Let’s make sure we understand a few things, ok?
- 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).
- Unfortunately, it is impossible to give comprehensive tax advice over the internet, no matter how well researched or written. This blog isn’t meant to offer you legal advice. I’m just calling it like it is. 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- And one more thing. I’m not here to help you cheat the system. That should be obvious. But just in case it’s not, the IRS wants me to reiterate that I’m not. So consider this your Circular 230 Notice:
IRS Circular 230 notice: In order to comply with requirements imposed by the IRS, I must inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this blog is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter that is contained in this blog.
It will also fail to make you rich, lose weight, get white teeth or regrow hair that has been lost. I can’t guarantee dates or life matches (in fact, it’s arguable that if your friends find out that you read a tax blog, you could lose points). I have never made a good stock tip and I can’t buy your gold. I’m also miserable at making pie.
If you still have a question, check out these tips before you “ask the taxgirl.”