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Enough already! What’s all this nonsense with the birthday wishes from total strangers?

 

Have the best birthday

And I have no idea who you are!

My birthday was recently.   I recall maybe half a dozen years ago, when my kids were in middle school. and on their birthdays they would get over a 100 birthday wishes from their friends on Facebook.  It was pretty standard in those days and they probably still get them today. At the time, I didn’t have a FaceBook account although I do now, but honestly I don’t have a lot of friends or family on it, I mostly have tax colleagues, and I can sit for hours in my little tax colleague groups and bitch and moan about clients. It just never gets old!

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My first Tax Court case…

1a1602555a852674a56f4ee84964641b[1]I thought this would be a nice way to kick off my blog.  So, Monday, I had the pleasure of actually trying in Tax Court my first in person court case. This has not previously occurred because (1) I only received my Tax Court license a little over a year ago and (2) all of my cases to date have settled. This isn’t a bad thing, and is I am certain settling has always been in the client’s best interests. A case in court is always the last resort. As much as I crave the limelight, there is just no reason to leave matters for a judge to decide if you can avoid it. So how did this all happen? Well, I was there attending a session of the court as I tend to do actually because the Mass Society of Enrolled Agents had a special visit which Keith Fogg had helped to organize and I was attending just for fun. Then a trial occurred with a taxpayer that was appearing unrepresented, pro se, as they say. Read More

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