Best Tax Pictures on Flickr

Best Tax Pictures on Flickr
While placed on an interminable hold with ThomsonReuters, I decided to check out Flickr for the best Creative Commons images that come up when you search for the word “tax.” Although the majority were pictures from protests (either for or against other people paying taxes), I was able to weed out a few that are ...

Professional Tax Software Rant

Professional Tax Software Rant
Since I have to get through something like 130 state returns over the coming weeks, it’s been a bit busy around here. So instead of writing an insightful post that no one will read, I’m going to do a quick, ranting post that no one will read. Side note: some of my posts actually get ...

Is Any Portion of Self Employment Tax Deductible?

Is Any Portion of Self Employment Tax Deductible?
(This is part of a series looking at various common 1040 questions. To go back to the summary page, click here) Self employment taxes are the bear trap of the tax world: technically you should have read that small sign warning about them, and maybe you should have seen them hidden just off the beaten path, but ...

Tax Inversions, Patriotism, and Screwing Up Obamacare

Tax Inversions, Patriotism, and Screwing Up Obamacare
While I was looking through my analytics yesterday, I found an odd search query that had somehow brought someone to my page: “more patriotic-sounding alternative to tax invetsion [sp].” Maybe if they had spelled “inversion” right it would have come up with some witty list of patriotic euphemisms. The best idea I can come up with is “The Eagle’s Plight.” ...

Moving Expense Tax Deduction for 2014

Moving Expense Tax Deduction for 2014
(This is part of a series looking at various common 1040 questions. To go back to the summary page, click here) My dad speaks German, and when he overhears someone speaking German in the US, he can’t help but interject for a brief chat. When he asks the tourist what they think of the US, they almost all ...

Out-Of-Office Email Deleter – Good or Bad?

Out-Of-Office Email Deleter - Good or Bad?
Ever since jumping out of the public accounting ship, email has started shifting from inundating flood to a genuine means of communication (though it still triggers bouts of PTSD from time to time). Public accounting email served as that electronic leash, rigged up to your smart phone as a constant reminder that your life is not ...

Accounting Puns Sure To Get You Groaned Out of the Party

Accounting Puns Sure To Get You Groaned Out of the Party
Accounting is Accrual Profession! Get it? Accrual sounds like “a cruel”? Yeah, I know, pretty bad. It’s one of those accounting puns that you’d expect Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt telling Barney Varmn and co. to side splitting laughter while the audience mentally thanks the guidance councilor who steered them away from accounting. My parents got me ...

1040 Line 24 – Reservists, Performing Artists, etc.

1040 Line 24 - Reservists, Performing Artists, etc.
(This is part of a series looking at various common 1040 questions. To go back to the summary page, click here) Sometimes tax law is confusing on its own, and sometimes the IRS makes it confusing by jamming too much information into one line. 1040 Line 24 qualifies for the latter treatment, with so much information that ...

No, Accountants Can’t Spell

No, Accountants Can't Spell
A few years back I wrote a series about “What Do Accountants Do.” Well, one thing we don’t do is spell. I sent several returns on to my boss, and this was the only review point I got back:   Story of my life. I just got a voice mail from my elementary school demanding their diploma ...