Tax Returns Are the Bain of My Very Existence

IRS Commish Finds the Tax Code Complex, Doesn’t Do His Own Taxes

[caption id="attachment_23858" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Dude. Code is this thick."][/caption]Just because you’re in charge of the IRS doesn’t mean you know anything everything. Doug Shulman was on C-SPAN over the weekend (we’re sure you saw it) and admitted that he uses a tax preparer.

His rationale is, “Look, I’m a busy dude, I don’t have time to do my own taxes. Besides, have you seen the size of the tax code? It’s a flippin’ mind job.”

Or in his own words:

“I’ve used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer,” Shulman said.
Pressed on how he would make the tax code simpler, Shulman responded, “I don’t write the tax laws. Congress writes the tax laws so that’s a whole different discussion.”

Unapologetic as usual, Dougie. We’ll give him credit though – admitting that the tax code that you’re in charge of enforcing is too complex is admirable (although not a news flash).

Plus, he goes so far to say that he’s powerless to do anything about it. Now that’s transparent government!

IRS commissioner doesn’t file his own taxes [The Hill]

Deadline Watch: October 15th

crawling.jpgOne week until all is right with the entire world, tax preparers. Oh sure, maybe since partnership returns are now due on September 15th, the October deadline doesn’t have the same urgency as in years past but at the very least, it marks the official end to another tax season.
There are still plenty of you that are still slogging through 1040s though, so hang in there. If you’ve got any last minute meltdowns or clients that are giving you serious heartburn, let us know or discuss in the comments.
The rest of you, commence schadenfreude. Unless you like the week leading up to a deadline. Sickos.