about me

Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anything like that in the future I enrolled in a tax course. I loved it. I signed up for another. Before I knew it, in addition to my JD, I had a LL.M Taxation. With two graduate degrees and an internship at the Internal Revenue Service attorney’s department under my belt, I needed only to don my cape…. taxgirl® was born.

Today, I live and work in Pennsylvania. I moved to PA from rural NC to attend Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, PA.

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, looked at his file and said, “Gentleman, she’s exactly right.” I nearly fainted.

I love to write and talk tax. In addition to taxgirl.com, I’ve also written about taxes for Reuters, Time, and AOL’s WalletPop, and has been tapped for my ability to explain taxes in plain English by Esquire, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, CBS Radio’s Marketwatch, Inc., and the Philadelphia Inquirer. I’ve also been interviewed for a movie, An Inconvenient Tax, focusing on tax reform. I’ve also published two books, Ask the TaxGirl: Everything Parents Should Know About Filing Taxes and Home, Sweet Rental: Busting The Hype Of Homeownership, together with Forbes. Now, I’m at Forbes full time as a Senior Editor. How fun is that?

You can find out more about where and what I write here; recent interviews and appearances can be found here.

(Did I mention that I drink a lot of coffee?)

And just to clarify, there are a number of folks flitting about the internet who feel that it’s okay to use my trademark. I’ve seen the name attached to sales of terrorist tee shirts (yeah, nice), comments about drug use, pushing merch and the like. Here are a few tips:

  • If it says taxgirl and doesn’t talk about tax, it’s probably not me. And if it’s giggly stuff about staying out too late and partying, also not me (I have three kids, who are you kidding?).
  • And if it involves anything illicit, definitely not me – remember, my mother could be reading.
  • I don’t answer questions on yahoo.com or other sites and I don’t own a tax preparation site.
  • Most importantly, if it’s a tax site not registered at www.taxgirl.com, it’s not me. There are a few rogue sites flitting about – not me.

And finally, let’s make sure we understand a couple of things, ok?

1. Unless you have a representation letter in hand, you and I don’t have an attorney-client relationship, capiche? I mean, I’m sure you’re a nice person. I appreciate you stopping by the blog. But it doesn’t mean anything more (I’m having a weird deja vu to a couple of bad dates in college).

2. This blog isn’t meant to offer you legal advice. I’m just calling it like it is. If you have questions, you can check out the archives and see if I have some answers. If you can’t find your answer, you can always try asking me. But if you have real questions – i.e. you’re hiding in a closet while the feds bang on your door – you need to consult with a tax professional. If you live in my corner of the world, that might be me. But see #1.

3. I do work at a law firm. Some might even say I’m a partner at said law firm. But this blog is in no way affiliated with my law firm. The other partner and my malpractice carrier insist on it. And I have to live with one of them. And it’s not my malpractice carrier. So, again see #1.

4. I’m not responsible for anything anybody says on this blog except me. But play nice. I don’t want to have to throw you out of here (there’s that deja vu to college again).

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