Discussion:IMPORTANT NOTE TO TAX PROFESSIONALS ABOUT PROFILES (AGAIN)

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Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2008
For you who are new here, this is a very important message to tax/accounting professionals. It is very imperative you read it.

We ask for profiles for a reason. We need to ascertain some background information to separate do-it-yourselfer's from true tax/accounting professionals.

It also helps you when someone answers your questions if you can look and see if they are someone who knows what they are talking about and can rely on their answer. When you click on their user name, if they have a profile, you can find out something about them.

While it is not imperative every answer need a Code citation, a good, quality answer from a seasoned TaxAlmanac contributor will contain keywords, a reference or some assistance to get you on your way to do your own research. Tim and his TaxAlmanac Team have done an amazing job with providing links to tax research resources located here:

Tax Research Resources

They are posters who are dispensing advice without profiles. While their answers sound "authoritative", they are not citing Code sections, regulations, IRS publications or giving any hints where to get you started to assist you. If you take their advice, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. There are some posters who have no profiles, or scant information, but enjoy a good reputation with the TaxAlmanac community. Here are some hints for you on how to ascertain if the person is a quality TaxAlmanac contributor:

1. Click on their user name and hopefully, they probably have a profile. No profile, go to step #2.

2. Does the person have credentials listed, such as EA, CPA, etc., or is it the boilerplate, "Hello, my name is John Doe and I go by the nickname..."?

3. While credentials are no guarantee, you can also look at the following: What do others say about them here at TaxAlmanac? A "Forum Award" (a big bronze star) is from the user's here and is a big deal or look to the left side of the screen and click on "User Contributions." See if they answer questions with authority and contributors respond positively to their contributions.

4. Did they just join and are dispensing advice? Click on their user name and history tab. If they just joined and are posting answers with the boilerplate "Hi my name is....", think twice about taking their advice.

Remember:

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Again, here are step-by-step instructions on profiles:

Discussion:TO TAX PROFESSIONALS - PLEASE READ

Just remember, by paying attention to this, the neck you save may be your own.

Tom

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2008
huh?

Marty's mobile tax (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2008
I checked your profile Tom. Nice kilt.

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2008
Thanks.

Tom

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