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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:09 PM

7. Yup. We had this discussion offline about 2 or 3 years ago, and I went into the complexity of the

tax return and all that. There's no way anyone can do it in under 2 hours, I'm not going to repeat all that again. Frankly, I'm not impressed by speed.

I also strongly believe in checking the return no matter who does it, because of the thing I'm required to sign at the bottom of the tax form -

"Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete".

I can't honestly sign that without looking at it over, carefully. Having been an engineer and having supervised engineers and technicians (both very numerically intensive professions, at least in the particular line of work I was in), I know there always will be a certain error rate that differs from person to person, but it's there.

By going over the return carefully I also find things that helps me save on taxes in the future. Or even in the present, I have occasionally found an error that when corrected saved me money. And in general, I just understand taxes a lot better than if I signed whatever was put in front of me.

I'm glad that you feel it's working for you, and I feel what I'm doing is working for me.

But anyway, each to their own.

I really don't have the time to do a roundy-round on this, or on how dumb I was to keep this guy for so long, particularly given that we ploughed this furrow thoroughly 2 or 3 years ago, so I hope we can leave it at this.

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