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Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
I'm going to start it anyway. David's client with no name and the upside down FAX wins and gets to be the first recipient. Now we might want a trophy or something.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Hi mystery client:

I'd like to work on the information you faxed me, but next time put the paper in right side up.

I have six blank pages; I asked the machine for a report of who sent it, but I have no idea whose phone number it is.

Maybe I should turn the fax upside down

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Great idea for a thread, Paula. David, did you turn the fax upside down?

Cap'n Crunch (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Dear Dumbass Accountant:

I faxed you 6 pages today, but your fax machine must be upside down. Why don't you call me to tell me my taxes are done?

JAD (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
That is the funniest thing ever!

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
I have emailed several suspects and am waiting to see if anyone will cough up. It is a 215-735-xxxx which means it is in Philadelphia, and while every day I get one or two faxes from roofers, and usually another from some outfit offering a cheap trip to Cancun, I don't think this is it.

Maybe I am dumber, for I tried to call them back and got a fax line.

STG (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Don't take this wrong, but you are dumb.

Send a fax back to the number saying that the fax they sent was blank.

Sorry

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Don't take it wrong? LOL!

Has that ever worked?

"Don't take this the wrong way but you're so fat!"

Edit: I just tried it. It doesn't work. I even said sorry!

Rupert (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
Send a fax back to the number saying that the fax they sent was blank.

Just make sure you don't send it upside down.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
I tried to send another client a fax earlier, and kept getting 'poor line condition.' Now, in the last twenty minutes, my friend the semi-retired probate lawyer writes to ask if something is wrong with my machine because he keeps receiving 'poor line condition' messages....he is trying to send me his signed 8879. Well, it is windy as anything, 25-35 mph, so maybe that accounts for it and he is not so dumb.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
With this economy, even the lines are poor.

Hook them up with an Obamaphone and everyone will be happy (except the Teabaggers).

STG (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
My bad, I should have said, "Bless your heart." Then I can say anything.

STG (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
No offense.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
One reason I would not send a return fax is that, as noted, I receive 2-3 junk faxes a day and I would not want these people to know they are reaching a real number. Seems like every roofing company in Central and Northern Jersey sends junk faxes.

STG (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
I see your point but the 6 pages make me think it's real

Smokeytax (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
This IS a great thread.

Oh, yes, any statement that starts with "Don't take this the wrong way, but . . " has got to be trouble.

But, my favorite dumb question ever was "Did you have the baby yet?" - absolutely no way to win.

STG (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2013
When I get a junk fax I load a print copy of the pub 17 into the fax machine before I go home and let it rip back to them overnight.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
I put the paper back in the fax to use the blank side.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
I put the paper back in the fax to use the blank side. I have six blank pages; D&T, sounds like you can use both sides!

As to the 215-735 number, I suspect you know this, but that is the old PEnnypacker 5 exchange. From discussions you and i have had, it is in the neighborhood where your musician and other clients are/were, and I'd bet it is legit. I'd almost bet it is one of the musicians.

And as to "dumb" because the number you called was a fax tone, not so dumb. Some people use their regular land line as a fax by just connecting the fax to the phone. Also, which you may also already know, you can do a free reverse lookup by simply doing a google search on the number, unless it's unlisted.

Uncle Sam (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
Is this thread going to replace the Dear Client thread?

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
No. This thread is for the dumbest dear client of the day. Anyone can place a nomination. The "dear client" thread will proceed apace and is in nowise kaput or relinquished.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
No US, the Dear Client thread is a place to vent about stupid things clients do and be sarcastic instead of diplomatic. This is for the truly Dumb Ass person of the day. It should be fun.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
The floor is open for nominations for today.

It's Feb 22 and my dumb-ass lawyer client who works for a big drug firm and usually writes a check for 20-25K every April (estimated tax, what's that?) wants a ballpark about how much he owes (he loves to cash ISOs on same day sales....no tax taken out). So I am looking at the two year comparison and I realize that now, on Feb 22nd, I am missing his housekeeper's wages, make that baby sitter for his 11-14 year old daughters).

"Oh yeah, Marilyn worked for us thru June; we paid her 12,000."

Now I wonder who is dumber, my lawyer client or Marilyn, who surely wants her W-2. He does take taxes out.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
Leonard: SAgamore 2-2900, SAgamore 2, 2900.

Joan TB (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
Apparently D&T is referencing an old commercial from the NE? Down in Texas, I remember one: "If you don't have an oil well, get one! You'll love doing business with Western." We'll have to start another thread for old commercials. Call BR549...

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2013
Brusha, Brusha, Brusha

ATL Tax (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2013
First time I heard this: I was asking the client how far his commute was and he said, "Well, it's 15 miles there, and it's 15 miles back." Never would have guessed how far it was back to his house. Now every time I ask how far someone drives to work, I'm going to have to try hard not to ask him how far it is back home.

MWPXYZ (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2013
From Boston: How many cookies did Andrew eat: Andrew 8 8000;

How do you keep your carpets neat: call ANdrew 8 8000.

Spell Czech (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2013
♫♫♫ Ajax, the foaming toothpaste, brush your teeth right down the drai..ai..ain. ♫♫♫

EatonCPA (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2013
Today's DA of the Day submission is unfortunately another preparer. We picked up a new business client this year and were trying to figure out why her prior preparer was depreciating the company's building over 25 years instead of 39 and also trying to figure out why the cost basis on some leasehold improvements was listed as $40,546 while the Accumulated Depreciation was listed as $42,770. These are the responses we received from the preparer. Kevin in particular will be really impressed with the second one.

Regarding the 25 year depreciation - "I had a reason for using the 25 yr depreciation and had it not been acceptable by the IRS, you would have received some type of letter."

Regarding the cost basis vs accumulated depreciation - "Also, when there is an error on the return, XYZ Software gives us a message that the problem needs to be corrected before filing. So, I assumed I was O.K."

Oy vey. Is it the 15th yet?

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2013
I want it to be. I hope that preparer starts to get some CPE. THIS is why we need the RTRP thing to stand. Get the incompetents out of the business OR raise their knowledge through CPE to a minimum level of competence.

STG (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2013
Filing 2012 tax return for a new client. She brings in 2010 and 2011 so I give a quick lookover to see if the last guy left hints. I see a Foreign Earned Income Exclusion on the 2010 return with a qualifying period of 2/14/2010 to 2/14/2011. I check 2011, no FEI exclusion.

Client confirms that her husband was over there for the required time. When she contacts former preparer to ask about it she receives an indignant email explaining that his notes indicated that they had discussed that her husband had returned for a funeral and thus did not qualify for the exclusion in 2011.

Only a few correct actions should have occured based on that and one of them was not leave it on 2010 but don't put it on 2011.

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