Last night there was a meeting of the employees at the tax firm, and the manager informed the crew that my comments from clients were "rave reviews," were the best ones received, and that I was THE "tax professional of the office."
Needless to say, this was an ego boost for me. It is gratifying to know one is doing his job well.
The truth is, I enjoy doing taxes. I relate very well to the clients, from the lowliest bus boy to the high tech guy making six figures. I treat everyone with respect, because I consider their trust in me to be an honor. I fight for every dollar they have coming, and I know the angles. Or most of them, anyway.
I don't, however, help anyone to cheat. I resent cheaters.
I particularly enjoy writing opposition letters to the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board, when those bodies have exceeded their authority or wrongly assessed additional taxes from the client. I have a very good record of getting these bodies to reverse their assessments.
The tax season ends in 30 more days. It's been fun, but I'm looking forward to the off season.