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duplicates

Hi, I deleted your duplicate discussion this morning, once Kevin pointed you back to where you'd originally asked the question and you'd posted your update question to the old discussion, too. (Having multiple copies of the same discussion can get very confusing since some people will respond to one, and some to the other, and getting them back in sync can be impossible!)

You can always find your old discussions by going to the "my contributions" link at the top right corner of your screen. That'll have links to anything you've posted to, other than discussions that have since been deleted.

Trillium 12:23, 21 October 2009 (CDT)

Editing

I fixed your editing error in your original discussion and have deleted the incredibly confusing new discussion you started - which was simply showing the last post of your original discussion, a quasi-conversation where you sort of answered the questions asked of you in the post before (looks like you tried to paste the contents of an old discussion into a single post; as you saw, that doesn't work).

Trillium 14:39, 21 October 2009 (CDT)

Posting of Copyrighted materials

Also, I now see that one of your posts in that discussion is a multi-paragraph quote from an article in the Tax Advisor, dealing with PLR 9543017. The copyright policies of TaxAlmanac, which are intended to protect the site from getting in trouble from the copyright owners, you shouldn't be posting info that's under someone else's copyright. Once I post this note to you, I'll go back and try to figure out a way to edit the copyrighted info out of your post - probably by providing a link to the article instead.

In the meantime, please take a look at the following for more info on TA's copyright policies:

Overall, I'd suggest you slow down, diagram the ownership structure on paper, figure out the underlying issue(s), and use the search box here, or in your firm's research library, to get more info about the problems you'll run into at each step. I'm not sure you've really set out your question in such a way that the other tax professionals here are going to be able to help you all that much. (But then again, collectively they're a smart and creative group, so you never know!)

Trillium 14:57, 21 October 2009 (CDT)

Duplicate discussion was deleted

Thanks for confirming that the discussion I questioned was, in fact, a duplicate. It's been deleted now.

The fact that basic, advanced, and general tax questions all post to the same forum is stated immediately after the place where you select which type of question you want to ask: "These three categories of questions all post to the Tax Forum."

All of that information on the page with the "four steps to asking a tax question" is provided for a reason - you shouldn't be asking a question without searching the archives, for example (step 1), or without knowing how the site works (step 3). Some people seem to think the site exists just to answer questions for them, kind of like a free version of the NATP research group!! But it's a community; we try to help each other out. The people answering questions are also researching or asking questions on their own clients' situations, so you can't always expect to get answers as quickly as you might like. Plus, you'll get a variety of responses here: some from people who know what they're doing, and sometimes some from those who don't - just like in any community, there's a wide variance, so those who try to use the site as Mr Answer Man don't always get what they expect.

As I mentioned in a previous note, duplicate discussions get messy here. This is the case whether they're on the same forum (like the basic, advanced, and general tax questions are) or on different forums (e.g., the tax forum is separate from the accounting forum). When they're on the same forum, you at least have some chance that people will see both discussions and realize that they're related. On different forums, you often have two different groups of people answering, without much crossover, and you wouldn't believe how quickly the answers can diverge. As a tax manager, I'm sure you're familiar with how one slight change in the facts can make a dramatic difference to the answers/results. So - please try to keep follow-ups and related questions in the same discussion, rather than creating new ones for each nuance or change. Thx!

Trillium 10:52, 23 October 2009 (CDT)

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