Hello to my Intuit reader!

It’s been a while since a reader from Intuit company has come to visit my blog. The last time was about a year ago (December 2010), and I assumed that it had to do with Making Work Pay Credit (because there isn’t much else on here that would involve the technicalities of filling out and American tax return).

Well, much like a year ago, someone from that IP has been coming all day and reading. To keep you up to date, my last (and probably final) post about Making Work Pay Credit (MWPC) was also last December (here, as part 6). This is the one where I go back and screen shot the congresionial record, showing that the language, that the IRS has been using to deny the credit to Americans abroad, didn’t even involve the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion when it was put into the tax code in the early 2000’s (2001).

Sometime last December, Congress did not extend the Making Work Pay Credit–instead opting for a one-year tax holiday on 2% of the employee portion of FICA. The MWPC thus fades into the fog of tax history, along with a couple dozen other rebates and one-time adjustments.

It was useless to make much of an effort advocating for MWPC for overseas Americans, because the overwhelming number do not file anyway. I still think the Service got the language wrong, but took my measly $74 credit this spring and was done with it. That credit was 6.2% of $1200. Even though the $1200 was foreign earned income, it was a deduction because that was the cost of the airline ticket home. So, for some reason, the Service likes that foreign earned income for the credit, but not the rest of it!

By the way, my good Intuit reader, I applied for the Ask a Tax Expert position, and I had requested that someone get back to me with my score. However, no one did. I think it would be professional courtesy, as one CPA to another, and if a CPA had something wrong, the other one(s) would point that out.

No wonder the profession is going down the tank, and has become just another chintzy commodity.

4 comments

  1. 朝子 · November 13, 2011

    [Redacted message. Original in Japanese, going to the idea that if you notice multiple entries coming from, well, the same company you are 逆ストーカー , or “reverse stalker”.]

    • hoofin · November 13, 2011

      I am surprised when these type comments still show up in the blog world. Rare though they may be, it concerns me about the poster.

      1) WHATEVER you do on the internet, there is potentially someone else with the ability to know about it. I don’t see how, to anyone but the novice user, that is alarming. Usually, the alarmed person is actually someone who frequents the internet a great deal, and wants to leave a slandering message on a blog that they, in general, disagree with.

      2) If you work for a company and use their internet connection, you should know that it’s very likely that you are putting your company’s name out to whatever website you visit. Law firms, too—which is why the smarter ones go to some length to anonymize their surfing, or do it from a residential connection. The residential connection is quite often blurrier than a business one, only listing the service provider.

      3) If you ever bother to click on a Sitemeter icon, you will find that, on some websites, your presence is being “broadcasted” out publicly to whoever is monitoring that public link. I keep my stats private, but it doesn’t mean I mean to keep them confidential.

      4) There is no such thing as “reverse stalking”. The term stalking itself became grossly abused, starting in the early 1990’s, to the point where the word has lost its meaning. How would somebody “reverse stalk”, anyway? You mean: notice that someone keeps tracking them?

      5) If you actually were a reader of mine, rather than someone who visited the site in order to badger me with negative comments, you would find that one of my themes is how people connected to big organizations feel that it’s OK not to respond to the small fry of the world. And, yet, they like to peek around and see what the small fry have to say. We are unimportant enough to ignore, yet significant enough to find out what we have been saying. If you remember the police states of Soviet-era Eastern Europe, it’s a bit like that.

      Good luck using this internet what-cha-ma-call-it, [A]sako-san! And watch out! BOO!

  2. 朝子 · November 13, 2011

    Why would you “redact” my original message and then comment on it?
    You completely misunderstood the message.
    You apparently never improved your Japanese while living in Japan.

    Any my name is not Yasako. It is Asako.

    So lets try again…
    本ブログを読んでいる人のIP詳細を調べたりしておかしいと思いませんか?
    Do you not think it strange to investigate the IP details of people who read this blog?
    逆ストーカー活動と言えるではないかと思います。
    Perhaps some may even consider this reverse-stalking.
    鳥肌が立つほどなんと不愉快ですね。
    It is so disagreeable as to give me goosebumps.
    きっと私に対しても行われます。
    You will surely do the same to me.
    今後、このブログをもう読まない方が良いかもしれません。
    Perhaps I should stop reading this blog.

    • hoofin · November 13, 2011

      Well, again, this is my point exactly. The reason you got redacted was because the original was all in Japanese–and most of my readers simply write in English. I understood exactly what you were saying—I just thought it was silly.

      It’s silly, because thousands of bloggers track their performance in the blogosphere. Tens of thousands. Whole companies are now in business just to do answer “where are the hits coming from?” Companies, too. And if you know Japan, you know that most reputable internet cafes require their users to prove who they are, before they let them use on their machines.

      When you see a whole mess of visits coming from one location, you find out who’s reading you. Generally, what do you get told? Oh, someone whose IP is going through such-and-such a town. Other times, you get more information. If you actually think that individuals’ names pop up in an IP search, you really to study internet some more.

      “So disagreeable as to give you goosebumps?” 鳥肌が立つほどなんと不愉快ですね。 Oh, please! The theatrics!

      A major company that doesn’t respond, and, yet, comes and visits the site a dozen times in a day is something that’s noticeable.

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