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Not Your Father's Beta Site

Hey, the beta status has been removed. I haven't been checking back often enough! Keep up the good work.

You are welcome Tim




Your presentation to the Council made a great impression on me, so here I am. Hope to see you soon again.

-- Larry Hess

another missing topic from me


    I just submitted a question to the forum and it didn't show up.  I then went to "my contributions" tab and it was listed there.  The question was in regards to required minimum distributions.


Accounting Students Using this board

As you can tell, I've been a poster on this board for the last few weeks. I learned about it from a Quickbooks seminar on the 2007 Quickbooks Accountants Edition. I really enjoy participating in the board, and in responding to questions. However, I do resent accounting students coming here asking us to do their homework assignments, work out their specific tax problems because they want to avoid having to pay an accountant under the notion that they know something about accounting/taxes. You've got one on there now - a freshman accounting student with a husband who is a medical malpractice attorney - who just wants us to give her answers, because with her limited knowledge believes she's going to do everything on her own to avoid consulting with someone who does know. She apparently isn't familiar with payroll tax issues, tax ramifications, compliance filing - but expects that with her limited basic elementary knowledge - is going to come here for answers. If she's not stopped, she'll probably come back here again. How are you able to stop this practice?

Ditto above

I too do not think we should be answering students' questions for them, with the possible exception of some theoretical questions that might involve several arguments. See my reply to Uncle Sam.

Why is there a blue dashed line around the body?


 I'm new to Tax Almanac.  I've sent this message to two people, and I don't understand why there is a blue box around the body of this message.  Am I doing something wrong????

Thanks, Pam

Good morning,

I just want some clarification on the 351 transfer of assets & notes payable from a Sch. C to an S-Corp.  Situation is this:  Trucks & equipment NBV are around 200,000, loans are around 100,000.  Some of the trucks are fully depreciated, but still carry notes.  (Don't ask how/why-previous tax preparer deducted mileage AND actual expenses!!!.)
I believe I transfer the assets at lesser of FMV or book, & transfer the notes at principal balance.  But do I do it in total?  That is, on the eqpt that's fully depreciated, the taxpayer is transferring zero basis, and being relieved of a liability.  Is this "gain" taxable?  When I read Sec. 357(c)(3), concerning liabilites assumed, I am a bit confused.  When I transfer these notes, they do not create/increase an asset.  Give rise to interest expense only. Therefore we leave the N/P's out of the equation?????  I'm confused.
 Also, an unrelated question.  If the Sch. C "rented" the equipment/trucks to another C-Corp, would this be SE Taxable?  It appears to me this is the rental of personal property.............

Thanks so much for any reply.

Pam Papp


I'll try it. Pam


OK, I'm trying to get additional catagories listed for my name. How do I do that?

User name

Can you change your user name once you have been set up or do I need to set a whole new user?

Mashup Idea


Sorry for the delay in getting back to you with any ideas. You had talked about the limitations regarding namespaces, categories, etc. and it gave me an idea that I hope could work and be considered for implementation.

As I write this, I notice that "All Topics" is composed of 6,261 posts of which 5,941 are from the Tax Questions Forum. Since so few questions / comments (only 320 as of now) are in the other "Discussion:" namespaces **combined**, can we do the following:

1) Change the namespace of the current Tax Question Forum and code it as available to everyone. That is, paid preparers who have completed a profile, self-preparers and anyone who has not completed a profile stating that they are a paid preparer. Making the "historic" forum available to all does not disadvantage anyone retroactively. And, as time goes on, only OPs from self-preparers will be posted here.

2) Add a second Tax Question Forum called Tax Questions From Paid Preparers (or similar) and give it the same namespace as above. This one would be coded as only available to those who have filled out a profile and checked a box stating that they are a paid preparer. (Pseudonyms could still be used for those who wish to remain anonymous.)

3) Create the mashup that allows the two forums to be viewed at once a la "All Topics" in the "Discussion:" namespace.

Those who have created their profile and checked the paid preparer box (or perhaps one of the following boxes: CPA, EA, Attorney, Paid Preparer, etc.) could bookmark in one of three ways: a) Forum with OPs from self preparers; b) forum with OPs from paid preparers with profiles; or c) the combination of the two forums.


Peter C. Gatto, CPA 01:52, 29 November 2006 (CST)

Side-Effect of Switch From Beta


When TA was still in beta, "my talk", "preferences", etc. were in the upper right-hand corner of my screen. After the switch they are in the upper left-hand corner. The problem is that the TA logo, which has not switched places, covers up "My Talk" and probably one other choice that I cannot remember. The only choices I see now are "preferences", "my bookmarks", "my contributions" and "log out".

Similarly, ". . .this IP" and "Create an account or log in " used to be in the upper right-hand corner, but have switched to the upper left-hand corner. The ". . ." above is what is hidden by the TA logo.

Thanks, Peter C. Gatto, CPA 01:29, 30 November 2006 (CST)

Beta Side Effect


I actually use Avant Browser; however, I competely forgot that it is an "overlay" of IE. (So much so that when you click Help / About it only gives the Avant Browser Build Number rather than including the IE version as well.)

At home I, in fact, did upgrade to IE7 while at work we still use IE6. And lo and behold here at work everything is in the correct place.

I *love* coincidences. And I *love* Microsoft.

Ironically, I just received my latest e-mail from Steve Ballmer regarding how great Microsft is and how it will make me taller, more handsome and richer. All I have to do in exchange is drink the Kool-Aid.

Regards, Peter C. Gatto, CPA 09:55, 30 November 2006 (CST)

Hi: I very much enjoy your board. I would like to change my user name, how do I do that? Thanks.


So how is Solomon adding those links? Scotttax


I am having trouble. I made a post, not to cause a problem. I am not a CPA. I am looking for the law that requires me to file a tax return and pay taxes. I have heard some information that disturbes me.

Can you point me to the text in black and white that requires this? This will ease my mind immensley. Any information you could provide would be great.22:27, 1 December 2006 (CST)

Thank you Chris


I have received some direction. Still looking for clarification.


Thanks Tim. You can change my user name to Cttax. Thanks.

User profiles

Tim --

I think you ought to do something:

Soft: Encourage more discussion. Send out periodic reminders with the kind of explanation I posted.

Hard: Require a certain amount of personal info. when a new account is created.

Both of above.

-- Larry

Hi Tom I thought maybe those john does were all the same guy just screwing around. So as I noted on my comment since "you're the culprit" I will try not to upset the questioners. But I do enjoy ruffling the feathers once in a while. If someone doesnt figure out the humor in things I do apologize. No one knows everything even me. :) so onward. bye wesr

Thank you.

I sort of messed up signing on and forgot for my signautre, also. Sorry.

SueSnp 12:25, 5 December 2006 (CST)


Thanks, Tim, I appreciate it...heading north now to be with one of the other buds. Hold the fort down. JR1

Printing and Viewing


How do I get it to print the entire text-like all Section 4975?


Joe SANDSINC 16:11, 7 December 2006 (CST)

Hi Tim; Sandy here

Hey there Tim. I have to say one thing; I am disappointed in some of the members here and even though I know you can't do much about it, I just needed to vent.

There are some almightier than others here who post answers in very harsh and insensitive words. I watch the forum sometimes and don't post at all for this very reason. Some of the new members tend to think they know "EVERYTHING" and then talk down to those who don't know as much.

This is only recently that I have seen this and I hope and pray that new posters here will not be reluctant to ask questions for fear of humiliation on this board.

OK>>>>done venting now.

I love tax almanac but as it is with anything else on the internet, you can take what you need and leave the rest but is there a way we can all approach each other with respect and not post things which are negative on the person and or their expertise?


Thank you Tim :)

I appreciate your mail as well :). Thank you for this option if we can as a community have this code of conduct (much as ethical considerations in our professions), then I think it could really work!!

I also think that Intuit doesn't need to bear the weight of policing this site and I understand completely.

I am just a firm believer in treat others as you on and so forth. When I first arrived here, I did not see much of this type of responding and now...seems to be more and more frequent.

Thank you soo much :)


Answering messages

Hi Tim,

I'm still groping around here --- there is a message on my user page, which I would like to respond to, but I can't figure out how to do that. The sender's name is not included anywhere and I don't see any "reply" button!

Katie Jaques

Contribution to Fire Department

Tim - Thanks. It seems like the only ruling is Morris N. Scharf v. Commr, TC Memo 1973-265 and there is alot of uncertainity in this area. None of the 3 discussions you sent me had any definitive information. Do you have any other guidance?

picture insert

Hi Tim, I was playing around with the icons on my user page. I thought I would see how a picture looked, so I uploaded it. I have no idea where it went. Would you please move it to my user page?Natalie 03:36, 12 December 2006 (CST)Natalie

By the way, did you put "Just want to say thank you" on my page?


If you say so. The Ivari was a download from a free .gif site and the book copyright is mine. Dennis

The Man in The Darksuit

Copyright 1980 by Dennis R. Caro Dennis


Vari was from Should not be an infringement problem. They advertise "royalty free." Dennis

I like Tax Almanac. But I think I am not using it correctly.

I need to know how to use this Tax Almanac. Where do I suppose to start and go where, etc. Would you tell me that? I really do not know which screen to start and what. And what I do when I am finished. Click on Save page,etc.? Thanks.

15:14, 12 December 2006 (CST)

Thank you TIMMMM

Thank you for the outline...mixed feelings about it I guess. I may get some grief for my response, but hey....I been in trouble before!!! hehe



Thanks, Tim, not a problem. It's one of those little gifs that are all over the place, so I wasn't sure of the copyrights on it...I hope to be back in a couple of days. Tough week... Jeff

Unfortunately, I had to delete your Zorro picture due to copyright issues which are described on our Website Use and Contribution Terms. I wish I could allow content like this as I think it adds personality to the user pages, but if I did I wouldn't be doing my job.

Sorry about that,


Retrieved from ""


This signature [[User:Lhhesscpa|Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM | Talk to Me was produced from the following entry in my Nickname:

"Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM | [[UserTalk:Lhhesscpa|Talk to Me"

It doesn't seem to need the space you mention.

-- Larry

I've noticed the changes you have tried to make with your signature, as follows:

"Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM | Talk to Me"

You need to add a space between "User" and "Talk" in the second link.

Response to message

Tim, yes, what you have added is adequate. I just wanted a way to link without having to climb up the ladder from the Tax Discussion page to the Main page before getting to another page, e.g., the Accounting Discussion page. Thanks. Jim Dugan

leave a message

How do I provide a link to me when I leave a message to other people so that they can respond to me? Thanks. Thank you.


Recent Posts

Hi Doyle, I met you last month at the Customer Council meeting. Finally joined here and been checking in daily. Question is, can I do something to see the recent posts since last login? I thought you said that was do-able. Thanks Harlan Levinson

How do I find Shannon

Hi "Shannon" left me a message but I couldn't determine the date or time it was left or how to respond to it. He says he is John Doe with the nickname Shannon...what do I do?

Thanks so much for keeping the riff-raff outta here!!!

User Info

Hi Tim You can move the information from anuenue to taxea. You can also delete They are all me..I guess it was early on and I was figuring out how to use the site. taxea

Consider a JD designation?

Tim: Would you consider having a JD (Juris Doctor/law) designation besides the others you have now, CPA etc?--CrowJD 18:39, 17 December 2006 (CST)

Thanks Tim

Thanks Tim! --CrowJD 19:24, 17 December 2006 (CST)



Chat using My Talk

Tim, thanks for taking care of & explaining this. I gather there's not a good way to create a private chat thread in the Wiki world.

--Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

I blanked out your phone number and email address that you added to this page. It is common for automated "robots" used by spammers to view any and all webpages they can find to add phone numbers and email addresses to their collection for spamming purposes. I'd hate for you to start getting spam due to your posts on TaxAlmanac.

Yvette left you a message here, but to reply to her, you'd need to go to her talk page. Only then will she be notified that you have responded.

Also, a better way to begin private communication is to go to her page and select "E-mail this user". That's the safest way to send someone your phone number or email address without announcing it to the world. In order for this to work, the other person must have added their email address to their preferences. If they haven't, they can go to your user page and send you a message in the same way. If you need any help with this, just let me know.


Thanks Tim

I would be honored Tim :)

Well just made my day!!! I would be honored if you used a quote from me to speak to those who are not active right now. Thank you for asking!!!


Mendatory Profile

Hi Tim, First of all let me thank you for doing such a wonderfull job maintaning "Taxalmanac."

Two suggestions: 1) Make profile mendatory to use this site. Without a profile it is very difficult to know expertise of the user.

2) Add a column "Original Post Date." Sometimes users answer a question after six or more months later and it goes on the top of the list. If it is very old issue I do not like to read it again (unless it interest to me).

Thanks again for good work. May God bless you!Inagpurwala 16:40, 19 December 2006 (CST)

Print discussion

Tim, sorry for my lack of computer literacy, but can I print a discussion? If I've failed to read some instruction, I apologize in advance.--CrowJD 09:51, 20 December 2006 (CST)

From User Page to Talk Page

How do I get from a user page to a talk page so I can leave them a message. Sorry, probably a dumb question, but I'm new to this. :)


Now that was fast TDoyle. I get a restricted error when I try to upload. Cmundo 16:56, 22 December 2006 (CST)

Uploaded...Now what

Tim-- I am what? Thanks, Chris


That's great Tim...thanks for your help. Cmundo 17:14, 22 December 2006 (CST)

Merry Christmas Tim!!!

Thank you Tim for everything this past year. I hope you have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas!!


Thanks-The Newbie

I'm learning.

Can you direct me to a post?

Hey Tim;

I have been searching this morning for a post a while back about how much to pay an individual to prepare tax returns for a CPA...basically a percentage of the total fees charged the client.

I can't seem to find it...can you help me?

Thanks as always,

Sandy :)


I originated a thread where someone popped in to rant about the fact that he did not believe me. The post was almost entirely about my character, in rather assaultive terms. His actual topic discussion was not completely, but almost, ancillary. While people are certainly entitled to their opinions, is outright flaming allowed here?

--Lostbyirs 20:30, 29 December 2006 (CST)


Can you please reduce the size of my picture? Im an accountant....not a photographer. Thanks.


I figured it out.


Monte Carlo.

I'm enjoying TA

Tim --

I'm enjoying using TA. The interface is comfortable to use; and, I'm beginning to use the resources. I would like a more specific search tool. For instance, when I just want to see a specific IRS document, say a Code section,0 I would like be able to go there without encountering the rather broad results that are presented. I also find browsing resources such as the IRC tedious. I also wish there were more members who were more forthcoming about their profiles. The scarce personal (really professional) info. makes be question credibility and even motives at times. I find it off-putting when someone remains anonymous or who seems to represent themselves as expert and posts authoritative-sounding material. Real names would be nice. So I'm trying to be somewhat careful in who I respond to as well as the topics; and, in the quality of my postings. That means doing some hard research which is time-consuming. I'm learning that giving answers on the fly can be a bad, although tempting, approach. Overall, though TA is becoming a regular place that I visit. -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Hi Tim,

Thanks for your messages. I knew about linking to Publications, but sometimes, it's quicker for me to copy and paste the URL where I looked up something, usually at the IRS site from a bookmark on my home page (out of habit). I'll try to remember to link to Pubs here from now on, unless the link goes to a certain section within the Pub. Speaking of that, is there a way to link to the following URL (Pub 521) here at the Tax Almanac?

Thanks again,


Deback 15:55, 2 January 2007 (CST)

Hi again,

For an example, after you edited the Pub URL that I posted a few minutes ago, users now have to click three times to get to the link that I posted (that would have taken one click, if the link had remained unedited). Since your edited link finally gets to the IRS site after three clicks, is it incorrect for me to continue posting links that go directly to the IRS site and which go to the exact spot in the Pub that I intended? I just want to make sure that I'm not breaking any rules here, but I also try to do things the quickest way.



Deback 15:55, 2 January 2007 (CST)


Ok, yes, I do understand why you prefer TA links. I didn't think about the fact that the IRS may change their links in the future.

As far as the three clicks: (1) clicking on the link in my msg, (2) then clicking on either HTML or PDF on the TA Pub page, and (3) then clicking on the section title at the IRS (HTML version) to get to the section I was researching. My link went directly to the section in the Pub at the IRS.

From now on, I'll link only to TA and then will add further instructions in my messages telling people where to find the information in the Pub.

>>Users are concentrating on the discussion forum, and that's a good thing, but I don't think they've seen the true power that this wiki site could offer. I need to find ways to encourage people to participate in the creation of TaxAlmanac, instead of just discussions.

Like the majority of other users, I'm only interested in the discussions here. I think we come here for something to do to fill the time (especially during the non-tax season time), to test our knowledge, feed our egos, and to discover areas of the tax laws that we need to become more familiar with. Most tax preparers aren't writers, so I can understand why articles are not being written on TA. I understand what you're trying to do, but I think the discussions are the most helpful to tax preparers and individuals.

Thanks again, and I do appreciate all that you've done with this site. I know how time-consuming it is for you, because I used to have two large web sites, and I literally spent most of my waking hours maintaining the sites and editing pages.

Deb Deback 17:29, 2 January 2007 (CST)

Cousin Harry

Tim, This is your first cousin once removed. Did I make a mistake in using my name as my users name? I am an EA and doing a little tax work this year (as little as possible) and wanted to check out TaxAlmanac as a research tool. I didn't know what a tilde was but I found it on the key board. I would like to talk to you about our other interest in common before your trip in May so please give me a call. Happy New Year, Harry Hashetrone 09:46, 4 January 2007 (CST)


KL is my office partner Ken who prepared 1,389 tax returns last year. He is not a member of Tax Almanac.

can't find question posted


    Tried posting a new discussion and I can't seem to find where it went.  Can you help locate it.  The topic was Travel expenses.  Thanks Tim.



I wanted to let you know that you have done a great job with Tax Almanac. I looked at the sight last year after one of the Lacerte meeting at Planto.

I was shocked by all the positive changes made to Tax Almanac in just over a year.

Keep up the good work!

Steve Lohman


Summer 2006!! For Real!!!

Home page

I am having a hard time setting up my home page. I had been going by the name andyblue but now I ended up with the page in the name of my email address, which I probably don't want to do and maybe is not allowed. Can you guide me to where I could edit the page correctly?

Thanks 12:17, 7 January 2007 (CST)

New Idea

Hi Tim,

Yes, please send an email to XXXX@XXXX and let me know what you have in mind. I would be willing to talk on the phone, too, if it can't be accomplished by email. I'm watching movies tonight and plan on starting my year-end work tomorrow, but I should have extra time in the next two weeks before I'll have tax appointments constantly.

Deb Deback 18:54, 7 January 2007 (CST)

New Idea

Sounds like a great idea, and I had a feeling your idea was about something like this. I think it would really help to have categories set up, and I wouldn't mind at all helping out with this. I also agree with you about messages floating to the top after minor edits, and I've wished there was a way to get around this. So, when do I start? I have the Bad Debt message edited, but I haven't saved the page yet, because I assume something needs to be done first to set up the categories (the links are currently red when I previewed the edit).


Deb Deback 20:08, 7 January 2007 (CST)


If you wish to change any category names that I've created, feel free to do that.  :) I may not be choosing the best names.

Deb Deback 20:29, 7 January 2007 (CST)


Adding the topics is another great idea! When I went to my New Messages page, I thought I saw a message from you that said your idea was to add only two topics, but when the page actually loaded, that message was not at the end of my messages, so I don't know if I imagined seeing that or not. Please let me know if I'm adding too many categories. Yea, this is addicting, but I'm wondering if I should quit for awhile, since I'm starting to bring up messages older than 24 hours.

Deb Deback 21:13, 7 January 2007 (CST)

Adding Categories

I think your ideas to add more to the Community Portal are great. After you've added the new descriptions, posting your changes to Tax Questions would help bring it to everyone's attention. Ok, I'll quit for now but will continue to add categories now and then. I think tonight was a good time to add a bunch, since I have a feeling there is less traffic on Sunday nights. Thanks for including me in on this.

Deb Deback 21:48, 7 January 2007 (CST)

Source Documents

Here's the source for Revenue Ruling 2006-46

I believe all of them came from this site.




Hi Tim,

Regarding Energy Credits vs Credits, there are about 20 credits available, such as, earned income credit, child care credit, energy credit, child tax credit, tuition credit, etc. But I'll leave it up to you. Just let me know if you prefer one category titled Credits. Also, thanks for letting me know about clicking on the red links and creating pages for them. I wasn't aware that I could do that and will do that now from the Category pages. Then I should get to work.


Deb Deback 11:01, 8 January 2007 (CST)


That's what I was thinking we should do last night, but I wasn't sure how to do that (still don't know for sure how to make sub-categories). Ok, that's what I'll do from now on.


Deb Deback 11:16, 8 January 2007 (CST)

What is up with Deback?

Just curious...I happened to be in my office today...rare as it is...hehe

I saw Deb responding but no something goofy going on?

Happy Tax Season TIM!! that is interesting!!


I was very confused and then I answered a post today where the poster thought Deb had responded but she had not; just her name was there as a response.

Anything to add to this site is most welcome!!!

Thanks Tim for letting me know I am not crazy :)

Fun Work vs Real Work

At this moment, I'd rather do this than start with the year-end work. I've decided I can start the real work tomorrow or even Wednesday, but I do need to get groceries sometime today. Let me know if you don't agree with anything I'm doing.


Deb Deback 16:34, 8 January 2007 (CST)

Category List

Tim - I've been using that list all afternoon and am currently going through it adding a few more categories to some of the new categories I've already added. I'll get back to the Publications list in awhile.  :)

Deb Deback 17:47, 8 January 2007 (CST)

It just happened again

As I'm writing to you, it happpened! Suddenly, the sentence is gone. Not letter by letter. Just gone. And the screen reverts, like you're refreshing. Hmmmm. I changed a setting on my browser to automatically refresh, I bet that's it! Thanks.


I wondered what Deb was up to! She was refreshing so many things...and I didn't see her tracks. I use Avant, which is a skin over IE with multiple tabs like Firefox and Opera. I just discovered last Fri. that I could have it auto refresh every so often depending on what time frame I asked for. So what it was doing was refreshing, while I was writing...and making it go away! Have now ended the auto refresh thing, too bad, since it was handy. Ah well. Sorry for alarm.


Something weird's going on with Deback. Seems like whenever she reads an article, the "Last Reply" shows her name even though she didn't reply. I noticed this last night and it's continuing tonight.

Deback continued

Thanks. I'm just used to seeing your name there. You're doing a great job! Thanks!


Hi Tim,

I've gotten through the forms and publications you have listed here, but I still need to organize the Individual and Expenses categories. Some entries need to be added or deleted from those categories to be more logical, but I have to stop now and go get my pacemaker checked and then start on the year-end work (which will take the rest of the week). I'm pretty sure I'll have some time at night in the next few days to get back at this. I have a feeling I won't have much time to add categories to the discussions until after April 16th. I'm a little nervous about doing that too much, due to the "floating" problem and the confusion it causes. Thanks for allowing me to help out!

Deb Deback 10:36, 9 January 2007 (CST)

user profile

Hi, I set up user: kkmaxout over 1 month ago. How do I complete my user profile now? thanks

Categorization Team

Hi Tim,

It sounds very good to me. I found nothing I thought should be changed in the wording. One thing I've been doing when creating pages for new categories is to just type "& n b s p ;" without the quotes and spaces, but I don't know if this is important to mention or not. I'm just starting on doing my work for today, but I'll probably be back on here later today. Thanks again.

Deb Deback 12:11, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Deleting Discussions

Thanks, Tim, for letting me know how to delete discussions. I'll check it all out later (sounds easy enough), but I wanted to let you know what happened, in case you weren't around then. The user posted the same question twice, and one of the messages had a subject title of RE only. I added a category to her other message that had the correct title, and then D&T answered her question in the bad RE message. So, I quickly pasted his message into the correct title message and then changed the title of the bad message to Please delete this, Tim, so that others would not respond to the bad message.


Deb Deback 13:13, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Content Team

Hi Tim,

I would like to help on the content team this year as time allows. Where should I concentrate my efforts? The revenue rulings? Also, if revenue rulings, could you link me an example of what you consider the desired format?

William Price, EA | Portland, OR - Talk to me

What I Did

I was hoping you wouldn't mind. But when the week of the 22nd gets here, I'm afraid I won't have much time to spend here until after April 15th...maybe 1/2 an hour a day at the most, 15 min in the morning and 15 min at night.

Deback 13:22, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Domestic Production Activities Deduction

We did a lot of theoretical work on this in discussion last year that will be of help in the upcoming tax season. If you add the category I will link (slowly). Dennis


Thanks for your help with that, Tim. I had a feeling you'd let me know how to do that, and I always welcome any tips and advice. Don't ever worry that I'll want to ignore anything you tell me. Recently, I've been wondering how that was done and was planning on checking out the help page or the Wiki site, but then I subconsciously was hoping you'd let me know (due to lack of time, I guess).  :)

Deback 17:30, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Revenue Rulings

Tim - when you say cut and paste to get RR's into TaxAlmanac, I tried this but get lost. Secondly, I do not find a complete listing by year at the IRS web site. Tax Links has them, but assumed you did not want them coming from that site.

--Solomon 18:24, 10 January 2007 (CST)


Thanks Tim regarding Revenue Rulings. Will try that. I still don't see how to add things to the tax questions like Deback is doing. How about a step by step as you did on the Revenue Rulings. Thanks.

--Solomon 18:50, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Revenue Rulings

Tim - when I right click on the pdf file there is no option to "select all."

--Solomon 19:03, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Deleting Bad Messages

>>Well, if you delete the top line in a discussion, that removes the template, which will remove the category, which will remove it from the forum listing. A quick way to get a topic out of the forum.

I tried this on the current "1031 Excange" message that is blank. I deleted the top line, and the message did not disappear from the Tax Questions forum listing, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

Since then, the user typed his question into the message, so I can't delete it now, but I guess I need a little more help with this.


Deb Deback 22:32, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Never Mind?

I think I know what happened. The user probably had that message open, typing his message (on his 2nd attempt), and that could be why the message didn't get deleted. Before I wrote to you the first time, I had added back everything that I deleted the first time. I'll get this eventually. :)

Deback 22:34, 10 January 2007 (CST)

Articles and LLC

Hi Tim,

I did realize what you meant by articles the other day after we first discussed it, and then I realized it was something I could do. At some point, I realized that text from the IRS could be copied into articles here, so it's basically creating pages (using non-copyrighted material, links, actual writings, etc.) and organizing it all on a page (which I've done in the past many times--the web sites I used to have had about 5,000 pages. I spent a lot of my time from mid-1996 through 2000 in Editpad--but I was also winning substantial prizes from Geocities, which I sold on eBay and to a local computer store, so I had an incentive to continue working on those sites--until Yahoo bought out Geocities, and then I deleted the sites near the end of 2004, due to being bored with them).

At the time I created the LLC category, I didn't realize you already had a Limited Liability Company page. If I had taken the time to look around some more, I might have found that and would have included a link to that page. But I think your edits are perfect! It looks great. Thank you for letting me know what you're working on, which helps give me more ideas on how I can help some more.

I realize there's a lot more to be done here, but it would take a lot of time that I don't have right now. But I'm going to try to add more categories today to some of the current articles and other things, as I find them, etc. I have three more year-end accounts to work on, but they haven't been dropped off yet, so I should have some time today, once I find some energy.  :)

Actually, I just remembered I've had three tax clients drop off their documents, so I probably should get started on those. Don't know if you'll notice that I added this last paragraph.


Deb Deback 11:13, 11 January 2007 (CST)

Deleting Messages

>>Well, if you delete the top line in a discussion, that removes the template, which will remove the category, which will remove it from the forum listing.

I tried this a few minutes ago (deleted the top line in the discussion) and even tried again by deleting all three lines in the bad message, but the message didn't disappear. So I just left it the way it was originally. I guess I'm doing something wrong. I'm deleting the entire {{ForumThreadHeading|Tax_Questions|Tax Questions}} on the top line in the "Individual Pin Numbers in Pro" message that is blank.

By the way, just FYI, I also ran a popular BBS in mid-Michigan (with four phone lines, six computers, about 100 online games, about 1000 message bases, and about 60,000 shareware files) from 1990 to 1997. I still write batch files, use DOS quite often, and have built over a dozen computers. I also was a Beta tester for Intuit for a year or two, just after Intuit bought out the company's software I was using. I started with CPAid in 1990 and then I ended up with Intuit in about 1996 or 1997. Intuit has been by far the best tax software, but I really hope the problems mentioned in the above thread can be fixed soon.

Thanks - Deb Deback 13:44, 11 January 2007 (CST)

Link to code section

Hi Tim, I see you added a reg. to the site that I had made reference to. Would you do the same for the "how do I close an S-corp" discussion? Natalie 15:02, 11 January 2007 (CST)Natalie

Ohhhh. Now I got it!

Deleting Spam

Hi Tim - I'm sorry to keep bothering you with this problem, but I just deleted the top line in the "How would you like to pay ZERO Tax?" discussion. I refreshed the page a few times and even went to my home page and deleted my cache. (My MSIE browser settings are set to show me the most recent page.) The message is still listed in the Tax Questions forum. Just wanted to let you know about the problem I'm having and the recent spam message.

Deback 15:51, 11 January 2007 (CST)

Spam and History

Yes, I've been accessing the forums using the All Forums link lately. That's the problem!

Thanks for letting me know a little history about yourself, too, and thanks for the interesting links. I noticed you have Adams in your family. My maiden name is Adams, and I'm related to the two presidents (Adams)--but on my mother's (Smith) side (they are distant cousins, a few times removed). She did family research for almost 50 years before she died, both the Adams and Smith sides, and also found that I'm a distant cousin to the two Roosevelt presidents and possibly to Brigham Young (but no exact proof). I wanted to help her, but she was stuck on all of the lines for years, and there wasn't much I could do to help her, so I went to the libraries with her and researched my ex's (Ackley) line for awhile and then forgot all about it after we divorced in 1982.

New Problems in the 2006 ProSeries Pro Software

Sorry for the delay in responding to this. I've been trying to decide what's important to report as problems in the program. I think I'll go ahead and just deal with entering the full birthdates, especially if there turns out to be no problem efiling incorrect birthdates for dependents when the year is correct. (If it would be too time-consuming to find out full birthdates from clients, I think I'll enter 07/01 but haven't quite decided yet.) The most time-consuming thing for me will be to check the "automatically enter PIN numbers" box. The discussion for this is here: Individual_Pin_Numbers_in_ProSeries_Professional Last year and prior years, that box was automatically checked for all clients, and I didn't need to check any boxes or enter PINs.

The additional questions that now need to be answered on the EIC worksheet will be pretty time-consuming for me. That discussion is here: EIC_-_Automatic_Due_Diligence_is_No_Longer_Automatic. In that same discussion, I also mentioned that I now need to enter my PIN on every state return for the city return--even when there is no city return to be filed. That step could be eliminated if the state module would get my PIN from the Federal module.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Deb Deback 16:28, 13 January 2007 (CST)

Hi Tim, I am looking for BOOKKEEPING business. The one you are refferring to is for Tax business and I have that one in my folder.

ThanksInagpurwala 17:34, 14 January 2007 (CST)

Where Does 'Summary' Show Up?

When I post, there is a box for 'Summary'. I have started filling it out but don't have a clue as to where it shows up. I thought it might be in the email change notifications but I haven't see it there (or no one else is filling it out). I certainly don't see it in the discussion itself. So, where does the 'Summary' show up?

searching old thread on a discussion

Hi Tim. I need help searching a previous discussion on "employer reimbursement of health insurance premium". How do I go about it? Thanks.


That's great!

Deback 19:55, 15 January 2007 (CST)


Tim -

I followed the directions you gave to me about 3 or 4 messages ago.

--Solomon 20:11, 15 January 2007 (CST)

Categorization Team

Yes, that would be a great idea! Then everyone would know about the discussion. I could also copy and paste the messages I recently wrote to JR in the new discussion area. (I've always wished there was a reply feature when answering personal messages, too, but don't know if that's possible with Wiki.) Good idea, Tim!

City Tax & PIN Problem

I thought I would be more specific about the PIN problem in the State/City program. In order to efile the Federal and State returns, I have to enter a five-digit PIN in the PIN field under "If third party designee is NOT preparer". This question relates to the city return, whether there is a city return included or not. I just verified this by opening up a client file with no city return. I still have to enter a PIN number in that field, even though I'm the preparer and third-party designee. This field is only for third-party designees who are not the preparer and only when a city return is included, so this is definitely a bug in the program.

If there is someone else at Intuit that I should either write to or fax bugs like this, I would be happy to do that, but I don't know where to send messages like this. There used to be a form within the program that I could type up problems and then send the messages to Intuit, but I don't think that's been available for a few years. I don't want to bother you with things like this, if I should be directing them elsewhere.


Deb Deback 14:16, 16 January 2007 (CST)


Good idea! Thanks for letting me know.

Deback 11:58, 17 January 2007 (CST)


Tim, I suggested someone look for a MSSP. Do you have a link on this board to MSSPs?

Hi. I am not familiar with the treatment of money received from class action suits. Would you know if such income is taxable in the year it is received and, if so, how is it reported on the 1040? The amount in question is approximately $1800. Thank you. Noel.

What links here

No, I guess I never paid attention to that link. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I would have already added categories to tons of discussions, but I've been staying away from that most of the time, because I don't want those discussions moving to the top with my name listed. If this problem is ever fixed, I would probably spend a lot of time doing that (especially after April 15th). I might get back to the articles today or tonight and do the rest of those on the Business page (under General Info), starting with S Corporate. Then I'll need to go deeper into some of the main headings to find more articles to categorize. I've also noticed that some IRC pages can be edited and some can't. Same with the Regs, so I haven't done anything with those pages.

Deback 13:02, 18 January 2007 (CST)

help with user page

HI Tdoyle,



Topical Index

Ok, I just opened Edit this page and am getting started, but I thought I'd better wait until you are done working on it. It might not be a good thing, if we're both editing that file at the same time.

Deback 16:34, 20 January 2007 (CST)

Topical Index

Ok, I've been working on it and discovered that I don't receive new messages while refreshing your talk page. I finally found your reply by going to a different link on TA. I'm going to save what I'm doing periodically, so don't look too close until later.  :)

Thanks Tim

You made my day by writing about my week....sorry; I don't mean to sound aggravated; it just has been a brutal week and I vented some...thank you my new friend :)


changing name for estock

Hi Tim - estock here - I have a question related to my account. I was wondering if I could change my tag name for privacy purposes. I didn't think about it when I was signing up so long ago and I am using basically my name. Anyway, I don't want to lose my standing so I was just wondering if my name could be changed to something else without creating a whole new account. Thanks! ---Elizabeth

name change

Awesome - Please change my username to woodstock. And will this change my name on all my previous posts, or just going forward? Thanks Tim


I started working on that for a minute, but then got distracted with more questions. It's not easy to do both, and right now, I keep thinking I should be resting, instead of sitting at the computer all the time. This is probably the last day I'll have no "real, income-producing" work to do until after April 16th. I like doing this stuff sometimes, but it is zapping the energy that I'll need for the next three months, and I have a feeling I'll regret not resting when I could and should have. I could spend hours on the MSSP and ATG pages, but I don't think my lower back can take much more of this. So, I'm not sure what I'll decide to do the rest of tonight.  :) Plus, I could tell you were working on it, after I started, so that's another reason why I decided to quit for awhile.

MSSPs and ATGs

I think it was a good idea to combine them on one page. It looks great!

Topical Index

That looks great.


What if I'm copying the text near the top of the MSSP or ATG itself? I thought that was an IRS document and thought it would be okay, but maybe not?


Should I delete the overviews for the few I did? I copied the text straight from the IRS documents that are on the unclefed site. I think the copyrights for the MSSPs and ATGs belong to the IRS, even though they are on the unclefed site.

Deback 21:00, 21 January 2007 (CST)


Right, I was actually going directly to the document and not to any other part of the unclefed web site. Thanks.

Tim - You Rock!!

Thanks so much WoodstockElizabeth

Topical Index

Yes, I finally finished that movie last night. Regarding the Topical Index, if the users like the way it is now, that's all that matters.

Deback 11:55, 22 January 2007 (CST)

Thanks for your help Tim. Stuart



delete user & discussion

Tim, would you please delete the account for "alias" as well as the only discussion started/participated in by this user. I received good feedback on how to handle the situation and don't think it is appropriate to leave this discussion online.

Blank Lines

Ok, glad you figured it out. That makes sense, now that I think about when it would work and when it wouldn't work. And that's good to know about articles vs discussions.

Deback 12:32, 23 January 2007 (CST)

Hi and congrats!

Tim, although I'm one of those Joe Does who pop up now and then on TA by choice or accident, I'd like you to know how I feel. You're doing a fantastic job and you're a fine man. I'm already addicted to the site. I also like Sandysea a lot. She's so genuine. Have a dumm question: is there a way to see the latest post on a thread first? In other words, to reverse the sequence in which I look at a thread? Sometimes I click on the same thread several times to read the most recent posts but I've already read all the earlier posts.

Thanks. Susana in FL (yogafan00)

Corporate and Shareholder tax questions

Tim, I am studying this topic and taking a review test. I am a finance person and am taking my masters in Taxation. I cannot believe how incredibly difficult it is to research one question and I have 150 on my review exam. I have spent a lot of time and am down to about 15-20 questions I cannot find answers to. Is there anyone I can hire to tutor me with this? I am at my wits end, but dont want to drop out of this course. I have used the BNA website and googled and am using the Bitker and Eustice book. It just seems to take forever to answer one question and research it. Thanks very much for any suggestions or resources you can locate. I would definitely pay someone to help me. Best Regards, Forrest

Mr. Doyle:

i am in favor of a split and it does not really matter how you do it. i look at this site from time to time but get discouraged when i see the utter simplicity of some of the questions posed. it is a waste of my time to sift thru this kind of stuff. it is apparent some persons are very new at tax prep and consulting or they are just too lazy to look something up in order to find the answer and retain the answer for the next time they need it.

i did not realize i guess that lay persons have access to this site. maybe that is why the questions appear elementary.

so i guess seperating the tax preparers and the public is a very good idea. that should enhance the quality of the information disseminated.


Hi Tim, I that you changed the forum page displaying now all the Irs New Issues . Great idea. Keep up with the good work. Mauro

Hey I used this site yesterday and appreciated the prompt responses. This is really a cool thing. Thanks for working on this site. Don

links to pubs

Thanks for fixing that and letting me know how to do it. Most tax pros would understand Pub or Pub., but most novices might need to be told Publication. I was trying to figure out how to do it correctly on the sandbox page. Now I know. :)


Tim, when I type in "Acronyms" in the search field, why doesn't the Acronym page come up?


Online Per-Diem

It looks like you have to log-in (set up an acct) in order to see how much they charge for the service. I did find on one page that there is a charge to use the service. I wasn't impressed at all.

Deback 09:42, 29 January 2007 (CST)

Page Deleted

Good idea!

Thanks for that correction!

I was not quite sure how to get to Solomon's page -- somehow I sent something to myself :)

Thanks for pointing it out.

Thanks for showing me how to link up. Don't you ever sleep?

Spam deleted

Just letting you know I just deleted a spam message posted by Vineela in the General Chat forum. See Recent Changes.  :) Good night!

Deback 00:30, 30 January 2007 (CST)

Intuit is Closed


I called 888 537-7792.

Try for yourself.

Also, I pay over $5,000 for the software, am I entitled to some type of priority support?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Jim DeMinno, CPA 845 638-4527

Proseries not in taskbar

I started to open Proseries today to check for an answer to a query on TA, then went to Outlook Expess while it opened, leaving TA on the taskbar. After a few seconds, Proseries flashed on the taskbar but disappeared and this while I was in Outlook Exress. I went to desktop and Proseries was open and at that point, it appeared on the taskbar. You asked if it happened when I was at another site. Not quite another site but another function.

Death&Taxes 08:00, 31 January 2007 (CST)

How do you straight out leave a message for a user ?

It would be helpful to have at the top of the menu/tool bar an icon that states "leave msg to user". I'm having the hardest time finding how to send message/email to members of forum. Like for example, to find your signon, I had to recall a previous disccusion that contaned your userid with (talk to me). The small task seems so confusing. Also, is there a quick reference as to how to navigate this system? Thanks for any insight you made have.

ps: where do you add the 3 ---  in the document to get the userid ?

Yes we get updated directly from the Irs. Here is the link. You need to subscribe and chooce whatever topic you are interested,,id=103381,00.html Mauro


Why is my question not showing on the list of active discussions.


New user to almanac?

New user to almanac?


Forgive me and my lack of knowledge I posted a ? on Almanac how do I review and see answers to ?'s

New article not showing up in forum


    Sorry to bother you, but I started an article but it did not transfer to the discussion forum.  I can view it under "my contributions" but it's not getting to the forum.  I was on the main page, clicked on "start new article", typed in my question, and then clicked "save".  If you cant transfer the latest contribution of mine to the discussion forum that would be great.  You can also delete the 3 contributions prior to my latest, because I was attemptin to "move" it.  Thanks for your help Tim.


Article not showing up


    I'm bothering you again,since I haven't gotten a response from my first correspondence.  I saved a new article but it did not come up on the discussion forum.  It did show up, though, on my contributions.  Could you please transfer my latest contribution to the discussion forum and delete the 3 others prior to it?  Thanks Tim,



Thank you Tim. I'll make a note of it. Thanks for the help. Chris

Unknown user left message at my page

Hi Tim, Some one by name "Kim" left a message today. It does not have user id or other e-mail id to respond. How to find out who that person is and how to reply.Inagpurwala 16:25, 5 February 2007 (CST)

Hi Tim. Thanks for steering me in the right direction. I typed a brief introduction to myself (Tax Nerd). I enjoy this forum, and hope it continues. ```` (don't know what that does, but trying to follow instructions)

No need to apologize Tim!!

I know you are the forum guru and it does not bother me at all that you saw my note to JR....

Sometimes I try to do the "right thing" for others and end up shooting myself in the foot for it...but I have clients that count on me and I WILL hang in there for them if for no other reason....

Thank you again for your kind words!!


My note to Brian

Thanks Tom...I called the other Bryan but he wasn't in so I left a message. It sure would be nice to hear their answer and I will post it as soon as I get it. taxea


Hi - I can't find my previous discussion about S Corps...I have searched the tax topics back 4 days. Is there a way to see the questions that I have asked? Is there any log of those? And once I post a questions or get interested in a discussion, can I bookmark it so I can see it later?

Thanks - PanGaia Tax

hello Tim

I can tell u are a busy man w/this almanac and WE appriciate it!!!! Its definetly an "above and beyond the call of duty" "we're not worthy". I clicked one of the almanac professional of which my intent is to do a private conversation how do I know if the gentleman replies? Thanks Tim


What color is Stormy? Mine was buff. I used to have a cabin on a trout stream and whenever we went there the first thing he'd do when we let him out of the car was run down to the stream and go for a swim. We finally had to keep his fur cut short (he looked like a puppy) because he loved to run through mud and grass and get burrs all in his fur.

Thanks so much Tim for spending time ansering my questions. I am pretty new and just found your message today. I agreed with your suggestion it makes most sense but I already put it as a notepayable to shareholder. and then cut a check in January and the bonus was included in W2.

Thanks again.

Posted Twice

That same message was posted twice--once in the message where I deleted it and in a new message. I thought it would be best to delete the duplicate message.

Deback 10:39, 10 February 2007 (CST)

Medical Categories

D&T added the new category "Medical Expenses" recently. I noticed it last night, and since there were already a few links in the "Medical" category that I set up a month ago, I coded the "Medical Expenses" category to "Medical." I didn't want those old messages to come to the top and didn't have enough time to fix any of it, so I just did that quick edit. Yes, they can be combined and should be. The category should have been "Medical Expenses" but leaving it as "Medical" will result in fewer edits. It doesn't matter to me how you fix it.

Deback 10:43, 10 February 2007 (CST)

Leaving Comments

I know that I probably should have left you a comment about these things, but I really didn't even have time to be editing anything here. I don't even have time to be writing messages now.  :)

Deback 10:45, 10 February 2007 (CST)

Categories, etc

That will be great when we can edit discussions without them going to the top. And I know you don't expect anything from me.

Posting of Other's Telephone Number

Tim: I doubt anything can be done, but user BeatleFred posted a CPA/JD's telephone number at

Perhaps a VERY STRONG warning when people are about to post. I don't know where it would really go, but there has got to be somewhere that would hopefully work. Peter C. Gatto, CPA

Dates/Time used in email notices

Hey Tim, I just received a Wiki notice dated 2/11 (Sunday), and it's only 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. Are the clocks set right over there? We're only six hours behind the east coast right now. I was just wondering because when I see those dates like that, it makes me wonder what day I'm on! :) Natalie 18:19, 10 February 2007 (CST)Natalie

Hello Tim, I am a new user

Hello Tim,

I would like to update my user information with who I am but I am having difficulty with getting to the page to allow me to add information about myself.

If you can assist me it would be most appreciated.

Thank you,


Help with Profile

Hi Tim, I see how to add the CPA designation box to my profile, however I can can only add it to the top or bottom. How do you move it to the right side? Thanks SBCPA 01:02, 11 February 2007 (CST)

Hello: I'm definitely open to a discussion about using TaxAlmanac. I work in an LLM program in a law school. The tax research class is required. It is part of a tax research and writing seminar, so we are almost finiahed with the research part. The class is only meeting three more times this semester before suspending to write, but-- if we don't have much time to incorporate the tax alamanac wiki, I can always do it with next year's class.

Do you have anything in particular in mind for how we might use it with the class, other than just alerting them to the fact that it is here?


Commercial spam /Discussion:Tax_filing

Please remove this page. Don't know how to remove entire page or I would have done so. Could you direct me how to do that? Thanks Skasselea 02:58, 12 February 2007 (CST)



I got a message from Mcharg5 to which I would like to respond. How do I do that? Thanks.


gift of equity

gift of equity

I am working on a return where the taxpayer has sold a home to a non-relative (if that makes a difference). The sales price was $455,000 and there is a $91,000 gift of equity. What I need to know is do I reduce the sales price by $91,000 to $364,000 to minimize the capital gain? Their cost in the house is $403,390 and they would have a $51,160 gain if I use $455,000 as sales price causing them to owe $6000 -/+ in taxes. If I reduce the sales price by the $91,000 or deduct it as a selling expense they will receive a small refund. I have researched this and I am finding conflicting answers to my question even from the IRS.

Thank you for any help you can give.


QB thread

Tim, I see you've fixed my "broken" post but now I wish you'd delete it 'cause it looks silly repeating the same thing, and I don't want to mess it up again. Thanks.


You could reach me by phone at <removed for privacy concerns>.



Thanks for the reminder Tim. Will wait to do more until I hear from you.

--Solomon 14:06, 14 February 2007 (CST)

Regs formatting

Tim, the regs page you mentioned looks much better. Most of the markup is gone, there are actual paragraph breaks, and the table formatting is cleaned up. Your script isn't perfect (there are still some tags visible), so I wouldn't yet run all the regs pages through it, but you're definitely on the right track. Thanks! - rlw (Talk) 16:12, 14 February 2007 (CST)

Hey there!

Im happy to be joining this forum. I have a few questions that concern me. If you cud plz help me out with them, I would be more than thankful to u.

I have completed my CPA. My certification is in due process. I would like to start my own practice. I would like to file taxes for clients. One thing I wanted to know is that how can I go about it. What are the procedural steps that can make me a tax preparer. I heard ppl going to tax schools, getting a certificate & trying their own practice. I would like to know the procedures for both (for a CPA & a non-CPA). Plz do reply me soon. Im in need of info.

You can email me at


User name - can I change it?

Hi Tim

I was trying to figure out how to change my username, but I cannot find an answer to that? Can you help me with that? Thanks

changing user id

HI Tim Thanks for getting back with me so quickly, can you just change it to Fa or fatidw. Thanks a bunch. I also repplied to some old postings regards the S-Corp home office exp, but I think it may be best to create a new one, since I do not believe that people will be looking for it, since it is all the way in the back, unless someone is researching that topic? If you have any good suggestions on this let me know, since I am newbee, Thanks for all your help with maintaining this great site. So glad I run into it. It is AWESOME

Log outs

every since P Gatto indicated I should check the across sessions block in My Preferences, the problem disappeared. I am now running IE7 with no problems either. Thanks for the concern. Death&Taxes 14:30, 17 February 2007 (CST)

Log Out Issue - Still a problem? - reply

Hi Tim, It has been some time since I have had to relog in while leaving a post after having already logged in. I do come back a couple of times each day to check on topics and do need to log in each time at that point but that is not a big deal. Thank you for following up on this. Michael

Log Out

I don't remember having this problem too often, except when I go to DOS and run the batch file to delete all the files in my cache and temp directories (which I know deletes the cookie files). But I had to log in last night after I clicked "Save" to save a message with about two paragraphs that I had typed (in the silly American Idol message I wrote last night). The message was not saved, had to log back in, and retype it all. It hasn't been a problem for a long time until that one time late last night. Deback 14:50, 17 February 2007 (CST)

Log out

Nope, no problems since that last round of tips. Checking the box to remember me across sessions seemed to be the cure. I'm always logged in now. Thanks for checking, meant to mention that to you...other things keep stealing my brains.

Check out this discussion


The next to last message.... I wasn't sure how you handle these things...whether you delete the vulgarity or delete the entire discussion. Good night! Deback 23:57, 17 February 2007 (CST)

Question on getting a question on tax topics.

Thanks for contacting me.

I am new at this How exactly do I get to post a Question on the Discussion forums. I go to the search and when no topic comes up I can't seem to find out how you can put it on the forum or how to you respond to a previously posted question or tip

Thanks in advance



FYI: Regarding the discussion entitled 540 state tax forms - need much help, a post left by Kat_9lives was deleted. However, part of the offensive language can still be seen by clicking on the users edits.

Log in problem solved


Log in okey dokey now :)


Thank you Tim, I will read the user guide to figure out how best to communicate with others. This site seems a great resource - thanks so much Ginger Grinnan, CPA

spoke too soon

Late this afternoon, 2/18/07, I have had to sign in again. When I checked my preferences, I noted that the block I checked to continue across sessions had been unchecked, but not by me. Just to let you know, I checked it again. david

Lacerte Discussion Forum Index

I can figure out how to get to the Lacerte Discussion Forum Index from, say, the TA home page. -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Link to Lacerte Discussion Forum

I put the link on My Talk page. Is that what you're suggesting? -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Have a good weekend?

Hey, Tim, it's tax season you know. When someone wishes me to "have a good day" my thought is "thanks, but I have other plans." Thankfully, I really like what I do. I'm sure a software engineer can relate. -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me


Thanks Tim! I had to download Firefox for some other tax returns I was doing. Maybe I won't be using IE that much longer.Natalie 00:54, 20 February 2007 (CST)Natalie


I hpoe I am doing this correctly. Don04 21:45, 21 February 2007 (CST)


Hey, Tim, Thanks for adding the font options! I moved on Sunday, so I wasn't able to spend any time on the site until tonight. Nice improvement! Natalie 05:37, 24 February 2007 (CST)Natalie

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the welcome!

I look forward to using my IRS experience to help answer people's questions on the Tax Questions forum.

Rudy Lizcano

Reply re Standard Mileage Rates

I wrote the code myself on Standard Mileage Rates after I looked up the data. FrankF 15:51, 26 February 2007 (CST)

Log out problems

Sorry for the late reply; its that time of the year. I have not been registered in very much lately, but when I have I haven't had any problems.

Tim, I may need your help ?

I might have found a bug within the Proseries Illinois Software JR1 (Jeff),

I trust your tax season is going well. Just to refresh your memory, I have written you a few time regarding tax matters. My name is Chet (screen name Truthseeker). I also live in Cary Illinois. I am writing you because I have encountered an error within the Proseries Illinois software and can't seem to get any help from Intuit's tech support. Here's the issues, see if you can recreate:

Problem: The TP received unemployment compensation in 2006. She received an Illinois 1099G. TP, also had federal and state withholding deducted from payments. Using the Proseries 1099G worksheet, I entered the unemployment compensation amount on line 1. Afterward, I entered federal and state withholding on lines 4(a)(b). Everything in federal checked out fine. Performed a final check in the state, no errors. However, when I performed an Efile state final check, the program flags the file with an error(w2; w2G not allowed by state).

WorkAround Solution: I removed the 1099G state withholdings and move the amount to an estimated payment worksheet. This seem to work for the state's final efile check. However, I've encounter another problem. The state of Illinois Department of Revenue sent a letter to the TP informing then of a error on their 2006 tax return. They told the TP that they made a correction on their return, and the client would be getting an additional $60. Very strange assessment by the state, the numbers don't gel. Based on my manual computation no way the TP should be getting additional funds.

JR1- Don't mean to bug you, just wanted to know if you are having the same software problem for the state of Illinois. Write back if you can help.

ps: If you are able to re-create or are having the same problem, do you think I could get Tim Doyle to help contact someone within Intuit Proseries organization?

Sincerely, Chet

--Truthseeker 10:59, 28 February 2007 (CST)

someone deleted my profile

Hey Tim, can you retrieve my profile? Someone deleted it. I was able to cut and paste the text, but am missing the pics and links etc. Also, there should be a way for us to lock it from other users. Thanks

EDIT - I just figured out how to copy and paste prior version, but I'd still like to lock people out.

Kevinh5 22:07, 1 March 2007 (CST)


Anyway, I think somebody is up to something - trying to delete people's profiles, and now newly created profiles are asking how they can change a profile name. Something is very suspicious. The profiles to watch for are CPAACP and SOBBENNIS Kevinh5

Bad Message

Hi Tim - There is a message down a ways in the list with the title "Discussion:XLT|XLT". This message can't be accessed, so I thought I'd let you know about it.

Deback 22:45, 1 March 2007 (CST)

Depreciation Tables

Tim, it would be great if we had the depreciation tables handy and easy to find (MACRS table telling us what percentage to deduct for years 1-5 on 5 year property, 1-7 on 7 year property, etc.) Maybe it's here, I just cant find it easy. They are in Appendix A of Pub 946. Maybe a quick link to the tables in the appendix would do. Thanks. Kevinh5

Deleted page

Tim, I reported that to you the night it happened. Seems a NEW user signed up as CPAACP, then immediately deleted my user profile, and hasn't been heard from since. I think I made someone mad because I am an EA instead of a CPA and he felt inferior or something. I left him a message at his CPA (backwards) ACP user page but haven't heard back. Just sour grapes. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out how to recover from my history. Thanks. Kevinh5 10:31, 5 March 2007 (CST)

Formatting posts

Tim, why is it that spaces are not recognized? For example, if you look at my GET example on the e-file requests post, you'll notice I used lines to separate the various items I was trying to show. Initially I had two columns, but all of the numbers just ran into each other in a line rather than being separated by the spaces I had input. Using lines was the only way I could keep the items separate so people could easily follow what I was trying to show.


Hi Tim,

No, I can't think of any reason why I would want a discussion to sort to the top when edited using the edit tab at the top.

Regarding the XLT message: That message has most likely been deleted by you, because I'm pretty sure I added the Delete category to it. The title of the message was in black and could not be clicked. The link you included in your last message to me was not the message I was referring to.

Sorry to hear you've been sick and hope you're feeling better now.

Deb 21:57, 6 March 2007 (CST)


Forget what I said about adding the Delete category to the [[Discussion:XLT|XLT]] message. I couldn't do that, because I couldn't click on the message title. It appears that the problem was either deleted or fixed.

Deb 22:15, 6 March 2007 (CST)

Depreciation Tables

could be called that - Depreciation Tables, a quick link that would take you to the appropriate place on the IRS site would be fine - we need one for each class life for MACRS (half year convention)(3, 5, 7, etc years), possibly for ACRS (although everything ACRS is fully depreciated by now), and possibly for Mid Quarter Convention for MACRS for each quarter.

No need to re-type them here - just need a fast way of getting to them.

They are helpful when you have to reconstruct a clients depreciation taken. Who can remember what the first 3 years % are for a 7 year MACRS asset? I might remember year 1 and 2, but not any more than that.

Thanks Kevinh5

Tim: I have been reading your articles and I have always enjoyed it. I need your advice - PLEASE HELP! (EMAIL- TANEJA_7@YAHOO.COM)

I bought Computer for 1646 on June 2006. In the Tax Cut Software: Depreciation that was selected= MACRS (5yr) For Fedral Tax=($329) and Strainght (10yrs) for BOOKS= ($96).

have passed this entry in books :

Depreciation ----Dr 96 Accu.Depreciation ---------- Cr. 96

As I have claimed $329 Dep. in my Fedral Taxes. but booked only $96 as accumulated Dep. What entry should I Pass for $233 (329-96)?

Moving q from accounting to tax

Can we move questions from one forum to another? There's a question about partnership asset appreciation on the accounting forum that I think is really tax.

Thanks for checking into the formatting issue!



What are chances of fixing Reg. 1.169-1T so it is more readable? All run together later in the Reg. Thanks.

--Solomon 20:24, 7 March 2007 (CST)

Finding a user introducition

Hi Tim I have really enjoyed using this site, and have gained quite a bit of knowledge from it. As I have watched the disscusions I have noticed that Riley2 is quite knowledgeable in court ruling and such. I wanted to find out what his user introduction said to see where he gained his experience, but I could not find it. Can you help me with that?



Sorry Tim. It is Reg. 1.469-1T.

--Solomon 07:07, 8 March 2007 (CST)

Change User Name

I want to change my user name from Donna Foley to dfoley


User name change

Hi Tim, I have two user names in the forum - one is ArchCPA and the other is SunGod. Could you merge all postings from ArchCPA into SunGod? Thanks!!


Tim - it is wonderful. Wish they were all like that.

--Solomon 14:18, 8 March 2007 (CST)

How about DfoleyTexas?

Donna Foley

Illinois Issue

Tim, I contacted JR1 and he informed me that Illinois put out a directive instructing preparer that we couldn't efile the state with-holding amount for unemployment compensation. JR1 also had experience the problem. It has been established that it's not intuit's problem, but the way the state of Illinois is handling. Thanks for responding. Chester

deleted message?

Was my post in "Discussions" deleted? It read, "Alex Dadis you out there?" Seems a forum entitled discussions ought to be informal enough. there are forums that "are" business only.

User suggestion

how about putting the user codes/credentials next to their name on the posts...that way we know right away the experience of the user. Perhaps a checklist on the registration page where selections of expertise, pro preparer, self preparer, non paid preparer or such; coded next to name as PP, SP, NPP, EA, CPA. There is so much resource info out there for anyone to research and I don't mind sharing my experience and knowledge but we get so busy this time of year it would be nice to be able to weed in/out the 24-7 lazy from those that we could be spending our time with. taxea


The discussion templates seem to strip curly brackets, substitute coding such as "& #125;" for }, and prevent using other templates. I presume this is somewhat by design. Is there any work-around other than editing the page afterward?

--FrankF 14:26, 15 March 2007 (CST)

Templates (reply)

Your explanation is as I suspected. I was hoping there was a simple escape character, such as a forward slash before the curly brace, that could allow the call to the template. The quicklinks are good, but I have already spent more time on trying to figure this out than I have to spare. Image:bigsmile.jpg From my reading on templates, seems to me you could create a template that takes 1 or 2 variables that could be your standard page for virtually every form, but you would still have to create every page and type in the form number variable. --FrankF 15:48, 15 March 2007 (CST)

Federal Forms again

Ok, so I can't help myself. Look at Form 1000 and Template:FedForm and see if it is worth pursuing. If I could make parser functions work, I'd spruce it up. I have to go back to work. FrankF 14:18, 16 March 2007 (CST)

1099 misc nonemployee compensation

Hello, I have read some of your responses for this question and I am confused on something. I received a set of golf clubs from a company and they sent me a 1099 misc form. The amount is in box #7 nonemployee compensation for $640. I guess it would be considered a "Spiff" and you said to put on line 21. The confusing part is that in the instruction book for 2006, on page 29, it has a big blue caution warning that says "do not report on line 21 any nonemployee compensation shown on Form 1099-MISC. Instead, see the chart on page 15 to find out where to report that income." The chart shows that I need to fill out a Schedule C form but I am not self-employed or an employee of the company that sent the clubs. I am so confused, what do I do?

HELP!!!! cosmosuds

Tim, someone else is getting notifications that my page has been changed

I always get one when I get a message, but why is she getting one when my page has changed? She should only get one when someone leaves her a message.

E-Mails Kevin,

 Why do I keep getting messages on my e-mail saying that you've changed your address??  Have '3' of them so far.


[edit]User talk... If you find something, let me know because I just received a message saying RSRAGENCY has been changed also!!


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Email notification

Thank you, I have let RSRAgency know she may have bookmarked my page in error.

Now about those moving elephants......


E-mail notifications


  This is what I'm receiving on my e-mail:


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Do you know why this is happening?


T/A Etiquette

Hi Tim, I have a question about appropriateness. I read through a lot of old discussions. At one point, I added to one, and got some negative feedback that I shouldn't have resurrected an old discussion. (However, I also got positive feedback that at least I'd searched and not just asked the question again!). My question is this: If I am reading an old discussion and would like to speak to someone specifically about their input, is it proper to contact them via the talk button, or is this frowned upon? I really enjoy this site, and would like to keep using it, but I don't want to offend anyone. Thanks! BTW, what's with the four tildes???and where should they go? Wwtaxes 16:25, 29 March 2007 (CST)WWTaxes (Joyce) Wwtaxes 16:25, 29 March 2007 (CST)

A couple of ?'s Tim

1). Out of curiosity and I mean no offense, Tim, why do you send to my email saying that almanac has moved a thread from personal (one to one) example being my thread earlier to Scott StevensonCPA. If I offended anyone you must let me know.

2). How can I delete my name Mcharg5 to a different name. I live in a small town, to be honest I don't want my competition to see how much of a rookie (taxes) I am just in case they are involved w/Almanac. In my small town there is only one tax person named Mike Charg. Sorry to be a pain Tim. I must say again Tim you do a fantastic job of "keeping the balance" on Almanac. If you ever want my survey of how a "first timer" like myself views Almanac---feel free. Thanks for your time Tim

Thanks for the response!!

As for my first ? please disregard (not important) and can you email me and I will let you know what nickname I want to use? Thank You Sir!

Sent email

Hey Tim,

I sent email to taxalmanac@intuit waiting for response

Hi Tim this is Clarabella 81, can you comment on my question about the gain on my client's personal residence. Thanks, Clarabella81


Glad to hear that the problem is fixed for categorizing. Well, have fun with it. After next week, the last thing I'll want to do is do work for free. I did it for awhile in January and now and then when responding to messages, but I can't justify spending time doing something for a company (such as, Intuit) when I'm not getting paid. I'm wondering if anyone is even using the categories. Thanks for letting me know, Tim!

Deb 18:23, 3 April 2007 (CDT)

sort function

Like the new sort function, however, how do i make it sort all posts with no replies to the top. When i click on the replies button it gives posts with most replies. When i click again, not sure what i'm getting, but definately not the ones with 0 replies.


old posts

Thanks for the quick reply. I guess i wasn't pointing exactly right. Is there a way to only show unread threads and then identify ones you would like to keep?


Hey Tim, Thanks for meeting with Sipho and I today. This community is very cool and presents some interesting opportunities that we can and should capitalize on.

I'll be sending out meeting notes before I leave today, so please review them and feel free to correct anything that was mis-captured.

Thanks, Joe Davila

Business Structure

Tim, I'm new to TaxAlmanac. I've got a business structure question that has tax implications and I've been looking around on the site and have not seen anyone with a similar question. I was thinking of posting my question, but I wonder if it is too long or too off topic for this site. Would you mind looking it over and letting me know if and where to post this?


Here’s a layout of the business/legal/accounting issue I’m trying to understand.

Some background: I'm a chemist and I've been doing contract research and consulting on the side for about ten years. Two years ago I left a full time chemistry position to do this full time. I have been operating in that capacity as a Sole Proprietor. A year and a half ago a friend decided he would like to do the same thing. We signed a lease together and share 20% of the space. Of the remaining 80%, half is mine and half is his. We have not yet formed any sort of partnership, but we are looking into forming a company that does contract research and consulting. I would like the liability protection afforded to a LLC or S-corp. We do not plan to work together on many projects, and in many regards we should be two separate companies. On occasion we may pass along (subcontract) certain aspects of projects to each other. The main reason we would like to do this together is that we would like to market ourselves together to the outside world. We also feel that the whole will be greater than the sum of the two parts, so we would like to have a joint website that mentions both of us and features our expertise and capabilities. The other reason to do this together is to reduce redundancy (business license with the city, LLC with the state, liability insurance, environmental health with the county...). We have agreed to basically keep our finances separate other than a few shared things like the rent and utilities that we have agreed to split.

Single Business (LLC) Model: We were advised to form an LLC where we are partners and thus file 1065/K-1's. Under this model, we would have the liability protection and we could change the partner's share of profit, loss, and capital to reflect the partner's activity during the year. I am comfortable with this for times when we both earn or loose money. I am however uncomfortable with how to fairly and legally do this when one of us is positive and the other is negative. I have a high expectation that this will not work forever, and that one of us will eventually get a full time job, but fulfill our commitment to 50% of the lease payments for the next three years. If we were separate businesses, then the losses could be taken against other earnings or carried over to the next year. Under this model, the only way to do that is for one K-1 to be positive, and the other to be negative. I called the IRS, and that is not okay with them. Another would be to have one positive and the other zero. That's great for the positive partner (reduced taxes), but unfair to the other. I presume a behind the scenes gift to the other partner to make up the difference is not legal. I don't know if a behind the scenes carryover to the next year is legal. If one partner is continually making capital contributions instead of sales to pay their portion of the rent and utilities, is there a way to reflect that in the 1065/K-1 to make it all work? Would that make the positive partner unaffected? And once the negative partner had earnings could they be taken against the high capital expenditure? Or when one of us sells/leaves will we have a long term capital gains loss to make us whole...

Dual Business Model: Would some sort of co-marketing approach where we each set up our own LLC's, so A LLC and B LLC work. If so, can we market ourselves under another name (C)? How? Can we each file a fictitious name statement for the same name (A DBA C and B DBA C)? We do live in different counties, so I think that might be possible. And does that void any liability protection? I was given the distinct impression that sharing a space, splitting the rent, working in the same field and using the same business name (even if under a DBA) implies a partnership. Or if one of us uses "C" as the LLC name, and the other is a subcontractor (with their own LLC), can the second person have their name/capabilities listed on the "C" website etc.? Or would this too void certain liability protections afforded to the LLC structure.

Am I missing another approach?

Thanks for your thoughts,


goodwill amortization / separately officer compensation

Mr Doyle:

I may not be following protocol but 2 things I need clarification on, hopefully easy Qs for you:

1) bought a snack distr route 3/06 for 93500; declared as an s-corp for 06; legal fees re to purchase 600; if I assign total cost to goodwill and elect to amortize over 15 years, I'll take 4705 off this year's income. Do I line item that 4705 as an other deduction? if not, where do I claim the amortization?

2) back in Nov 06 I sent eftps $150 figuring (wrongly now I think) I would be setting aside tax obligations for my own (the Officer/Shareholder)'s compensation. so now I think I've overpaid $150 S Corp tax and not set anything aside for my compensation withold...Do I just get the 150 refunded when I electronically file the 1120 s and let my proseries basic set aside my tax obligation for the $1200 I have declared as Officer/Shareholder compensation?

Preston4794 10:22, 8 April 2007 (CDT)



I was able to figure out how to add the CPA designation to my preferences, but I can't figure out how to add being a resident of Oklahoma. Your help would be appreciated.

Thanks Univak 20:20, 8 April 2007 (CDT)

PS: I just realized I don't even know where to look for the answer to this. Maybe

    it will come to me in a vision.

New Pic

Thanks, Tim. We had pictures taken in January (with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson), and he just brought them over yesterday for me to scan them all. The hairdo has to go, though. I've been trying to let my hair grow for 11 months, and it's taking forever. By the way, I'm sorry for my last message (due to being burned out, I think). I have a feeling I'll take time to edit categories at times in the coming months, after I get my house cleaned and the yard work done.

Deb 09:29, 9 April 2007 (CDT)

Lost bookmarks

Tim, I was beginning to bookmark threads that I wanted to return to, and now they're GONE....! What happened? Jeff


There they are! Thanks,, didn't realize how to get to them again. When I started tracking them, they were just always they hide on me! Thanks for the link.

Do you know the copyright status for the spring chickens picture you added to the site?

No, but I'll remove it if you're concerned. -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Thanks Tim

Thanks for your reply to my questions. Just to let you know, I did contact a couple of users via their talk page and they were kind enough to reply. It's taken me a couple of years to get brave enough to post on this site, but I really enjoy the discourse. I find myself getting more involved in questions where I am a third party bystander than I ever thought I would be.

I'm hoping there will still be plenty of participation after the tax season rush, when there might be time for more in-depth discussions.

Thanks for moderating!

Wwtaxes 12:17, 11 April 2007 (CDT)wwtaxes

ATX Banner

Tim, Don't you need to put one of the Trademark or Copyright symbols on the ATX banner that is on the Tax Questions front page. I'm sure those guys are pissed off, and I'd hate to see them come after the deep pockets of Intuit.

Mistake Made.....

Tim, I've ruined my page where people can leave me a message...Deb had to hit th Edit tab in order to leave hers.....When I looked at the others' sites, they have a greenish box....that talks about leaving a message for so and so......mines not there.....think I may have deleted it by mistake. How can it be fixed?


DJ DJ 20:26, 20 April 2007 (CDT)


Thank you, Tim. This site is wonderful!! Helped me to have a great season!! Everyone is ever so helpful!!



Hi Tim,

It is from:

Thank you Tim !

I recently found this site and became an avid reader and hopefully and good contributor, I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work, I am open to any comments or suggestions you may have regarding any of my postings !

thank you

TexCPA 11:48, 24 April 2007 (CDT)

Does ProSeries 2007 require SP2?

I don't know if you can help me with this or not. The system recommendations (stand alone) are unclear and tech support gave rote answers. I am running XP Professional with SP1 because upgrading to SP2 would have required me to flash my BIOS.

Best Dennis

Log off problems

Dear Tim:

I received your message today (5-3-07)about whether I was still having tech problems. I really can't tell yet, as I've barely been on the board in the last few months. With things slowing down I should be able to visit more often. Taxref Taxref 12:01, 3 May 2007 (CDT)

Am I Free

I have several phone appointments today but tomorrow is better if you need to call.

Death&Taxes 12:10, 10 May 2007 (CDT)

Time to talk

I will be back from the post office and several other errands after 12:30 pm and will be here all afternoon. Thanks Death&Taxes 10:31, 11 May 2007 (CDT)

Question on Processing Returns


I am trying to get a new "system" for processing my returns. I did about 1,300 tax returns during this tax season, (I use Proseries).

After I have completed and printed out the returns, my office staff takes over. They review the returns, Efile the returns, get the authorizations signed, etc. Currently, we use an excell spreadsheet, to track the returns through the various stages. Is there a better alternative? I was thinking of using Access or a DB program. What about "Practice Manager"? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

jim deminno (


Thank you, Tim, for the link to the one-document version of the Code. It's really a computer's resources consuming version of the IRC...

Regards, bjenders


I am getting overwhelmed with all the great stuff on this site. Would you please remind me where the tutorial is located so that I can review and possibly use the site better?

suggestion for all pages

Thanks for your help!!! I have a suggestion. Is it possible to get a "go to top" button on the pages? Also, is it possible to put a "back to tax questions" after you have asked a question or even after researching a tax question. I guess the "back to...." would have to be filled in for each of the types of forums that you have. Maybe that is a lot of work. All I know is that it would make searching when one is in a hurry. Just a thought or rather two thoughts.

help! need to respond?

How do I respond to a message directed to my user page?

deleting discussion

Hi Tim,

I posted a discussion yesterday that I later found out that I shouldn't. Can you please delete it for me?

Thanks, Karen 258Karen258 11:24, 5 June 2007 (CDT)

deleting discussion


deleting discussion

Yes, it was the discussion you referenced. Karen258Karen258 11:41, 5 June 2007 (CDT)

spam on accounting discussion?

Tim, I think there's something on the accounting discussion that shouldn't be there. It's about "real value." Would you please check?Natalie 19:47, 14 June 2007 (CDT)Natalie

You're welcome, Tim! Maui is a nice place. Business or personal?Natalie 03:39, 15 June 2007 (CDT)Natalie


Good for you! Enjoy your trip.Natalie 13:38, 19 June 2007 (CDT)Natalie

More spam

How's Maui? Well, when you get back, there's more spam to clean up. See the general chat discussion -- something about Nokia and other phones.Natalie 04:16, 22 June 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Just a note to let you know I really enjoy this site and use it regularly (along with other sources) for both research and to get an idea of what everyone else in the field is doing.

changing size of uploaded image

Hi Tim - can you change the size of an image? I managed to upload to my user page, but it's huge and scary :) Thanks, BethAZ

Changed title, now missing

Hi Tim, upon a request, I changed the title of a thread to Phoenix Area Tax Preparers, got the ok, it changed note, and then it's gone! I can back to it in my browser, but it's not on the list. Any list! Which way did it go? Which way did it go? It was started by Kerry...long name from that area. Thanks, Jeff

Your forums, well, rock!

I apologize for the unsolicited note which doesn't really pertain to the purpose of this Wiki, but I simply couldn't help myself. The forums as implemented here are absolutely wonderful. Which leads me into a request to know if there was anyway at all if you could share the following?

Extended Article Attributes Extension (version 1.1) by Matt Mozer, Michael Rainwater Recent Pages Extension (version 1.0)] by Tim Doyle

Also, you indicated some sort of "Forum software" was used. Is this another extension, or PHPBB, or something similar?

Again, I apologize for the intrusion.

Cary Cary 06:49, 10 August 2007 (CDT)

Changing my e-mail address

How do I do this? Thanks Barb Hatteras50 09:54, 20 August 2007 (CDT)

User Tester

YES!! This looks a lot easier for people to understand how to create a profile and manage their messages. Great idea! Would the "edit this page" tab still be active? If so, you need to explain that they should click on the "edit this section" link instead of using the "edit this page" tab. Kevinh5

Edit This Page User Tester

YES, you were already a few steps ahead!!! Kevinh5

Tester upload photo

the instructions look easy enough, I'm sure the notes to yourself would be buried in another link if you automate the process.

When I uploaded my photo several months ago, it was HUGE and you had to resize it for me to help me post it. You might want to give a little instruction on how to resize them or some guidelines on how big the file should be. Kevinh5

change user name


Could you please change my username?

It is currently

Please change to:


if that is taken, then here's a couple more...

2nd choice: GorgeCPA

3rd choice: HRCPA

Thanks for your help.


David 11:34, 22 August 2007 (CDT)

user tester


I like your new page. It builds a nicer feeling of community like my space and another new one I can't think of. I would scrimmage it with some of our key users for feedback.

Not sure if this is related, but Steve Blundell does a nice presentation on how accountants can better build their practices (net promoter, demographic channels, etc.). I wonder if there are any opportunities to incorporate this information into TaxAlmanac somehow. If interested we could a hold of the presentation.



User Tester

Sorry for the delay but we were away on honeymoon.

I do like your format, which will lead the person thru what would come in handy. I am not sure there is anything missing, maybe a space to list a memorable phrase or quote either by the person or someone else. Also, on these talk pages, why not have an explanation about how to sign the message to get a reply Death&Taxes 16:36, 29 August 2007 (CDT) I receive a number where I have to look up the signature to respond.

Lack of notification

Hey Tim, I'm not getting emails when my bookmarked pages are changed anymore. Can you fix that? Natalie 02:06, 30 August 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Tim, I'm still not getting notification of changes to bookmarked pages. What's up?Natalie 18:49, 6 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

I should have let you know I already checked the preferences before I posted the prior messages. Perhaps it has something to do with the new talk page set up?Natalie 21:11, 6 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Still no notice

Tim, the email address is a good one. I tried sending myself a password three times. It did not go to my email address. What next?Natalie 02:46, 7 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Any idea why there's no notice being sent to me Tim?Natalie 03:25, 14 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie


I can't seem to stay logged in. It seems like I am being logged out in 20 to 30 minutes.

Thanks for any help.

Mark Eason "Smog"

Smog 10:08, 7 September 2007 (CDT)

Tax on booth rental

Hello TDoyle

I am not sure how I got here but I have a question and hopefully you can answer it. First of all I am a Salon owner and rent out booths. I have been incurring the taxes for the renters on their ren and need to turn it over to them to pay it. I need to justify that what I am doing is correct. It would be helpful to know how they should pay it. If they include it in their rent check? Or is it a seperate check? If they pay it when doing their quarterly taxes? What percentage is charged and or do they pay it to me or on their own to whom when and how much?

Of course I have rent also on the space that I pay tax on. So I am paying rent tax collecting rent and paying their rent tax. Can you clarify it for me please and to my email addy incase I can't get back to find your answer on this site.

Thank you Nancy


I did not know that the award mentioned in the community portal was the large bronze star to go on the users user page! I thought it was just a small star or something. Anyway, I included one in a discussion with Solomon. I hope this does not cause problems. For what it's worth, I think Solomon deserves the award on the users page anyway. CrowJD 22:55, 17 September 2007 (CDT)

Equal Signs


I can't seem to get bold by using them. Look in Test under topic Practice and tell me what I am doing wrong.

--Solomon 07:46, 18 September 2007 (CDT)

How to do Tax Research

I would be willing to help write an article if I could also have the ability to have the article submitted for publication (NATP Tax Journal or NAEA EA Journal etc). The published article could, of course, mention Tax Almanac as a resource - which would be good publicity.

I believe that a lot of the members of both NATP and NAEA could benefit from such an article. I can't speak for the CPAs using the board (well I could, but I have no authority other than plain observation). Kevinh5

Published Article writing

Yes, the 2/3 route would be the best way to go.

The "publishing/ed author" writes an article for submission and publication to an industry journal. The author must be whoever the author actually is, so all collaborators would have to get credit or one author must do it all.

Then that article could be amended/revised and posted on TA where other collaborators would be free to change and update.

As far as copyright, as long as the published author knowingly contributes the info to the wiki then there wouldn't be any problems. I have submitted technical articles before to journals and they wanted me to sign off that they would have "exclusive" use of the text. Obviously you can't grant exclusive use of the ideas if you are submitting them elsewhere, but you could grant exclusive use of THAT PARTICULAR text.

So the submission to TA couldn't be, word-for-word, the same as what was submitted for industry publication. Kevinh5

My profile

Hi Tim,

I am a new visitor to TA and I love it here! I try to spend a 1-2 hours a day catching up on this forum. It's great!

Can you tell me how to do my personal profile? I don't want to use a picture, but would like to fill in the profile section that I have seen posters ask for from time to time.

Thank you,

John S


Hey Tim, I just wanted to let you know I figured something out with respect to the Smileys: they show up fine when I open T.A. in Explorer, but in Firefox they are just words (Image:smiley.jpeg).Natalie 03:26, 22 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

recently became Enroll Agent

Do I just put the designation, EA infront of my name or is there another "template" I need to use?

Another "spam" - CPAs earn profits overnight

I would have deleted this discussion, but do not think it is appropriate for me to delete someone else's entire post. Would you please look at this discussion under "Accounting" and delete it if you agree with my assessment?Natalie 13:07, 26 September 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Attitude on the Responses

Tim: I am disturbed by the tone of some of the comments to questions asked. We don't all have the same level of experience and I work hard to give my clients the best tax advice possible. Being an independent CPA and a one-person office, it helps to have someone to bounce questions off of, even if they do seem stupid to some. If I continue to receive the same level of sarcasm, I will have to seek advice elsewhere. We don't all think in the same terms, so it makes it difficult to search and use the same terms as someone else. If I put in "depreciation" on a topic to research, I would think all discussions would be brought to light. However, it seems, I must have missed putting in the right combination of words.

Seriously, I thought people were involved here to help one another, not to pull oneupmanship. Thanks, Shirley

Response to Attitude

Tim: I asked a question today about depreciation on a truck and you can probably read the comment left by Death and Taxes about taking a general course and he was giving me a free answer. I have a CPA for crying out loud. If I understood what I read on the Instructions for the 4562, I wouldn't have been asking the question. Skq9545 14:44, 27 September 2007 (CDT)

I'm not ignoring you

Just trying to formulate my thoughts. I've spent some time wandering around the site. Everything seems to be there, just harder to find with all the additions. Seems to me if we want community generated articles to be easily referenced we need a separate sub-category with its own index. With so many articles labeled announcement or notice, etc. you can't really page though and browse any more.

User name

Tim, Can you please change my user name from PVVCPA to PabloCPA

Tim, I am sorry to bug you again. This did not do what I wanted. I was hoping all my prior postings with name PVVCPA would have also changed to PabloCPA, rather than just a redirect. I guess I will just keep the PVVCPA user name. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update, I think I fixed the redirect problem and restored the PVVCPA user. You can go ahead and delete PabloCPA now if you want.

Trying to confirm e-mail address

Hi Tim,

I'm trying to confirm my e-mail address in my profile so that someone could contact me directly through my user profile. I've clicked on the Confirm E-mail Address (or something similar) button but did not receive a confirmation e-mail. I noticed that I wasn't receiving any e-mail updates of my bookmarked pages. I also don't recall having received an original confirmation e-mail when I setup my username with an e-mail address.

I guess while I'm writing I'm wondering if you could combine some old usernames that I had experimented with before settling on this one. I had setup both "allanlazo" and "ortaxman" before consistently using "OR_Taxman." Can these be combined? If so, the previous ones -- "allanlazo" and "ortaxman" could then be deleted.

Thank you.

Your Question

I just saw your edit on my talk page and noticed that I had never responded to your question! Sorry about that! User accounts can't be deleted or merged, only renamed. If you have other accounts here, you can just ignore them and move on. Does that answer your question?


P.S. Cute dog!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 18:19, 8 November 2007 (CST)

Yes, Tim, that answers my question about usernames. Thanks.

But I also still have been unable to confirm my e-mail address. Any ideas on that?

--OR_Taxman 17:47, 9 November 2007 (CST)

Responding To Your Request

I've e-mailed you my e-mail to respond to me per your request. Uncle SamUncle Sam 16:10, 12 October 2007 (CDT)


Hi. Toby Joplin recommended I ask you. I can't figure out how to update my profile on this site. Can you tell me? I looked in help and couldn't find anything. Thanks.

Please contact me via email...

I thought I had your email address, but I do not. Please contact me via email at

Thank you Skasselea 19:28, 24 October 2007 (CDT)

Change user name

Hi Tim-

Please change my user name from beengel to taxgal. IF that is taken, then taxtime would be my next choice.


Beengel 14:04, 26 October 2007 (CDT)Beth Engel

Thank you for your immediate assistance. I made some changes and am looking forward to communicating with everyone.


User Page question


I go to several contributors and see that some are designated as CPAs, EAs, etc. How does one add a designation to their user pages. I have seen others almost post a resume.

Just wondering.

Thanks 94Nole aka Keith Pearce

new pic

Hey Tim! I have a new picture to replace the other one, but I forgot how to put it on.Natalie 20:56, 31 October 2007 (CDT)Natalie

Changes to the site

Tim, wondering what changes to the site are you planning or have you made already and I'm missing something. I have been very disappointed with the direction the board has taken for quite a while now. I by no means have a ton of experience nor do I probably contribute the best replies, but I do try and when I know something or at least believe I know, then I will answer a question here or there. I also have often used the site to ask questions and in the past at least, have learned a great deal from the give and take that goes on when someone asks a question or if I ask the question. It appears to me based on various posters that I am not alone in my disappointment. Because of what appears to be a few, there are now going to be changes? Perhaps there are some things I am not aware of and if I am out of line, I apologize. Used to be we could just ask a question and either someone would answer or not. Now we have some like KevinH who are more interested in someone's profile than just answering a question and helping someone out. I just don't understand what the big deal is. If you don't want to answer a question, for whatever reason, then just move on to the next post. I hope I have made some sense here about what I'm trying to say. This has been a great place and often times fun place to come and share ideas, questions and answers. I'd hate to see that change. Skhyatt 23:12, 7 November 2007 (CST)

Will you please contact me?

SandySea :)

Yeas, Nays and Touch Voting

Hi Tim. When you take the Yeas and Nays, the loudest voices seem to carry more weight, as you know. I have myself been silly and rude to some of the non-pros., on the other hand, I don't consider myself a tax genius to begin with. The problem I have with "professionals only" is that some regulars are here to essentially market to the rest of us (they teach classes etc.). As long as they disclose this in their profile, this does not bother me in the least; nevertheless, it has to color their views, if you know what I mean. The only thing I can add is what I said to Sandy, which is to somehow put a restriction on during tax season. If you took a real vote, I think a full-time ban would lose (that is only a guess). And of course, I'm sure it's not a piece of cake to implement. Dennis and Riley, two of the best, have been very willing to help the non-pros (despite a recent dust-up w/ mistaken identity), and D&T and JR1 (whom I consider some of the best and the real souls of the board) seem to have no problem with it (most of the time). I can't speak for them, obviously. I think the highlighted notice you have now at the post screen gives the non-professionals a fair warning: proceed at your own risk.

Changing email address

Tim, was trying to change my email address. It gave me a message that it was sending a confirmation email, but it never arrived. I tried this a few times and it still never arrived. I changed my email back to what it was and again, it said it was sending a confirmation email. It arrived in seconds. The email address I was trying to change to was an address. It is currently a address. Are you having any problems with comcast addresses? It's not a big deal, as I do use both email addresses, but would prefer to use the comcast address. Thanks for any feedback. Skhyatt 00:26, 10 November 2007 (CST)

change user name

I would like to change my user name from Rice1970 to Rice55

Thank you


Thanks for the replay. I would love to talk to my professor about incorporated TaxAlmanac into our classroom. I will get with him about it tomorrow and get back with you. Thanks again

Mmm13 18:11, 18 November 2007 (CST)Matt

no user talk page, pic & email notices

There's a new user, Valleytaxoffice, with no user page. I didn't even think it was possible to post without having a user page.

I have been unable to upload my new picture. I was able to get it from my computer into cyberspace. (I saw it listed with all of the other pictures people uploaded.) I just cannot get it onto my page. Can you help?

What is the status of email notifications of changes to bookmarked pages? I have not received any notices for several months now.Natalie 21:53, 24 November 2007 (CST)Natalie

Chat discussion RE Kevin

Tim, I think the post from Aunt Emmy is inappropriate, even for the chat discussion. Will you take a look at it?

Your comments are appreciated.

Mysterious e-mail from TaxAlmanac

Hi Tim,

I got this odd e-mail today, purporting to be from Tax Almanac:

Dear KatieJ,

This e-mail has been sent to you because you requested that we send you

a new login password.  Your temporary password is
"WawXj3e".  You should login and change your password now.  You change your
password after logging in by clicking on your user preferences.  You
will need to re-enter this temporary password again on your preferences

Sincerely, The TaxAlmanac Team

(The request to change your password came from address "")

I did not request to change my password. I don't know my IP address and am not sure how to look it up, but I'm pretty sure the request did not come from me. I just logged in using my original password, which worked just fine. What's going on here?? KatieJ 01:10, 7 December 2007 (CST)

uploading pic to profile

Tim, can you explain how to do this?? Thanks.


How do I add myself to the Louisiana residents page ?


Sorry I did not sign it . To repeat my question, How do I add myself to the Louisiana Residents page ? DerekCPA 15:53, 13 December 2007 (CST)


Thanks !!!!! DerekCPA 16:31, 13 December 2007 (CST)

Hey Tim...I would like to change my username but keep my login info the same. You should make it so we can edit our profile page ourself that way.



deleted discussion

Tim, can you put back a discussion that was deleted? The thread is "A nonprofit question - not sure if this is the right forum" or something like that. I think Tom had some good information in there that should remain.Natalie 13:08, 24 December 2007 (CST)Natalie

Thank you, Tim!


can i change my username

new name

ekcpa please. Will it change all the old occurences of the old name

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