if we did, we would not probably not include it to ensure client confidentiality (though the chances of your client reading the accounting publication in question may be very slim.)

Thank you in advance for your attention!

Vanessa Piccinini

I gave permission


I emailed Vanessa back requesting that she provide me with the story that she wanted to publish for my review. This would allow me to water down any information that may be too specific and possibilities open me up to any disclosure violations. I didn't want a client stumbling upon it. It happened here was to another user. M story was fine as is.

So far you are the only one I'm aware of. I'm sure that Dave (D&T) has a wealth of great funny stories that he's posted over the years.

- Rick

Rgtaxservice 16:10, 12 March 2009 (CDT)rgtaxservice

I got a response


I received a response from Vanessa thanking me for the permission. It's not a sure thing if it gets published, but I will get notified if and when it does. At which point, I will have to widen the doorway my office to allow for the increased size of my head - because publication will go right to it.

funny stories

About 10 PM last night, she contacted about 20 people for permission to publish their funny stories. Kevinh5


Thanks Tom, you know you're in trouble if a Californian wants to throw you in jail. Take care. CrowJD 18:23, 23 March 2009 (CDT)

Your new post

I love I just have to get Deback of my back...he seems to think I posted what I did with other motives. You got exactly what I was saying. Thanks taxea


Re "Tax software is not a substitute for a good tax professional"

Kevin stole that from me and I stole it from Chief....although I haven't seen him around much lately.

I'm thinking of having bumper stickers made...don't have a website so I have no idea how to market them. taxea

Route New Users to Profile

Tom I just had another thought. Can the program be set up so that new users are linked directly to their profile page and put an * on lines they would be required to fill-in. I was thinking just the lines that would be helpful in determining their level of expertise...they could still keep anything private that they want to.

It would work so that whenever they log in they as soon as they entered their login info the program would take them directly to the profile page with a notification that they will not be able to post until the "*" lines are filled in.


Like the new login page

Hi Tom I like the new login page. I copied the first line "You MUST be a Tax, Financial, or Accounting Professional to participate on TaxAlmanac." and I plan to post it along with all of my replies asking the the user fill out their profile.

Hey, what's with Deback? She jumped down my throat on the Suggestion to pros post and when I emailed her to apologize for offending her, she didn't even have the manners to respond. Oh well, can't win them all I guess.

I will pass my suggestion about the profile page link to Tim. Laura


Yes, I agree. Just enough for use to understand the level of expertise of the person. I find it helps me decide how detailed I need to make my response to a post. You know, whether or not the poster will understand the terminology I may use or whether I should post in plainer english. taxea

Now I get it

Yep, that kinda sums it all up...but you know she is quite involved with helping Tim with this site. Maybe she is nailing me because of my prior career. L

Me either

Hi I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles and hope that you continue to work your way through. It's good that you have family for support.I feel honored that you would share something personal with me. Your humor on the forum and your expertise keep me coming back.

As for "them", you are right. That post she put up didn't upset me but it surprised me that it was so snippy. One of my favorite lines this time of year is "Me stress...I don't stress, that's my clients job." One thing I learned in life is not to take on something that doesn't "belong" to you. If you didn't cause it, have no control over it, and it doesn't affect your life then it isn't yours to worry or fret about.laura

No offense meant.

I certainly did not mean offense (and my comment was actually directed to Laura, not you). I know you're having a rough time healthwise, and I'm glad to see you're still in relatively good spirits.

I didn't realize it had only gone up so recently. I assumed I simply hadn't noticed it before. AEM CPA 08:55, 31 March 2009 (CDT)

You're My Hero

Thanks. L

Tom, wanted you

Tom, I wanted to make sure you know what I intended. I just don't want a theocracy in America, no matter who is running it. I think the Christians are being short-sighted in always assuming they will be the majority religion. Look at Europe today....the largest group actually practicing their religion is the Muslims.

I am for that strong wall between church and state.CrowJD 19:24, 15 November 2009 (CST)

Exactly right Tom

Tom, as you probably remeber, I am a Roman Catholic, but I'm from the old liberal school (as I'm sure you can tell). I'm to the left of John 23rd, and far to the left of Paul 6! I won't even comment on Benedict. Hehe.

Please don't let the fact that I'm a liberal get out to Opus Dei. They've already tried to put sugar in my gas tank.

I worry about some of the protestant religions being hijacked though. They don't have a process like us RC's, and they can really get crazy and out on a limb with some of their "doctrine". Most of the time, they fly by the seat of their pants.

As you probably know, the Iranian people are quite different from the Iranian government. As you say, a lot of Iranians are very good people, and well educated to boot.CrowJD 10:42, 16 November 2009 (CST)

Always good

Tom: Ask your doctor if he thinks increasing your Vitamin D (D3) to 4,000 IU/day would be good for you. If you walk with arms and head uncovered an no sunscreen, you wouldn't need that much (maybe 2,000IU). My understanding is that the higher MS rates in some states have been linked to lack of sunlight. I think Maryland is one of them. Just throwing this out there. Perhaps you already take some vitamin D, or the doctor doesn't want you to.

Interesting website on the subject and they have some info. on MS.

Always good hearing from you. Actually, I was expecting far worse from Ratzinger when he bacame Pope, and as Benedict, he has been pretty moderate. At least so far. So, I really can't complain too much.

I agree, I don't think our military is all bad by any means. I really feel for them now, since it seems like most Americans continue on with their lives without fully recognizing the sacrifices that they make. Frankly, I think we are wasting our time trying to establish democracies where people don't want them, but hey, that's a whole book to talk about! lol.

Take care my friend. Hope you are feeling better. CrowJD 21:23, 18 November 2009 (CST)

Merry Christmas!

Tom: I hope you and yours have a merry and safe Christmas, and that you eat a lot, even if you're not supposed to! Take care. CrowJD 11:24, 24 December 2009 (CST)

Doing okay

I just finished all the returns that clients needed for school aid...Hate that the schools require the info so early in the tax year. Now I can get on to the real stuff.


Sorry Tom, have not logged in for a (long) while, so did not get your August message till now. Thanks for thinking of me! Nice to know people are good.

Hope things are well with you. Have not kept up to date on your situation. How are things?

Have been lurking off and on here. Am more regular w/ tax season.

Busy here. Spring is springing and is tough to keep the nose to the grindstone. Kids' cows calved and they are excited.

Am going to resurrect the "Best thing" thread. Will you post please?

Shawna Pierce 20:25, 3 March 2010 (CST)

Good morning


Sounds like you are keeping things under control as much as possible. Try not to let the ignorant/selfish/non-appreciative clients get to you. Will they matter next year? Have a great day! Me, I'm off to b'day party, bball game, groceries and a coffee later for a political guy. Good thing I worked yesterday, right?

Best thing is resurrected, but not much interest in it.

ShawnaPierce 11:34, 5 March 2010 (CST)

Hi Tao I read your comment to Belle. We are all losing clients with this economy. I lost some long-term clients this year because they want to save money and try to do their taxes themselves. I wouldn't take it personally.

What I say to them is, "no hard feelings but, it might be good to think about think about the old lawyers saying, 'he who represents himself has a fool for a client'".

I think I am going to start advertising compliance and offer in compromise services next year. Up to now all of my clients have been word of mouth.

Enjoy the rest of the season taxea (Laura)

Thanks for the heads-up

Tom - thanks for the info. Given that his first post was half spam, and his second was odd (did he read the question?), I was already feeling a little uncertain about that new poster. Nice to have my instincts backed up with fact. Let's hope he was just "trying us out" and won't be back again soon.

Trillium 12:46, 21 April 2010 (CDT)

Good to hear

I'm glad things are going reasonably well - hope some of those links helped you out. This profession is difficult anyway - your situation really complicates it. I was thinking of you anyway and there was a post from you! My neighbor was up this weekend (2nd home-owner) and she has had MS for over twelve years. She's coping, just as you are. Stay in touch.

Hi there

I did notice you've reappeared with a few post lately, which I'm always glad to see. Thanks for the update and I'm glad to hear things are going OK (wish they were going great, but I guess that's not always the option).

I can relate to the 'no assistant' situation as my office manager is out on maternity leave (and may not come back at all...I'm hoping once the hormones calm down that she'll realize she can't live without me :-) and a part-time, extemely competent tax prep employee is facing immediate back surgery for a herniated disk. Oh well, I've always said I can do all this myself; it's just that some of it I don't want to do!

Are your clients treating you right? You've said previously that some are quite understanding, some not quite so understanding.

A friend (not extemely close) of mine is going thru something similar (neurological compromise, not MS, but impact is similar) and it's quite disheartening. Hope your prognosis continues to at least hold even for a long time!

You've had some exteme weather this summer, haven't you (hot, wet, etc..) ?

(Are you sure a roof over the BBQ is a good idea....they can catch on fire!)

PS - I'm making your infamous garlic bread (again) for a pot luck BBQ, thanks for sharing it with me a few years ago. Belle 17:58, 20 August 2010 (CDT)


That was a great post in response to Paula (even if you did have to take a nap) - I bookmarked for future reference. Yep, I've tried the bread, to rave reviews - I now get requests to bring it to various potlucks. Glad to hear you've covered your bases with the fire resistant plywood, just in case. Here's to many more outdoor BBQ evenings for the rest of the summer. Belle 14:33, 21 August 2010 (CDT)

Yes, your contributions warrant the barnstar.

I am aware that you haven't posted as much as in the past due to health reasons, but when you do post you do give good advice. I hope you are doing well! Kevinh5

did you see this?


related news


what publicity!


does this never end?


oops, I misspelled your last name

sorry. I can fix it if you would like. Kevinh5

There is an online application that lets you

create your own headline and story:

Have fun! Kevinh5 07:43, 17 November 2010 (CST)

College, Chasing Passions

Thanks for the message, I appreciate the feedback. If you read that entire post where you quoted my thoughts on college education, you'll see that I encourage kids to at least take a gap year, and do something to enrich themselves and others. I also encourage them to chase their passion from the get go, even if it doesn't require college. I also state that for people that know they want to pursue a certain occupation, then to definitely attend college if it's required. Accounting happens to be one of those professions, I would have to say. :)

I'm glad you chose to leave the world of the firm and do your own thing. I don't have kids outside of my adopted "rink family", but nothing in the world is more important than your family, so that's awesome you're able to do that.

You misunderstand "preacher"

Tom, I am using the word "preacher" ironically like I like to preach at people. I am NOT an actual preacher.

I am certainly not a Protestant preacher as I believe the carnate flesh is not evil. I am a truly Sacremental fellow (but so few understand what the Sacremental, carnate nature is). Anyway. I believe Roman Catholics should believe in the Book of James which means Catholics should try to be good on THIS EARTH. Otherwise, what is the use of Confession?

I am a social Gospel, 100% Dorothy Day Vatican II Roman Catholic. Eek! Lord Tom, you might have fainted by now. lol.

Since I am a Vatican II Catholic, I am very out of style and out of fashion today. You know exactly what I mean. I am a 100% liberal Catholic and everything that Opus Die (and Domino's Pizza) is against. (Smile).

However, like most people here I am also a man of the world.

Feel free to send me the joke right here, and if it's off color, I'll just erase it immediately! I'll enjoy every minute of it.

CrowJD 02:40, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

I'm wore out fighting this tax cut

Tom: I would have no problem at all posting my Email on here for you, but a couple of years ago someone else here tried to get my Email using a false name and I ended up having to report it to law enforcement. No one here knows my real Email or name (though some think they do).

Again, it has absolutely nothing to do with you but not everyone is as nice as you are. CrowJD 13:46, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

On advice

Tom, it's on the advice of law enforcement. Has zero to do with you. It's completely silly and I feel silly about it. As I've said before, no one here knows my identity even those who think they do. I had a very wierd incident happen from this board that I won't go into.

As far as you go, I'm very sorry to hear you are in the hospital! I had no idea. Not a great way to start the holiday. Tom I thought you had stabilized. You sure you won't ask your doctor about those bees I told you about? (The bees might be a quack cure but I heard they could be helpful for MS, unfortunately you have to let them sting you). Anway.

Diabetes is the monkey on my back. It's like carrying around two cement blocks around your ankles. I've done an ok job of losing weight this year, but I do worry about my kidneys.

My hopes are you are able to feel better and get home to enjoy Christmas. I'm sure you will. (I won't say anything about the nurses, but watch your blood pressure. lol.). CrowJD 17:40, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

I'm very sorry to hear that

People don't realize how much mental space a physical illness takes up. I've done my share of suffering (though not nearly as much as some people endure) and I do take comfort that I can perhaps contribute my suffering to hopefully lessen the suffering of others.

I do hope you feel better in time for the actual Christmas holiday!CrowJD 05:11, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

Your friend


In the fall of 2004, my future wife Pam was in NE PA to visit her daughter, a neer do-well in her early 30s married to a piece of crap and with two children. Daughter was not working at that time, having lost a job at a local bank. Mother and daughter went shopping; when they returned to the house the State police were there to arrest daughter on charges of stealing 8K+ from her PTA......long story short, she and husband were convicted and though my wife repaid the money (out of her 401K distribution when she left her job of 20 years), both were sentenced to jail. Husband for 45 days, wife for 90. Later while in jail, my wife had to pay two outstanding warrants where daughter had given Walmart bad checks (probably for the Christmas gift she gave us). Nothing has ever been the same; it turned out less than a year later, daughter died of leukemia, which was not diagnosed until six weeks before death. Son-in-law stopped paying the mortgage and land rent on the trailer he and kids lived in but owned by my wife, so that finally she had to try to evict him (but the landowner got there first).

I know where you are coming from, and hope for the best

Death&Taxes 14:50, 21 December 2010 (UTC)


What a sad story. From personal experience (with a child abuse case, I know how such news makes one question how well we know people (or think we know them). What a brutal hit right before the holidays. Try not let it impact your overall trust in mankind.

And, by the way, how are you? Hope you are holding your own and enjoying the holidays. Belle 18:40, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes, still using DRAKE

and I love it! Much cheaper than Lacerte that I was using in my practice in GA. I toured the Drake facilities in Oct and met Phil Drake and lots of employees and was very impressed. Kevinh5

How ya doing?

I always like to see you posting. I know your weather has been brutal (so has mine, long & heavy winter so far - hey, wait, isn't it spring !?!). Belle

Hi there

Good to see you out & about on TA. How'd your tax season end up, and how's your health? As you can see, Kevin got fed up with a bunch of folks here and is taking a sabatical. Sure do hope we can entice him back soon. Belle 17:54, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

I did see...

That you had some setbacks. I had a bad chest cold, and lost my voice for a week in early February, and then couldn't shake it for about five weeks. And once you get behind, there is just no way to catch up in just the ten weeks. But, I'm preaching to the choir, eh? I truly can't imagine how you cope with MS and the stresses of tax season. That's good news about the disability income (I think I should look into that for myself). Hope it kicks in soon to alleviate those cash flow problems for you.

I love my "new" office - I've been here for six years, but just bought it from the landlord. The timing was right. Assuming the extra overhead was a bit scary, but it felt like the thing to do. I'm into controlling my own destiny, even if the immediate economics impact my cash flow. Belle

Thanks - I think you'd be great

There's a lot more interest than I thought there would be, and in fact over the weekend I started to put together a list of things people could just start doing without even needing to be "selected" by Tim Doyle (depending on Tim's schedule and demands with other responsibilities, he may not be able to put TA as priority #1 right now, and we don't want that to delay things).

I'll post that list of "tasks" at some point this week - maybe tonight, but more likely in another day or so. Most of it you already know and are already doing (getting rid of obvious spam, redirecting discussions that get contentious, etc. - you're a natural at that one!, stuff like that), so please just keep doing that to the extent you've got time.

Trillium 02:08, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

editing because I forgot to say please: Oops, there should have been a "please" in that last paragraph - I just stuck it in there after-the-fact. Trillium

just checking

Hi Tom, Yes, I'm doing fine. We had a nice May Day celebration today, and May is Bike Month, so there's lots of stuff going on with not enough time to do it.Natalie 07:40, 2 May 2011 (UTC)Natalie

Thanks - I'm also relying on Section 104(a)(3).


What are you doing up so late? I thought of you recently for two reasons - friends in town for a funeral. One friend started discussing his 'green egg'; and there was a color guard with bagpipes at the service. Hope you are doing OK. Belle 03:35, 28 May 2011 (UTC)


Guess I just assumed (with your condition) that you didn't keep late hours. Shows what I know, eh; I'm a night owl myself.

It was a service for a fireman (client and friend, plus he used to work on my husband's shift). Died of a massive heart attack - age 54, so not in the line of duty but it is considered presumptive; his widow will get full benefits. Emotional enough at that; I can't imaging a line of duty one.

Hope your weekend is better than mine - we received 3" of snow last night! I live in the mountains, but this is getting ridiculous. Can't plant my vegetable garden yet! Belle 20:13, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi Tom -

Thank you for the nice note in response to my post yesterday regarding the possible use of an 8879 to substitute for a signature on an unsigned late return. I appreciate knowing how others handle matters like this.

Yes, our background is similar. I think it's a good background since I think it allows me to adjust client's accounting systems to provide better mgnt information rather than just information that nicely fits a tax form.

Maybe we have more similarities? If you're in a pipe band and your name is O'Connor, are you of Scottish descent? My grandfather was from Glasgow Scotland. He was a Wilson of the Gunn clan.

Are you in practice with lots of other CPA's or are you more "small firm"? I am the only CPA in my company but have three others (CFA, CPA, and accountant) I partner with depending on size and client needs. You open to practice questions sometimes? I'd be happy to share what I encounter and how I handle it, too, if you're interested.

Also, maybe you have some TA search tips. I learn a lot from reading it but when I need something specific, I spend too much time searching for it and never know if I didn't find it or it wasn't there to start wtih.

Have a lovely day.


Thank you, Tom. Dawn

Tom, could you look at

Discussion:Prometric Survey. NoVaTaxes says his/her post came up with YOUR ID TaoCPA. I've since edited it to NoVaTaxes, but did you make that post?

If not, could I please ask you to change your password to a stronger one? Something wierd is going on. Thank you, Kevinh5


Yes, that is a dam good joke. Kevinh5

Tom, if you're in today (Sunday)

I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions by phone. Thanks Kevinh5

Grain of Salt

Tom, I'll write you the same thing I did Solomon.

I should not have said O'Reilly was evil. I don't know the man's heart.

However, there's only around four of us liberals here surrounded by a sea of conservations and I have to spice up my writing to make a point.

Tom, I'm still a fan of John 23 and Paul 6. John 23 had the right idea but he didn't go far enough. Paul 6 is an underappreciated Pope.

I actually think Vatican II was good for the Church. I saw brotherhood and real smiles on faces and frankly less politics.

As far as communism, that's true. However, I think the church gave up it's moral authority in the fight with communism. In other words: Moreno. Latin America. The Church failed Latin America.

They needed liberation theology and Ratzinger advised JP II to ignore the injustices of Latin America, basically. They made communism into too big of a booger bear. Extreme communism would have fallen on it's own. The Church should have gotten more involved in Latin America to help these people. Just my opinion and I could be wrong of course.

(Crow) Gazoo 22:37, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Benedict, John Paul II intelligent highly educated

Tom, I'll say one more thing and I'll make this point if it comes up on the board again.

John Paul II was an extremely intelligent philosopher. Benedict (Ratzinger) is even deeper and more intelligent, and again, a very well read philosopher.

So they are not just theologians and church leaders reading a script. I give them a lot of credit for this.

I don't blame the sex scandal on John Paul, this had been going on in the church for a LONG, LONG time. However, I must unfortunately conclude that he turned a blind eye to the coverup. You can't cover up anything in the age of the internet.

Anyway, it all came out in the open. It always does. I love dudes. I personally do not blame this on gays. I do not believe gay = pedophile. Look at Fr. Marcel, he had a wife in Mexico and he still found time to molest seminarians.

I'd hate to see all gays made the scapegoat for what happened.

I understand there are strong differences of opinion on this issue.

I think a lot of priests repressed their sexuality in general and when you put a lid on something it comes out in strange ways. They were put in the seminary too young back then.

Take care. I am going to tone down my political rants in the spirit of compromise. <G> CrowJD 01:36, 29 June 2011 (UTC)


Tom, I appreciate your comments. I agree with you we need to get beyond left and right somehow. We put this label of left and right on people and we forget that their lives are very complex and they are dealing with many relationships and issues of their own. I am guilty of this myself. People are not just one thing. Good talking to you. CrowJD 15:50, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Sorry I went in first

Sorry, I went in to delete your duplicate post and I think I got in your way. CrowJD 20:11, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

He could be

Tom, he could believe in the political theory of anarchy. In other words people who don't like the government and they believe in chaos for the sake of chaos.

I've never really understood an anarchist. By the way, you got be interested, so I did a search on the web. His actual screen name is: Anarchrist...He's got the word Christ in the screen name.

Check this out:

Maybe he is one of these people? CrowJD 12:07, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Representive government

Tom, basically these people think all government is bad it seems.

They don't believe in representative government.

They don't want to pay taxes for anything unless they voluntarily consent to each expenditure of their penny. Of course, modern society and modern government would come to a complete standstill if this were to occur.

This would not have worked in 1776, much less today. Take care! CrowJD 14:07, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Tom, the NAEA conference went well.

Unfortunately, I went to the craps tables and gambled away all of my speaking engagement fees. So all-in-all, I guess I broke even in Vegas. The limo driver told me that really counts as a 'win'. I stayed two extra days and took in several shows - Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian, three magic shows, and DIVAS, a female impersonator show. All were excellent. I've seen two of the three magicians before, but love to see them always. Kevinh5

Doh! I should have sent it out a few days ago.

Thank you for sharing.

Just sent. Kevinh5

And you?

I've been lurking a bit, and have seen your posts - particularly regarding Irene. Sounds as if you survived without too much angst or damage. My office manager is headed to NH next week for a wedding; she just found out that some of the roads they need to travel have been washed out. It's becoming apparent that the rain/flooding damage is by far the worst of it. I rode out a hurricane ten years ago in the Caribbean; supposed to be on a sailboat, but "Lennie" arrived and confined us to land for five days before we were then allowed to take the boat out. Quite the experience; before, during and after....

Summer has been good for me, lots of golf (just returned from a morning lesson). Work is fine, just having trouble knuckling down (typical summer mind-set). I do have a friend who is facing what you are; it's not MS but something very similar. It's a brutal thing to be confronted with; I think of you when I talk to her. Makes me appreciate my health, and helps stop the complaining when I have a backache, headache, etc.

Hope you've been able to get out & enjoy the summer a bit. It's hard to believe that Labor Day is this weekend! Belle 18:42, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

So the flood is over, and Noah is letting the animals off of the ark....

Two by two they leave.

"Go forth and multiply!" says Noah.

The camels walk down the plank, smiling. One hump or two?

The flamingos are entwined neck and neck. So are the giraffes.

Everyone is happy, ready to be fruitful, as Noah commanded.

Everyone, it seems, except a poor pair of snakes. They are obviously sad.

"Why the long faces?" asked Noah.

"We can't multiply," replied the male snake "we're Adders."


Tom, you never said whether you liked the joke or not.

I'm sure you got the pun. Kevinh5

UC Irvine: Glucosamine like substance suppresses MS symptoms

It does more than suppress symptoms.

It stops attacks and reverses the progression to paralysis. Sounds like a very interesting study.

Take care. CrowJD 11:52, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

Happy Holidays

Hope you are doing OK, and enjoying the season. I made your garlic bread for a recent Monday Night Football potluck and it was a big hit! Take care of yourself. Belle 17:16, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

You betcha

I'm always looking for good recipes and you seem to be quite the cook :-) Belle

Your update to the new posters page

I finally got around to looking at the feedback page and saw your message....a year ago....good work. I found it to be much more diplomatic than I could ever be. My cop background sometimes gets the best of me when it comes to "just the facts". I am well aware that my posts often are short and to the point. I try to give "food for thought" and get people to do their own research, especially when the question, to me, is so basic.

Well hope you have a great season. Laurataxea 16:34, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Just a HI from HI

Back at ya! Hawaii and I are doing just great. I have gotten some new clients this year that haven't filed since 2007. So much fun! I love my job!

I am trying to get into compliance and OIC but it usually turns out the the TP who hasn't paid the IRS can't afford to pay the preparer. So I take a retainer that will cover the filing of all back returns and tell the client that once the IRS has posted the returns we can go on to an OIC which, of course, will require an additional retainer. At least I am able to get them up to date and make the IRS a bit more aware of them. I hate paying other peoples' taxes....if they don't pay them the burden falls on the rest of us.

Anyhow! How are you doing...good to hear from you.

I best get to work now. Laurataxea 17:45, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

I enjoyed meeting for lunch today!

Let's do it again next time I'm in the DC area or if you come down to North Carolina! Kevinh5 20:05, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

That would be outstanding!

Happy to have more hands on the admin side. You were doing a lot of that before, in any case (explaining to students and non-pros why they should seek help elsewhere, etc.).

I am not at my main computer today, so I probably don't have all of the info you'd need, but here's a good starting point: Volunteering behind the scenes on TaxAlmanac. One informal update to that: we must have gotten on some spammer list [of sites that are easy to post spam on], because the spammers have been out of control - beyond the ability of any group of people to keep up with. Tim Doyle was hoping to implement some technical/automatic prevention, but we've had no recent update on that. Anyway, Kevin and I (and Belle and a few others who had been helping to clean up the spam) just agreed to let it sit that as long as it wasn't on a *discussion* or on a real participant's user page/talk page, we would just let it stay. The big influx of spammers were either creating articles, or posting spam on their own user and talk pages, so that really shouldn't interfere with tax pros' usage of the site.

There's another stage to the admin work, which would allow you to block repeat spammers and delete discussions, but Tim Doyle has to manage that. And generally, the items on that link above are more important anyway, and can be done without changing your user privileges at all. So it'll be easier all around to start out with one or more things from that list that look interesting or seem to need doing, from your perspective.

Let me know if more info is needed for any of that - I'll be online only sporadically the next few days, but will try to be responsive (because THANKS for pitching in, and happy to have you back around more!).

Trillium 22:24, 4 January 2013 (UTC) - edited Trillium 00:45, 5 January 2013 (UTC) as I was obviously in too much of a hurry before!


Thanks for the welcome. PEH 06:14, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Certification Question

Hi. How do you get the certifications to appear on your user page? For a professional tax preparer certification to appear on my page, would I have to put my PTIN number or California CTEC number somewhere? Thanks. PEH 06:23, 9 January 2013 (UTC)


Just Hi..I've been MIA from TA for a while. Hope you're doing OK Belle 06:43, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Stay warm

You guys are getting some cold temps, eh... does the cold really impact you ? We are in a major drought here in No. Cal with virtually no snow here in the Sierra. Makes life easy, but doesn't bode well for summer. I'm sure glad TA is back up and running.


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