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Archive for February 28th, 2006

One kind of filing system

Posted by taxguru on February 28, 2006

Others use shoe boxes.

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Posted by taxguru on February 28, 2006

Don’t Forget about 2006 Tax Law Changes – From Intuit’s latest issue of ProConnection

 

IRS Related Photoshop contest – Some funny IRS pics from the creative folks at FreakingNews. Too many to post here, so take a browse through them.

 

House Leaders Indicate Budget Process Reform, Spending Cuts Likely I’m not holding my breath waiting for this to actually ever happen, especially not with the current crew of drunken sailors in charge. 

 

Estate Tax Must Go, Says Frist Uphill battle against the growing number of supporters of Marxist wealth redistribution, such as this blogger.

 

Questions Remain on Private Collection as IRS Poised to Hand Out Contracts – What could possibly go wrong with freelance tax collectors?  Look at who’s waiting to use his skills in this lucrative profession.

 

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

Posted by taxguru on February 28, 2006


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I’ve got the 1040 blues.

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Free Tax Help

Posted by taxguru on February 28, 2006

From an attorney:

Subject: EIC disallowance

Dear Mr. Kerstetter:

Regarding your blog reader who inquired about challenging the disallowance of the EIC, another alternative would be to contact the nearest law school.  Many law schools offer low-income tax law assistance and can help with a Tax Court petition.  The matter will probably be resolved before it gets to litigation, and the representation is free.  Not all taxpayers qualify, and not all schools have this program, but it is an effective recourse for a taxpayer with limited means.

My Reply:

That’s a very good idea, which I will pass along.

That sounds like a slightly more technical version of the IRS’s VITA program, where I got my start in the tax prep profession over 30 years ago while an accounting student in college

Thanks for sharing that idea.

Kerry Kerstetter

 Follow-Up:

I appreciate your reply.  I did both VITA and tax law clinic as a law student at Quinnipiac and enjoyed both of them.  The clinic requires students to focus much more on tax procedure than on aspects of the return.  If you want more information on these programs, I would suggest asking Prof. Paul Caron of the TaxProf Blog; he probably can get you a list of schools that offer assistance to low-income taxpayers.  Thank you for your work on your sites; they’re always enjoyable.
 
 

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Top Ten H&R Block Excuses

Posted by taxguru on February 28, 2006

From David Letterman’s Late Show:

10. “Instead of CPA training, employees got CPR training”

9. “Forgot to carry the one 32 million times”

8. “For years we’ve been secretly funding Hamas”

7. “H was out sick that day and R was on jury duty”

6. “We were using Martha Stewart’s guy”

5. “Were testing the world’s first accounting monkey”

4. “Come on, it’s a couple of dollars. It’s not like we shot a guy in the face…”

3. “Hard to stay focused when you’ve been drinking since April 16th”

2. “Thirty-two million dollars?! We lose that much on a good day”

1. “Hoping for hot make-up sex with the IRS”

 

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