Should Wealthy People Pay More in Income Taxes?

Should Wealthy People Pay More in Income Taxes?
One of my goals over the past couple years is to post at least once a week, either to this site or my personal site. That, despite the fact that some weeks my mind is more mushy than the monkey brains served to Indiana Jones during his family friendly descent through his heart rending rom ...

An Accounting Career When The Big 4 Accounting Firms Suck

An Accounting Career When The Big 4 Accounting Firms Suck
I went into accounting for two primary reasons: job security and money. On those fronts, I made a good choice. Not all is perfect is Accountlandia, of course. One thing that I remember wondering before college graduation was about my options as a tax accountant if that first job didn’t pan out. I’ve now been ...

You Want To Be An Accountant – Hopes and Dreams Edition

You Want To Be An Accountant - Hopes and Dreams Edition
An accountant and an insurance agent walk into a bar. I know, it sounds like a setup for a bad joke (with a punchline about how everyone else was so bored with their conversation that they fell asleep). In my case, though, it’s an intro to a conversation that I had earlier this week. We have ...

Unlimited PTO Only Works If You Get Time Off

Unlimited PTO Only Works If You Get Time Off
Every time I see Grant Thornton trying a new, earth shattering initiative, I curl in a ball under my desk, fighting off the flood of memories threatening to break down the thin wall between sanity and madness. The latest foolhardy attempt by Grant Thornton to fight their way into the Big 4 is by offering Unlimited PTO. I’m sure ...

Corporate Vs Public Accounting: Tax Edition

Corporate Vs Public Accounting: Tax Edition
This morning, I had a red light flashing on my phone. New message. It hadn’t been there when I left yesterday, so it could only have come after hours. When a new message appears over night, it is almost always the same thing: a recruiter whose out fishing late at night. This caller was no different. Another ...

More Accountants Ruining Joke

More Accountants Ruining Joke
I’ve been told on multiple occasions that I have a very dry sense of humor (I blame an almost fanatical devotion to Monty Python sketch comedy in Middle School), and certainly I’ve had jokes fall flat. But sometimes it’s not my fault. Some accountants just need to lighten up. For example, last month I was part ...

The Worst Part About Multistate Taxes

The Worst Part About Multistate Taxes
Every time I have to deal with state taxes, I get frustrated with the Postal Code state sorting mess. That means “Maine” comes before “Maryland,” which comes before “Massachusetts” when it’s all spelled out, but it’s reversed if you sort “ME,” “MD,” and “MA.” With each department sending over data like our sort standards are the ...

IRS2Go – This IRS App is a Game changer, folks!

IRS2Go - This IRS App is a Game changer, folks!
I’ve dreamed for years that the IRS could always be with me in my pocket. Well, they were nightmares, actually, but that’s besides the point. The important issue is that those dreams have come true, with the new and improved IRS2Go app! To quote the app listing page, downloading this app will connect you “with ...

Watch Out Norcross–Your City Could Sell Your House

Watch Out Norcross--Your City Could Sell Your House
Last night, while I was working hard breaking in our couches and keeping the TV screen from burning in, I stumbled upon one of those fun local news stories. Apparently the City of Norcross, Georgia decided it’d be a good idea to sell a woman’s condo for her without letting her know. At least not ...

10/15 and California Tax Returns

10/15 and California Tax Returns
It’s 10/15, which means that the bulk of tax returns are due, and there’s a really long wait at the post office: So while waiting in line, I thought I’d quickly post on what I realized to be California’s biggest problem. And I mean that more literally than I’d like. See those two returns up ...