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another ? about consumer forum

I understand that anyone viewing ALL discussions will see them. Is the intention then that anyone just viewing TAX or ACCOUNTING will not see them, and will only see them if viewing ALL: i.e. there will be no direct link to that forum? I suppose once someone views a Consumer Discussion question the category should let them know that it is a consumer question. Kevinh5

Consumer forum

We don't want to solicit consumer questions, and we don't need to make it easy for non-pros to get through the 'system', but how will Tax Pros know they are answering a consumer question if they aren't looking in a special forum? And if a non-pro doesn't bookmark his page, how will he find his discussion 3 days later? You know how some of us hate repeat questions. Kevinh5



Thanks for your hard work. We appreciate it.

These changes you made are very helpful. Thanks again.

TomTaocpa 20:26, 3 December 2008 (CST)

User Names Changed

In addition to Donniecastleman -> Donnie C, which we changed together, I have now made the following changes requested by users:

  • BradAyres -> BradA
  • -> CBS
  • Fredcampo -> FSC

Trillium 21:53, 3 December 2008 (CST)

Sorting search results

Hey Tim, since I know you're reading...and this has probably been asked before, but is there a way to sort the search results so that they're sorted by most recent POSTS and not by the thread date? And of course, if the most recent could be at the top instead of the bottom...but don't know what limits you have because of Wiki. Thanks, Jeff

Thanks for the template instructions

yes, Trillium and I have spent more time than we thought to do some preliminaries, but I can see that it is alredy improving people's attitudes. Kevinh5

HI, those copyright violation threads

were all part of the issue I had with Lance Wallach. I thought they were more spam than anything, but they had all been posted as appearing in various accounting trade journals. Kevinh5


..."guidelines" is much better. Thanks! Trillium

And thanks for the template suggestion, too (and the link clean-up). Are the internal links more efficient from a processing standpoint, or just part of a philosophy of keeping things (like code) clean? ...Trillium

Consumer Chat Q

Interesting - I'd thought you'd used that "start a new chat discussion" wording on purpose, to provide a subtle reinforcement that the consumer forum wasn't a source of free tax advice for consumers, but rather a place where their questions go when they're not appropriate elsewhere - after which "chats" about the questions might take place! I guess I read a lot into one extraneous word, didn't I? ...Trillium

The mouse-over balloons on the topics column of the main list page isn't very useful because the width of that column adjusts to fit all of that field's content. If the width were restricted the balloons would be useful and there would be more room for another column such as the forum in which a discussion was posted. The same could be done for the Creator and Last Poster columns. What do you think? -- Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM


Thanks for providing us an opporteunity to talk with other professionals. IS there anyway to include a spreadsheet in the field? It would make explaining some of the fact patterns much easier.

user name

I just registered and accidentally used a capital letter in my user name. My current user name is "Sasolin". I would like it changed to "sasolin". Thanks.

Image on my profile page

When I try to insert an image on my profile page I get this message:

Error creating thumbnail: sh: /usr/local/bin/convert: No such file or directory

But I am able to put the same image on my MY TALK page. Do you know why? -- Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM


As you probably figured out, I started at the bottom of the list and I'm working up. The ones that I didn't edit along the way were checked; they have appropriate (current) overviews and links. So - if you have somebody else work on this, too, maybe have them start from the top and work down. I'm just doing it on and off - when my workload is light and my mood is right. They'll probably beat me to the middle.

FYI, there have been a few so far that are no longer active pubs (discontinued/replaced). You indicated that it's important to maintain the pages since they are linked from the various intuit software programs, so I've simply noted that they're outdated, and provided links to the current info (if any).


Is the TA clock off by 5 hours?

Take a look at the discussion Discussion:PAPERLESS_-_Does_the_IRS_require_taxpreparer_to_print_out_tax_return_copy_for_Taxpayer?. -- Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM

hi i also used my email as my username- since so many other sites require it- I would like to change my user name from to: JGMathis Ability to delete an account would be nice thanks Jim Mathis 00:03, 8 January 2009 (CST)

Changed user name

Hi, Tim - I took care of the request just above this post - changed user name to JGMathis. Trillium


Hi Tim, I'm a California CPA actually looking for some one versed in foreign tax credit and New Zealand tax & treaties for an off-tax almanac consult. Is that appropriate here? Do you have anyone? Do you have any ideas for me? I'd appreciate it/J

Research Resources

Hi Tim: Some of the resources need 2009 buttons. You do an excellent job for this site. Bill Mularchuk (A/K/A TAXBILLY) TAXBILLY 04:54, 17 January 2009 (CST)

Strange occurance re logging in

Hi Tim, I was in the consumer forum (not yet logged in) and clicked on a particular user name to check the profile.....and all of a sudden, I WAS logged in without ever typing my password in. Only happened with that user name (Ashing - the thread had to do with Code 14 on a W-2). I tried other names in the same thread without it happening; I tried other threads with different user names without it happening. That thread is the only one she's contributed to. Seems very odd - not sure it's a problem; but thought you might want to know.Belle 16:45, 20 January 2009 (CST)

How many User Names may be created per IP address?

We have noticed that one person has had at least 4 different names. We think that he keeps changing his user name every time he wears out his welcome. Is this tracked by IP address? Thank you, Kevinh5

Adding enrolled agent category

Hi Tim,

Just received in the mail that IRS has acknowledged that I can use the EA designation. How do I (or do you do this) add Enrolled Agent category to my page? Thanks for your help.



Hi Tim,

Could you give me your opinion on why I am not getting any responses to my most recent posting?

Thanks, Kathleen Biasinik 18:55, 28 January 2009 (CST)

Tim - how do I block an active spammer

while he is still on the site? much frustration on my part going behind him to clean up. Kevinh5


shut down the site for five minutes, making everyone log in again

block his IP address


Stealth editing

Tim, FYI: A couple of forums don’t actually have stealth editing enabled – chat, tax tips, and feedback. I suppose it’s not so important on those forums if the edits change the order of the discussions, but I’ve ended up with a couple of the discussions out of order (technically) in trying to get the name of the spammer out of the “last poster” field. Nothing that won’t be resolved once the actual last posts are days old rather than hours old, but I figured I’d mention it in case you want to make the editing treatment consistent. - Trillium


Rev Rul 59-162

T Doyle,

I am trying to locate Revenue Ruling 59-162. Twice, (once from within TaxAlmanac) I have been directed a website called, but each time, I got the message saying it was no longer an active site - or something to that effect. Can you help ?

I am a recent new visitor to your site - it is fantastic.

Bob Willey Willeytaxes 14:39, 8 February 2009 (CST)


That site does appear to be down today. I replied to Willeytaxes with a link on legalbitstream instead. - Trillium

Flat tax? Need to worry?


I didn't know if you would be interested in the dialogue on this thread. A couple of people are really rude, calling each other and their comments names. It seems contrary to our code to me. It is amazing how combative and juvenile "professionals" can be. I was going to post simply "be nice", but nothing good is going to come from me inserting myself into the muck. The ball is in your court and I will know not to revisit that thread.


Ohio medical cost tax deduction

I'm a practice in GA, but have few OH clients. I'm having trouble understanding this tax deduction and I'm not sure my software (Lacerte) is calculating correctly.

As I understand it, there should be a deduction for unsubsidized health insurance and Long-term care insurance without limitation. Lacerte includes these costs in total medical and limits to the amount in excess of 7.5%.

Either I don't understand, I'm inputting incorrectly or the software has a glitch.

Can you shed any light? Thanks so much

Hi Tim,

I had a post on tax practice several days ago. The great almanac users responded and one of the suggestions was to create a "tax practice" section. It looks like you've done that and I wanted to know how to map the "tax" discussion to the new area. Thank you!


Hi I signe up quite awhile back but haven't visited again til now. It was suggested to me, and I agree, that my user name which is my email address is both too long and too informative and I would like to change it.

Suggested new user names are:

larryfred fixtax888 taxfix888 larryf8765

Please advise if and when changed by sending me an email. thanks 18:28, 26 February 2009 (CST)

Larry's name change has been done

Via e-mail, he decided on LarryFred for his new name (since the first initial has to be a capital letter), and I've made the change.

Trillium 00:03, 27 February 2009 (CST)

Change user name

Since I have ben told it is a bad idea to use my email address as my user name, I would like to change my user name.

Current user name:

User name requested: garywwilliamscpa

Thank you.

Gary W. Williams, 10:16, 3 March 2009 (CST)


I'm trying to talk Gary into a shorter name for his new name... will keep you updated... Trillium

How do we get rid of this guy


Tom, He claims to have experience, but he sure doesn't post like it. taxea


I was looking at Tax Acts that have not been merged into the Code. The legislative text, under the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 seems to be merely the Senate finance bill. I think the final bill was HR 2206.

The reason i noticed this was that the legislative text you have used did not include the changes to te kiddie tax and the bill sections do not line up with the technical explanations.

Just to let you know MWPXYZ 05:43, 18 March 2009 (CDT)

Thanks, Tim

That'll help; I've been adding things in one by one as people mention them - and wasn't so sure about some of my formatting anyway. Happy to have the robot do it efficiently instead. BTW, not sure I ever mentioned that the Pubs are all now updated.


How to navigate and ask a tax question

I have used TaxAlmanac before but I am finding it very difficult to find the venue where I can ask a tax question. I went through the process of 'Ask a Tax Question' but in the process I am told to create a profile, which I have already done, but the instructions just stop at that point in directing me any further. I need help. Thank you. Even this email, to you, does not have a 'submit' button.

change user name

Hello, I just created an account, so that I could ask a question. My first answer was annoyance with my user name, so I would like to change it, because it was not my intention to annoy anyone.

How about: Sharon? Sharon1221? If neither of those work, you can pick some numbers to put after Sharon.

I can't think of anything else at the moment. I made my user name what first popped into my head.

Name chg request from Sharon

Hi, Tim - I think the name change request just above this message has been handled already (Sharon1221 has been newly created), and I left a note on the (original) user's talk page to confirm. At this point, I don't think there's a name change needed. Will keep you posted. (BTW, I never heard back from that other guy who wanted to change from one long user name to another - he may have just created a new shorter name on his own, too.)

Trillium 00:32, 28 March 2009 (CDT)

Private Letter Rulings

Tim... I was just looking at your community portal info. I happen to have a copy of a private letter ruling that addresses extra duty by Honolulu PD officers. We here use this to justify not having to do a Sch C or SE forms. The ruling came about because HPD does not withhold SE taxes and the officers do special duty for private companies. The argument was that since the officers are sanctioned by HPD for this work, and because they are required to be in uniform and use their duty vehicles this is an extension of their job and SE should not apply. The questioned was asked of the IRS by HPD. I am not at my business computer at the moment. I will post it, if I can figure out how, in the morning. When my workload slows down I would be happy to do what I can to help. I could start by posting the IRS Newsletters as I get them. (Also have several on file). How do I post them? Do I just copy the email I get and post it? Will it maintain the link to the IRS site via the copy and paste? Is that what you want? Let me know. Laura (taxea)

Link Registration and login page to Profile

Tom I just had another thought. Can the program be set up so that new users are linked directly to their profile page and put an * on lines they would be required to fill-in. I was thinking just the lines that would be helpful in determining their level of expertise...they could still keep anything private that they want to.

It would work so that whenever they log in they as soon as they entered their login info the program would take them directly to the profile page with a notification that they will not be able to post until the "*" lines are filled in.



Hi Tim,

Yes, doing fine now. Thanks for asking. I've done the worm thing, but that was in the tequila. lol. I'm thinking it was some kind of mold <which I am allergic to> on one of the rotten pistachios. Tao <Tom> left a good link about some kind of mould issue with stachios and that kind of looks like what I had.

Anyway, allergist found nothing and was told to get a full work up by my doctor, that will wait til after tax season.

Thanks again,


finding someone

Hi Tim,

Is there a way to find out who left me a post on my mytalk page?

A new user <or so it would appear> left me a message indicating he was from my area <Cobleskill/Gloversville>, but he didn't leave his screen name so I could respond.

I tried editing the message he left in the hopes that he will see the changes.

Anything you can do?




Yeah, I know about the Tilde,

the history page is new to me, will use that and I had already figured out who it is. But thanks for your quick response.


Some help if you would

Hi Tim,

My handle is Brock And Associates and I have another member (Uncle Sam) who is more or less following me around harassing me for no reason what so ever. Here's his latest attack:

I talked with Trillium and he suggested letting the other attacks blow over, which I did (posts below) and they continue: plus a couple others I can't find right now.

Can you be of some assistance? I know Trillium emailed him trying to get him to stop and apparently that had no effect. I am certain this is not within the TOS.


Brock And Associates

Olympic Qualifying...

Tim, Thanks for the great job you do and the service Intuit provides via this site, which is a great resource for me. Question... how does one become a Bronze / Gold / Platinum Qualifier etc? How can I tell how many edits I've made? Just curious whether this is automatically done, or a moderator keeps score, or what. Thanks again Anchorman 15:31, 1 June 2009 (CDT)

Received e-mail, but no update

Hi Tim, Last week I received an e-mail from Taxalmanac stating that one of my bookmarked discussion page has been updated. But when I loged-in and looked for it, there was no update.

Could you please look into this. I also tried pressing "page down key" to see if there was a second page, but could not find.

Thanks for your help.



TaxAlmanac page 'Discussion:Emailing pdf returns to client' has been changedFriday, May 29, 2009 9:06 AM From: This sender is DomainKeys verified"WikiAdmin" <>Add sender to ContactsTo: "Inagpurwala" <> Dear Inagpurwala,

the TaxAlmanac page Discussion:Emailing pdf returns to client has been changed on 16:06, 29 May 2009 by Trillium, see for the current version.

See for all changes since your last visit.

Editor's summary: move from tax forum to BG - practice mgt

Contact the editor: mail: wiki:

There will be no other notifications in case of further changes unless


Inagpurwala 00:07, 2 June 2009 (CDT) Ishaq


Can you please shrink down the size of my photo. Thanks. DZCPA

Would like to change my ID from Lskeys to LaTaxMan2010. Thanks in advance

changing my user page

hi tim when i try to edit my user page a screen pops up asking if i want to find a program to open or save index.php file? Ive searched and cant find what the problem is, ive tried saving or searching for a program and that doesnt work either....what am i doing wrong?


Hi Tdoyle, I think there should be a better way for users to communicate. For instance if someone wants to leave me a private message (so others would see). I don’t think that there might be a way. Also if I posted an answer to a question how do I edit that question. And lestly I can’t figur out how to add a picture to my profile. Many thanks. bm911tax


If a send a message to someone via their discussion page, will I automatically receive their response in my discussion page, or do I need to look somewhere else, or ?

If I do not reply to your answer, that means I'm having the same problem with your response...

Thank you! H3s 13:06, 19 August 2009 (CDT)


Can you please shrink down the size of my photo. Thanks. DZCPA

Hi Tim,

Would you please change my username from: Btemerowski, to BrendaT?

Thank you! Brenda

Brenda's name change has been done

Hi, Tim - The name change that Brenda requested, just above, has been made. The earlier name change request from Lskeys is, I believe, moot; I'd sent him a note suggesting a shorter "new" name, and not long after that he set up with a new ID instead. Also, Scottycoyote's issues with editing his user page turned out to be the same as what Genskitty was experiencing last spring, and he fixed it the same way she did, by unchecking the "use external editor" preference. The other intervening requests I'll leave for you; picture files are outside the scope of my wiki knowledge!

Trillium 20:38, 31 August 2009 (CDT)

name change!

Thank you for bring this to my attention. Can you please change to a new user name Kerryfreemanea that would work out I hope. thank you.

Search terms

Hi there,

Thank you for having this site. It is wonderful.

I know this is easier said than done. But is there a way we can make the search button more friendly? i.e. I needed to look up 'foreign income exclusion' but I wasn't aware of the terminology at the time. Thus,I entered 'overseas income' and nothing came up. Then I tried a bunch of other words and nothing showed up. It seems like we have to have the exact words or the thread won't come up.

Any ideas?

Kerry's name change is done

Just realized I forgot to let you know: I took care of Kerry's name change request (two notes up from here, I think) last week. Trillium

My current user name is Mel Wolfson. If possible, could I have my user name changed to BrooklynEA or something similar.

Thanks, Mel Wolfson

Name Change

Sorry if I'm entering this a second time. I would like to change my username from Mel Wolfson to BrooklynEA or BklynEA.

Thanks. Mel



I am impressed with the quality of this huge network. I just became a member and I have learned many wonderful things. Thank you for your dedication in bringing this shared point of information available to us.

I posted a genuine question asking for a checklist or suggestions from seasoned professionales to some one being proactive and wanting to learn from them. So far twelve plus responses but just one or two are meaningful.

Although I like jokes I do not appreciate that it goes on. It seems like the idea is just to increase the number of postings regardless of how useful they are.

My suggestion is that the responses with sarcastic content or meaningless jokes be limited. I find disrespectful that someone tells me to get a bikini wax if I want to start and accounting practice.

Thank you so much for this great forum and I hope you find my positive criticism objective and useful to our discussion forums.

Best regards.

--Researcher1 21:17, 17 September 2009 (CDT)

Multiple user names

I have had some confusion with signing in and have had to create additional users. I belive my old email address is registered with loiscpa because when I asked to reset my password, as I couldn't remember it I never received an email. My old email was which doesn't work anymore. The email that I want to use is

I have accounts as loiscpa (but can't remember the password) and loiscpaaz. I'd like to delete the loiscpaaz. Please email me loiscpa password reset to


Lois Moore

email notices

Hey Tim, the oddest thing just started happening. I am now getting email notices when bookmarked discussions are changed. I hadn't received any notices for about two years. My email provider (one of those generic ones) recently changed their format, so I guess that has something to do with it.Natalie 13:17, 20 October 2009 (CDT)Natalie

TA forums - links don't show up in Firefox?

Hi, Tim - in a recent discussion, LH2004 was not able to see links that Kevin had embedded in a post - here's his comment about it: "Aha. No blue on my screen in Firefox: your prior post appears just as [text omitted]. A little bit of sleuthing leads me to the conclusion that TaxAlmanac's forum software is emitting invalid CSS and relying on some Internet Explorer-specific hacks, for no apparent reason."

Wonder if you could comment on that - e.g., if it's a known issue that our embedded links may not be obvious to someone using Firefox, and if so, whether that's something that might be able to be fixed in the future?

Also, would this be just a discussion forum posting issue, or would it also be true for the user and user talk pages, and for the category pages, or the Submit a New Tax Question page, for example?

There have been times in the past that people have seemingly ignored links that were provided for them - links to an exact prior answer to their question, or a link to the profile page when they say they can't find it, etc. I've always assumed that was willful, but given the number of Firefox users out there (enough to matter), maybe there's a benefit to providing some context in the post to make it more obvious that there's a clickable field included in the post. I'd like to add something to the FAQs about this if it's something the users should be aware of when providing links.

Thanks - Trillium 01:36, 21 October 2009 (CDT)

Glad it's not a Firefox problem in general

Thanks, Tim. So I guess those other people I mentioned above really are just ignoring the links we provide. (Can my ego take it?)

Trillium 11:49, 21 October 2009 (CDT)

Change user name

My user name is my email address I do not post often but last time I did, somebody let me know that that was kind of old school and not recommended to avoid spam. Can you change it to CPASue  ?

          Sue Hurrell

Name Change / Thoughts on the Treas Regs

Hi, Tim - I took care of Sue's requested name change.

Also, I've had some thoughts on the re-load of the Treasury Regs that we discussed a while back (replacing what we have with the currently up-to-date versions) . I'll send you and Kevin an e-mail about that later today or tomorrow.

Trillium 21:21, 24 October 2009 (CDT)

Looks like a prankster post: IRS4LIFE. taxbilly

Email partial and complete returns to clients

This year I have purchased a scanner and DMS. I need to know how to:

Email to my clients (with password protection):

Two file attachements, one with only the 8879s to sign and return to me and the second a complete copy of their return.

I do not seem to be able to figure out how to select individual pages (8897s) to send.

Thanks for your help.


I have created a new user profile (rather than updating my old profile) under the nick I would like to go by, TaxProHarry. The intro (which now includes my pic) has been completely rewritten. Consequently, I no longer need or will use my old user name and profile (Tax Preparer).

Would you please delete my old user name and profile, Tax Preparer? Your help is appreciated. Thanks!


Need for a moderator

Hi Tim,

I would very much like your help resolving an issue with user UncleSam. I believe that Trillium has approached you and I cannot remember whether I have or not. This has been an on-going problem to which I have not contributed to the problem...he didn't like a post I put out there and has been name calling and abusing since.

He has been asked to stop and I have yet to match his harassment out of respect for the board members, Trillium, and yourself. However, despite cooling off for some time he is right back.

Here's the latest:

Very interesting Brock - a wiseass like you who finds an imaginitive way to corrupt the IRS security system to get what you want on e-services without being licensed is in no position to chastise someone who's making a conscientious effort to get by the exam.

At least he's trying - compared to you who's timing to take the exam strictly to avoid having to pay a (second) license registration fee. Wouldn't you rather have the exam passed in total as early as possible?

I could give you a list of others that are just as bad or worse. We are supposed to be a board of professionals but this guy wants to act like this and yet remains a poster here. There is a code of conduct here as follows: . I do not know why he is continually allowed to berate, name call, and abuse another poster without being banned. The only reason is that some on this board feel he has something to add so his behavior is tolerated.

Can you not ban this user?


BrockEA 07:25, 25 November 2009 (CST)

Inadvertent Post

Hi Tim,

I inadvertently posted a new discussion topic in Business Development titled "Church". Could you please delete. I subsequently posted a valid discussion topic titled "Advertisement in Church Bulletins".

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks in advance for your assistanceImcpa 01:58, 29 November 2009 (CST)

Forum slow

Has anyone else spoke about the pages loading slow. I am wondering if it's my puter or your server. Thanks Charles

checking for answers

I posted a tax question, but have been unable to find if I will be notified by e-mail if an answer is posted, or if I have to keep checking back for answers. Please advise. Thanks.

change user name

I did not read the instructions carefully when I created my user name and would prefer than my real name not be part of my user name.

Current user name: Bethboyd2153

Desired user name: Jartie

Can you change this for me? Will the password I created by the same?

Thanks for your help!

Beth Boyd

I would like to change my user name from sandyphan to classencpa. Please let me know if it can be done. Thanks

Extremely Slow Board

"We are investigating the problem and hope to have it resolved soon".

That's warning has been there long enough. What's your definition of "soon"? Next year?

Uncle SamUncle Sam 17:05, 29 January 2010 (CST)

CCIFP Designation

Hi Tim:

I really enjoy the board here and want to say thank you for providing this forum. I have noticed that there are designations for CPA, or EA, or PTP, or CFP, etc. available to be added to user profiles. I do not see one for the professional designation which I hold of CCIFP[1]. Since adding "{ { CCIFP }}" to my profile only created a broken link when previewed, I presume a template needs to be created. I am very proud of my professional status and would like it to be available to taxalmanac users in the same way that a CPA or EA would have their achievement highlighted on their profile. Can you either create this designation or direct me to a part of the sight which would explain to me how to do it? Thank you, PVCC-CCIFP 17:18, 30 January 2010 (CST)

Tim: Thanks for the positive response to my request. --PVCC-CCIFP 01:10, 5 February 2010 (CST)


Hi Tim I'm just curious...your ratings page shows me in gold yet my page shows more than 500 posts. How am I ever going to catch up with Kevin 5 at this rate. I have been a member for several years now and am sure I have posted more than 300 posts. Do you count responses or new posts or both?

E-mail notification of discussion changes

Tim, I've verified my email address, checked the notification boxes, checked the "Watch this discussion" box for a discussion which has changed several times since I did so, checked my ISP's spam box, my e-mail client's spam box and nothing I've tried has allowed me to receive e-mails on changes in discussions I'm watching.

Any ideas?


Code of conduct?


I know you rely on user moderation but there is a code of conduct and unclesam keeps violating it against me personally. He's been asked by Kevin and Trillium to quit but he persists. How many times will he be allowed to violate the code of conduct before he's banned?

This is uncalled for, unwarranted, and unacceptable.

BrockEA 16:25, 28 March 2010 (CDT)

change of category on question

Tim, I accidentally created a discussion under Business Growth, and I wanted it to be a Tax Question. Is there a way to move it? The discussion was titled ProSeries Imperfect Return Indicator. Thanks! Joyce Wwtaxes 12:19, 2 April 2010 (CDT)

Change my screen name

Mr Doyle I would like to change my screen name from Landon5784 to JonLandon. Is that possible

Thanks Tim

Thanks for the name change Tim

Need assistance with reporting foreign brokerage account trades

Hello Tim,

I am seeking a professional who is fully conversant with filing and reporting foreign brokerage account trading for past several years. Part of the FBAR amnesty program. This will be a fee for services arrangement. Any assistance will be appreciated.

Thanks Fa740




Just curious

Who is in charge of update the user contribution catagories? I noticed that the page doesn't appear to have been updated since 2007. How am I ever going to catch up with Riley and others? taxea

New username?

Hi Mr. Doyle

Is there any way to change my username from CertifiedTaxCoach to Sdtax? I was informed it is too long and need to start a new account, but I want to keep my history.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Regarding the Insolvency FMV question:

There are other situations where FMV takes on more of a Net Realizable Value approach. I was wondering if this was one of those cases. For instance, in a OIC filing, I have used a Net Realizable Value approach with regards to qualified assets. The Service seemed to go along with it. In the case of CPA prepared personal financials there is this concept of addressing the taxes due on liquidation of the assets listed. Maybe GAAP isn't relevant here, or maybe it is?

As to my question on Short Sale COD.

Should the COD income computation be different for a foreclosure vs. a short sale? Does the law dictate how the COD is computed, or does the bank get to define how COD is computed? This question seems to have some of the same trappings of my earlier question. The Bank gets to compute COD based on what they realize from the sale, not based true FMV. On the other hand, in a foreclosure, the FMV at the time of transfer dictates the computation of the COD--not what the bank realizes. (I have even made recommendations to clients to get their own professional appraisals done, because the bank valuations are sometimes very odd.) Maybe I am seeing this issue wrong... If so, can you help me see the light. By the way, thank you so much for your help!


Not sure where to address this, but I received an email stating that I requested to change my password with this web site, and I didn't. Should I be worried? 22:29, 2 September 2010 (CDT) Cindy

Tim, I posted a question and Dave Fogel answered saying I need to update my profile. I did update my profile a couple of days after I posted my question. I saw my question with Dave's response on Thursday morning (9/16/10) but now I can see it. Has it been moved to the consumer forum?? How can I get it posted back in the tax professional forum? Thanks.

Micktax7Micktax7 12:25, 16 September 2010 (CDT)

Tim, shows how I am not sure how Tax Almanac works. I do see my post. It was put back at top of page 1 with my latest response.

Micktax7Micktax7 12:28, 16 September 2010 (CDT)

Username change request

Can you change my username - currently "Scott" - to "Scott_Bonacker" please?



Scott 09:46, 24 September 2010 (CDT)

Two topics

1. I've responded to Scott Bonacker about the name change, asking him to confirm that he wants to use (a) his full real name in spite of privacy issues and (b) a name that'll wrap to two lines in the tax forum index, due to length. Haven't heard back yet.

2. I've been noticing recently that longer pages (generally Rev Procs and REGs, but also Sec. 7701, which I fixed) have been getting cut off at the end. In some cases, I'm quite sure that the entire content was there in the past, at the very least on preview during import; in others I really can't claim that with certainty. The three partial-content pages I found today are all 63kb (it warns you about the size at the top of the page when you click edit). Hadn't checked that previously, but wouldn't be surprised to find that it's all content beyond 63kb that's been lost.

Is this something new, or have I just not noticed it until now? I actually wondered if it had something to do with some recent need to restore from a backup (perhaps only the first 63kb is retained by default?), since I am able to put the additional content back in and end up with more than 63kb, e.g., I fixed Rev. Proc. 2010-1 a couple of days ago, and it still has the entire 229kb of content. In case you need to narrow down a time line, the newest page I found w/deleted content was Notice 2010-60, which was originally imported on Sept 2, 2010 (and I'm pretty sure I didn't just import the first half!).

If this is a permanent requirement, please let me know and I'll focus more on splitting long items into components. If it is a glitch that isn't expected to be repeated, is there any way you can run a list of all Research Resources that are exactly 63kb - that would provide me with a to-do list of pages to restore (or let me know if you can restore them w/less manual labor, please!).

Breaking news - it's not just the research resources - some of the longer discussions are also missing posts, e.g., Discussion:Hot news on S corp Health Insurance (Notice 2008-1).


Trillium 10:40, 25 September 2010 (CDT)

User Name Change

I would like to change my user name from Gruderman to either: 1. GSR 2. G$R 3. GSR1

Thank you.

Gruderman 03:59, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Partnership agreements...

Is there a source or a place on this cite where we can look at forms and find a provision we like? I am looking for a "profits interest" provision for a partnership or LLC-taxed as a partnership.. or the actual partnership agreement itself.

Delete user name

Mr. Doyle:

I created a user name today and submitted a question on the discussion forum. In the website use and contribtution terms it states that if a contribution is made the license can never be terminated. What does this mean? If I want to delete my user name and password is that possible? Please advise.

Hi, I'd like to change my username. It is currently waynewright91354. I would like to change it to valenciatax54.


I previously posted a message to you, but forget to sign with the 4 tildes. I would like to change my username from waynewright91354 to valenciatax54. Thank-you, Waynewright91354 19:16, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Log In Problems


I have a friend, user name: Wiles, that is unable to login. He is NOT getting the Invalid Password message. It seems to accept his login name and password, but the screen just sends him back to the TaxAlmanac home page and he is not logged in. Do you know what the problem is?

--PVVCPA 20:05, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Recent issue after last night

In the Forums, the number of views is not increasing, even though the number of posts is. I know you wanted to take out some counters, but don't take the cabinets and sink out too. Kevinh5

I also noticed that the number of accesses to user profile pages is no longer there. I found this information to be useful. Will that be put back in?Natalie 21:19, 5 January 2011 (UTC)Natalie

Problem posting basic tax question

Hi Tim, I tried to post a basic tax question today, but I gave up after about the third try because I kept getting logged out. I finally ended up do a chat question and then editing the page to move it to tax questions.Natalie 00:44, 16 January 2011 (UTC)Natalie

This is still a problem. I cannot post a basic tax question because I keep getting logged out when I click on "basic tax question."

Username Change

Because I was told that my username was too long, please change it to: Mtaea if possibleCyberspaceEA 19:06, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

^^ Tim - I exchanged notes w/Cyberspace, and they have now set up a new name. No need for a name change (they had no user history/preferences, so they were going to get to the same end result faster that way, and w/o the complications of the name change process). - Trillium

Hi Tdoyle, my question is about sales tax on a virtual store- Is it the point of destination or point of owner?I'm in Florida

and I have a client that has a virtual also, to open a " real" one soon- Not sure about that tax

Delete Account

Would you please DELETE my account or point me in the right direction for doing it myself? username: mrmontgom

Thank you, Mark

Tim. I'm lacerte since 1983 serious problem here contact

Tim: My name is Hugh30, I am in the witness protection program, an honest person, being hidden from thugs and bullies like KevinH.

I need your help, if you care about a CPA that Larry & Phil Lacerte and Mike Farney new 27 years ago helping debug the HP5’s first no font cartridge (simm) cartridge malfunctioning Federal Form font prints.

I hope you will reply to

You can see my post Who is BobTheMobCPA and his reply in General chat.

Interesting that finally I have a Lady from Intuit’s Office of the President leave a voice mail for me just yesterday afternoon for me to contact her direct about KevinH’s dishonest activities here.

Knowing KevinH he will remove this before you can see it just as he has blocked me from contacting you as Hugh30.

And I will be blocked again, but then I can still USE the work of others, just not be able to help others.

After 36 years, the Elijah Watt Sells Award, 6 years with AA&Co. I can do my own research. At least I do not make nasty, negative sarcastic comments about EA's like KevinH continues to do about CPAs, and others have stated that TOO

Tim, I left this on the other Tim Doyle's talk page by accident yesterday.

I wonder if you can get him to change his name?

We have a volunteer who may want to help co-moderate

User:Polgara. I just left her some basic info on her user talk page.

This site really needs more than just Trillium and I and you. This tax season was quite busy and there were times when neither Trillium nor I could watch what was going on for several hours/days.

Harry Boscoe has also been quite helpful (as Spell Czech and himself), and might be approached to see if he wants to be a co-moderator.


Kevinh5 20:48, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Another volunteer:


Leslie Kotrba, CPA

is willing to help with co-moderating the site.




I can co-moderate. I spend more time on my computer these days. Let me know.

TomTom O'Connor (Taocpa) 16:33, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Hallo, I am wondering why my post was moved to the customer forum ? Thanks

Job Board ? Hi ! Is there any chance we could get a job board posted ? There are a number of us practitioners who want to hire per diem for tax season and I'm sure some preparers looking to be hired. Even outside of tax season. This would be a great network for Intuit users. Thanks, Doug

Disappearing thread

What does it mean when a thread that was being actively discussed just disappears? How does that occur?

Disappearing thread

What does it mean when a thread that was being actively discussed just disappears? How does that occur?

removing my user name from TA

Tim, I sent this to Trillium and he suggested I send it to you. To: Trillium, I guess you're the one to ask this of but although I have learned so much and appreciate the connection with so many other tax and accounting individuals on TA, I am finding two things that concern me. I have posted enough here that my user name comes up way too often in even a Google search to make me comfortable. As well, though I will continue to come here to search for answers, etc. I will no longer post responses or questions this being mainly due to some of the discussions posted in the General Chat. It seems that this very useful website has been hijacked by some who use it as their own to post some very unagreeable comments and links. That's all I will say about that as it is each person's right to say and do as they please but I do not want to be a part of this any longer. That said, is there a way to either change or eliminate my user name entirely from TA? Thank you for your help.LJACPA 23:54, 13 September 2011 (UTC)


Hi Tim,

Just a heads up...several times in the recent past, I've posted responses to questions and I immediately get kicked out of TA. Then, when I go back in, my post shows up, but not my name - It still shows the name of the person that posted immediately prior to my last post. It's problematic because posters, who may view the master page only, assume that there are no new posts to the thread...since a new name isn't populated.

Chris Ckenefick 14:26, 18 September 2011 (UTC)ckenefick

Hello Tim -

The more I use this website, the more I begin to like it. Thank you for being the moderator!

I would like to change my user name. Currently it is listed as JLesemann and because of the obvious, I would like to change it to:

1st pref - NC-CPA (I'm sure that is taken)

2nd pref - CPA-NC

3rd pref - CPA-HuntersvilleNC

If all of those are taken, feel free to pick something else reasonablly close.

Also, how do I get my user page to show I'm a CPA? I've seen some profiles that have a caption at the bottome stating this. It doesn't look like they put it there themselves but I could be wrong.

Thanks for any and all help!


If this is repetitious please let me know. I think my first message got slammed

Hello Tim -

The more I use this website, the more I begin to like it. Thank you for be the moderator!

I would like to change my user name. Currently it is listed as JLesemann and because of the obvious, I would like to change it to:

1st pref - NC-CPA (I'm sure that is taken)

2nd pref - CPA-NC

3rd pref - CPA-HuntersvilleNC

If all of those are taken, feel free to pick something else reasonablly close.

Also, how do I get my user page to show I'm a CPA? I've seen some profiles that have a caption at the bottome stating this. It doesn't look like they put it there themselves but I could be wrong.

Thanks for any and all help!


Hello Tim -

The more I use this website, the more I begin to like it. Thank you for be the moderator!

I would like to change my user name. Currently it is listed as JLesemann and because of the obvious, I would like to change it to:

1st pref - NC-CPA (I'm sure that is taken)

2nd pref - CPA-NC

3rd pref - CPA-HuntersvilleNC

If all of those are taken, feel free to pick something else reasonablly close.

Also, how do I get my user page to show I'm a CPA? I've seen some profiles that have a caption at the bottome stating this. It doesn't look like they put it there themselves but I could be wrong.

Thanks for any and all help!


Hello Tim,

I recently created an account and I see that one of the options in my preferences is to allow email from other users- but I can't figure out how to send another user an email. How do you do that?

thank you

Jmadison 19:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC)


Hi Tim- Please ignore my last message to you- I see that the email option is listed in the toolbox. Thanks Jmadison 17:19, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

email notifications for Watchlist items

Tim, I asked Trillium about this a while back and it was suggested that I ask you. (I worded it that way because I don't know whether Trillium is a HE or SHE! ;) ) I used to get an email notification whenever a Watchlist item changed. I have not gotten one for several months, even though pages I want to see are marked. Today, I got my first notification in a long time...a change that VATaxes made to Natalie's page. I don't know how I accidentally marked her page, but was happy to see the system working again. Has something been fixed where I can expect to continue to see these notifications? Thanks!  : ) OCNumberz 17:50, 3 November 2011 (UTC) chris

Use of real name question..

In my preferences, I just saw that if we provide our real name, then we will be given credit for our posts. My concern is whether this info, our name, is posted or made available to others?

Hi Tim

Sorry to bother you with such items but I've worked with Trillium and Kevin to no avail. I have no idea what this guy's problem is or why he feels it is appropriate to come out of the woodwork and personally attack me for no reason. This is the last in a long list of problems he's caused.

This is clearly a violation of the rules around here yet he's left around to just continue.

Here's the post:

Here's what he wrote in case he deletes it:

"Brock seems to be pretty determined to find the laziest way to accomplish his goals without earning it. Before he starts he's got a bigoted opinion and sour grapes approach after he asks for peoples' opinions. Why not search every state in the country, find the state that's got the most lenient way to pass the CPA exam and get your license, then change your resident state? That way - you won't have to go through the painful exhausting way of earning the CPA credential by earning it through hard work and merit. I went to the Becker CPA Review school - the one Brock hates - during income tax season and wound up passing the CPA exam over 20 years ago. The one thing Becker taught was to have an organized thinking mind, as well as understand learning and test taking techniques. Yes - it's a different environment today - so I can't compare it as if it's the same. Remember his spelling of relief - H O M E W O R K. Guess you didn't do it Brock.

But when a person has enough determination to STICK IT OUT in spite of all the unpleasant obstacles (oops - I clicked my heels, Brock - sorry to intrude in your space for privacy) and not looking for excuses to complain for sympathy - they'll get by the exam."

Not only is it a direct and uncalled for personal attack, I have no idea what he's talking about in much of it.

Can you not ban this guy? Trillium and Kevin can vouche for the problems I have had with this guy.



Post deleted because profile did not indicate was tax professional

I hope you are the right person to ask. I just stumbled across this discussion: Discussion:Reasons to transfer real estate into an S Corp, and noticed in the Tax Questions list of discussions that I was shown as the last poster. I did not remember this post so I looked for it and, if I am reading the thread correctly, it has been removed and replaced with "post removed - no user profile indicating the person is a tax pro". Am I interpreting this correctly? It is of no consequence, but I am curious. Thanks. Podolin 02:42, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Delete account or name change (Trillium did respond...)

Hello Sir,

Can you please DELETE my account or if unable to, please change my username to Julie77?

Happy Holidays.

01:20, 20 December 2011 Startraveler19

Message from TonyA (trillium responded back in December)

Tim, I have received message from you regarding a message moved from the professional forum to the consumer forum. Also, another message indicating I have no profile. You need to clarify a little more, since I checked my profile there and I would think anyone who reads it would realize that with 32 years experience and being a user of Proseries for past twenty years would qualify me to be on this website. If you have any additional suggestions please let me know. I am concerned of why my message was targeted. Thanks

Message from cpatalano (trillium responded 3/15)

Hello Tdoyle,

Please change my user name. My name is currently cpatalano.


FranklinTaxes (my first preference)

FranklinCPA (my next choice)

Thanks very much.


Cpatalano 18:38, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

discussion removal

Tim, Am I permitted to remove all parts of a discussion that I started even though others have contributed to it? Or is it possible for you to take one down? Thanks Jack

Tim - I've responded to Jhiggins; check his talk page and please add to that as you see fit. Thanks, Trillium 04:03, 18 May 2012 (UTC)'

Tim, the Tax Code resource needs to be updated

About the Internal Revenue Code something not updated since 2007 can't be relied on. I used TaxAlmanac's version of the tax code to write a CPE text I presented at the NAEA conference last week, and all of the penalty amounts I cited were incorrect. Of course, that was my fault, but having the WRONG answer out there is worse than having NO answer. I say we disable the Code and Regs from the site if they can't be imported correctly and up to date.

Thanks Kevinh5

Many years ago I set up my account and I used my real name (Laurie Lawrence) for a User Name. I would prefer to not have my real name out there and would like to change it to "Braycall" - is that something you can do?


Laurie Lawrence


Would it be possible to highlight or put some indication on the discussion main page/s that would indicate that a poster has been following or has posted to a topic? It sure would be helpful and make the post easier to find without having to go back and forth to the watchlist or my contributions page. Taxea

Hi Tim, I have a research Question. I was looking for Reg Sec 1.21-1(d)(1). When I go to the Regulations and Income Tax I do not find this Reg. Where should I be looking? Thank you for your help. Harlan

Thanks, Tim!

...for the user page confirmation.

Trillium 02:57, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Change User Name

Hi, I would like to change my user name from Taxoasis to Taxlady2010.

Thank you. Taxoasis 01:02, 6 March 2013 (UTC)Taxoasis

Change user name


Please change my user name from Bshiney to TOperspective

Thank you,


weird thing happened when i posted a question?

i normally post here under scottycoyote. I went in tonight to ask a question and when i posted, i noticed the site has me logged in as Peter428, and it asked my question as if i was Peter428. Im not sure how this has happened, but for some reason when i log in to the site, it automatically logs me as this user, not sure if its just me or others but i wanted to make you aware of itPeter428 01:16, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Dear Mr. Doyle, I am surprised that I see no one talking about IC-DISCs. It concerns me as this is a very good technique and if there is a dearth of this topic, maybe this will be my contribution. My question posted was:

Bretsharon (talk|edits) said: 24 July 2013 Why don't we see more IC-DISCs? I have to engineers who spread out their work on the kitchen table while the construction site is in China. According to IC regs, you can use a IC-DISC if are doing engineering or architecture in the US for a project outside the US, then that qualifies as an export receipt. 1.993-1 Is there a mine there and I don't see it??

Thank you


Wow, you sure made my day...

...when you did this: ""(User rights log); 16:16 . . Tdoyle (Talk | contribs) changed group membership for User:Harry Boscoe from (none) to Trusted""

"Trusted" is a term that is so much more complimentary than any of my *closer* friends would use to describe me. But then you don't know me very well...

I will do what I can to earn that trust!!

Thank You, Tim Doyle,

Harry B.



Any way to get Coddington back to Trusted Status? He has not posted in a while, but I understand he wishes to return. He knows the accounting method stuff inside and out. He's been a valuable asset to the forum in the past and I assume he will be going forward.

Ckenefick 23:41, 20 January 2014 (UTC)ckenefick

Change name

Can my user name be changed from Aatop to Angryorchard?

Requests for reinstatement

Hi Tim,

Requests to be reinstated, from another forum I visit:



21:14, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

And, another one...

Belle 20:11, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Please Add to "Trusted Users"

Tim, I received an email from Paul J. Polini asking to be added to the "Trusted Users" list. He said that he sent you an email to your Intuit address in Texas, but got no response. His user name is CIP1040. Could you please add him to the list? Thanks. DaveFogel 14:39, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Another Trusted User - Please Add

Tim, I also received an email from Marc Drinkwater, who says he sent an email to but got no reply. Please reinstate him. His user name is Mld123: Thanks. DaveFogel 19:55, 20 March 2014 (UTC)


I have a co-worker in our tax office who would like to become a new member of this forum. How does he go about doing that? I tried searching on the website and looking in the FAQs but I'm not seeing how this process should be started.

Thanks, Globalexpress 21:01, 21 March 2014 (UTC)Globalexpress


Hi.. please also add the member "Oncall" to the list. Thanks !

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