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 an LL.M Taxation. I needed only to don my cape…. taxgirl® was born.

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. Currently, I am a managing shareholder at The Erb Law Firm, P.C., where I focus on tax law for businesses and families. I’m also a Senior Contributor at Forbes Media, LLC where I write about tax and tax policy, including tax-related security & technology issues.

I’ve 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 three books, including Ask the TaxGirl: Everything Parents Should Know About Filing Taxes and Home, Sweet Rental: Busting The Hype Of Homeownership, together with Forbes.

You can find more about what I write and what I’m doing 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 trademarks (both Taxgirl and Ask The Taxgirl are trademarked). I’ve seen the name attached to all kinds of social media, services, and merch. 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 like Quora and I don’t own a tax preparation site.
  • Most importantly, if it’s a tax site not affiliated with taxgirl.com, it’s 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 doesn’t constitute legal advice. 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 have ties to a law firm. And rumor has it, I am a practicing attorney at said law firm. But this blog is not 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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