It seems like, I just had to pick this subject. For over 25 years that was my life. Preparing tax returns for others. I sold my business in 2008, took a few months off and then worked at another tax office for 2 1/2 years and then I hit the road as a full-time RV'er.
I enjoyed doing taxes, its like puzzle solving. I preferred taxes over accounting.
The stories I could tell. Most of my clients had basic tax returns, but of course there were those that had small businesses or always wanted to get away with some strange deductions.
Everyone wanted that same tax refund as their friend or neighbor, most people did not understand that it was your money that the IRS was holding to send back to you. Do you have the same amount withheld as your neighbor? What if you only pay $3000 a year in mortgage interest but your neighbor pays $9000 a year in mortgage interest? And you only have 2 kids and they have 6.
And then there were always the ones that said,
"My buddy says that I can deduct .............! Well then, have your buddy do your taxes, lol.
All in all, it was a great business. I am grateful for the clients and the growth of my business, but it got to be too much. There are a lot more rules and regulations placed on preparers now. The IRS wants us to police our clients.
Someday, I may decide to prepare tax returns for others again. But for now, I am enjoying the freedom I have from working for 12-18 hours a day for 4 months out of the year.
It is the sandstorm that shape the stone statues of the Desert. It is the struggles of Life that form a person's character ~ Native American Proverb