If you can pass the scrutiny, though, and there's no reason that most simple and honest filers shouldn't, feel free to click over on the Complete Tax logo to the right -- I get an affiliate vig. It's half the cost of most tax software or even the cheapest preparer service!
Friday, January 31, 2003
Ms Money has a reference list for financial planner titles, including a few more that are less closely related to taxes -- such as the investment advisors known as CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant).
Tax Observer, it should be noted for my regular readers (are there any of you yet?), is considering looking at achieving some sort of certified professional status, while his technology career remains on hold.
Tax Observer, therefore, to shed more light on the subject and dissipate the heat, will begin a series of articles explaining Schedule Cs and ending with an explanation of how best to handle an SUV deduction. Whether you, as a well-paid professional, deserve this deduction is a matter of politics, but for the moment it remains legal, and thus Tax Observer believes you are entitled to every penny you can deduct this way. Check back later Friday for the first part of the series.
Monday, January 27, 2003
Sunday, January 26, 2003
The site, alas, has designed by government bureaucracy written all over it. First you have to get forwarded to the correct regional site, and then everything you look at -- including the frequently asked questions and the front page -- is served up by https secure 168-bit encryption, making using the site ghastly slow even if you have broadband. One would think that with the e-file push this site would be a little more usable. Why does the end-user have to select which site to connect to, when it's a simple routing-by-state methodology? Why a cumbersome snail-mail verification process, even for penny-ante users? Perhaps somewhere along the line they'll conform better to the expectations of online users and get more individuals signed up.