To Whom It May Going Concern: “If people can sue the firms for not working overtime, can I sue the firm for making me fat?”

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If you watched the Ways & Means Committee flogging of Acting Commissioner Steven Miller and TIGTA inspector general Russell George earlier today, the dwindling resources of the IRS were mentioned by certain members a few times. Doing more with less — or in some cases, nothing at all — is something we all deal with, including your humble blogospondent. In fact, I've been working so much that it's really cutting into my NHL playoffs watching time, which is a shame because the NHL playoffs are the best playoffs in sports and I don't give a shit if you disagree. Yeah, the NHL is a poorly run, undervalued league dominated by a manipulative commissioner, but by God when the playoffs are on you forget about the extraordinary ineptitude of the National Hockey League and just hope that every game goes into triple-overtime. That's what I'm hoping to see tonight and all weekend long. 
 
Anyway, I'll just bring this full circle by saying that my enjoyment of one poorly run institution is disrupting my enjoyment of another and that's a shame. Doing more with less is the worst. I'd just like more of everything, please. On to this week's letters.
 
File this under "post-busy season problems":  
If people can sue the firms for not working overtime, can I sue the firm for making me fat?
I'm no lawyer, but you shouldn't have trouble finding an under-worked one that would listening to your case. I'd start here.
 
A gypsy-turned accountant is having some problems with the application process:
I really enjoy trying to recall every place I've lived and worked in the past 7 years for PwC's background check…
Having moved many, many times in my life, I can appreciate this annoyance. Seven years ago, I was living in a small apartment in Denver. Seven apartments and two long road-trips later, I'm back in a different small apartment in Denver and there's no way I can recall every detail of all those addresses. The ZIP codes are impossible. But you know has all this information?? The IRS. And your mom, probably.
 
Here's your tax code constructionist nerd tip of the week:
See below:  Holder refers to the Internal Revenue Code as the IRS code. (transcript of press release)
 
HOLDER: We’ll have to get you — we’ll have to get you that. There are a variety of statutes within the IRS code that I’m not familiar with or have the ability to, you know, give you the numbers to, but that we have looked at.
Eric Holder? We're getting tips about things Eric Holder said now?
 
And finally, someone was kind enough to tell us about some Rothstein Kass layoffs:
I just heard from a buddy I interned with at Rothstein Kass in Jersey who is now a Staff 1 that they fired 10% of the firm nationwide, about 100 people.  He didn't get fired though but one of the partners told a kid that this is pretty normal for accounting firms.
No kidding? That's quite a story.

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