Have a question for me? Before you ask, 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. But it doesn’t mean anything more (I’m having a weird déja 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 be legal or accounting advice. It’s information. 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 or legal professional (or perhaps both). If you live in my corner of the world, that might be me. But see #1.
- Once upon a time, I started a law firm. I still work for that law firm. However, this blog is in no way affiliated with my law firm. One of the founding partners 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 that anybody might add or comment on the site. So play nice. I don’t want to have to throw you out of here (there’s that déja vu to college again).
- In just the last 10 years, the tax code has been amended or revised over 4,000 times. Um, that’s a lot. And it changed even more in 2017 with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – that was a massive piece of information. The reality is that when it comes to tax, the target is always moving. When I post information, it’s current as of that date. But I can’t promise that the laws, regulations, or other guidance won’t change from the time I post to the time that you’re reading. Always pay attention to dates (you’ll find them on the post) as well as any updates or notes from me (I typically note those at the top or bottom, depending on the content) and keep in mind that the content may not be current or applicable to your particular situation.
I have kids. They have all been raised in the same house with the same set of rules. But every one of them can – and will – give me a different account of the facts that resulted in a broken dish or overfed fish. The same is true for questions that appear on my site. Context and details matter. No matter how closely you may think your situation aligns with another person’s question on this site, keep in mind that the law (and other tax rules) will vary based on different facts and circumstances.
- And one more thing. I’m not here to help you cheat the system. That should be obvious. But just in case, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants me to reiterate that I’m not. This blog also isn’t intended to help you get rich, lose weight, have whiter teeth, or regrow hair that has been lost. I can’t guarantee dates or life matches or help you make friends (in fact, it’s arguable that if your friends find out that you read a tax blog, you could lose friends). I have never made a good stock tip and I can’t buy your gold. I’m also miserable at making pie.