Have a tax question? Don’t know where to turn? Ask the taxgirl™ !

Okay, here’s your chance to ask me your questions about tax and the Tax Code. And yes, there are caveats. What did you expect? I am, after all, an attorney.

  • Keep your personally identifiable information out of your question. This is the internet, remember? If you say things like “I’m the only doctor in my town and my wife is blind,” folks may know it’s you. I’m not going to redact your questions. So use a little common sense.
  • I’ll answer as many questions as I can, hopefully at the pace of about one per week. Don’t resend the same question and don’t get annoyed if I don’t answer your question in the first place. I could be researching it. I could be saving it for a specific time of year (i.e., end of year planning). I could be clueless. I could think it sucks. Hey, it’s my blog, I’ll do what I want.
  • I live in Philly. I don’t know the local tax laws in Burgaw, NC; Castine, ME or any other place outside of my locality. I can’t answer state and local questions, sorry.
  • Keep it short. This isn’t War & Peace. It’s “Ask the taxgirl™ ” It’s meant to be a quick stop for information. Give me as much information as you think I’ll need without boring me and the other readers to death… For the most part, leave dollar figures out (unless it’s absolutely relevant). Just ask your question.
  • I really like to answer tax policy questions. Yes, that means I like to tell you what I think. I’m that way – but you knew that already.
  • I also like to talk about being a tax attorney. You can ask questions about that, too. But don’t ask me for a job, an internship, a reference, a letter for your mother. I won’t answer you.
  • This is meant to be a quick answer, to get you thinking or looking in the right direction. It is not a substitute for consulting with a competent tax professional, i.e., if you’re being audited, if there are IRS collections agents on your doorstep, if you are considering fleeing to Namibia to avoid criminal charges, don’t ask me what I think, contact your tax professional. That’s like bleeding profusely from a severed limb and writing into to the folks at Web MD to see what they think – they’re going to tell you to see a freakin’ doctor!
  • If you’re looking for representation, this isn’t the place to ask me. This is an advice column. If you want to find out more about my practice, you can check out my web page. Otherwise, please don’t offer to pay me to answer a question or send me an email asking if I can go to court for you. There’s no attorney-client thing going on here. If you don’t have a representation letter from me, I don’t represent you. Capiche?
  • I often get lots of questions about the same topics. It would be really helpful if you could put the subject of your question in the subject line of your email so that I can tell what’s *hot* right now.
  • Believe it or not, I didn’t grow up under a rock. I’ve been at this blogging thing for a bit. So if you think you’re being clever by sending your advertisement/promotion/tax treatise/election propaganda wrapped up in the guise of a question, you’re not. You’re just annoying. And rude.
  • And because the IRS has lots and lots of rules about this stuff, here’s my 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 web site 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 document. So there.
  • I reserve the right to add more caveats – that’s what lawyers do – as we go along, so check back often.

With all of that in mind, ask away!  Note that, to protect your privacy, I prefer that you ask questions via email.