The Tax Lawyer Says Thanks to Joe Kristan, Robert Flach and Bruce “the tax guy”

The Tax Lawyer Says Thanks to Joe Kristan, Robert Flach and Bruce “the tax guy”

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I am relatively new to the tax-o-sphere, but I have been made to feel welcome by several veteran tax bloggers. I want to acknowledge them here:

Joe Kirstan, Roth & Company, P.C., TaxUpdates Blog

Joe’s TaxUpdates blog is one of the tax blog sites that convinced me to begin a blog of my own. Not only is his blog frequently updated, but he posts with great wit and always seems to be having fun. 

One day I left a comment on one of his posts with a link to my blog.  Joe was kind enough to dedicate an entire post to my blog. See Joe’s blog post, Welcome Tax Lawyer’s Blog

Joe recently blogged about the Federal government’s takeover of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The title of the post is:  “They Took a Load off Fannie and Put the Load Right On Me.

For you young’ns out there, Joe got the title from an early 70’s Marshall Tucker song. Here’s the first verse and the chorus:

Pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ about half past dead;
I just need some place where I can lay my head.
“Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?”
He just grinned and shook my hand, and “No!”, was all he said.

Take a load off Annie, take a load for free;
Take a load off Annie, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me

You know you’ve nailed a title when it says everything you want to say and you make people (old people, Joe says) laugh at the same time.

Thanks, Joe.

Robert Flach’s The Wandering Tax Pro

Robert has visited my site several times and always takes the time to leave a meaningful comment. This means a lot to a new blogger. Not only do thoughtful comments help with your page rank, they can immeasurably enhance the value of your blog. The Wandering Tax Pro is one of the four or five tax blogs I make sure to visit every day. Sometimes even several times a day.

His regular “What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s A Happenin'” post is a must see.  Robert obviously spends a lot of time orbiting the tax-o-sphere just to find the newest and best articles, blogs and tidbits to share with us.

And, like Joe Kristan, he apparently is a big music fan. The title “What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s Happenin” is from my all time favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” 

For the full lyrics go here.

Thanks again, Robert. I appreciate it.

the tax guy (Bruce)

the tax guy (Bruce is apparently a big fan of e.e. cummings because the name of his blog is in all lower case letters).  Bruce’s blog is very popular with other tax bloggers. He’s on just about everyone’s blogroll (mine included as of about a week ago). As popular (and busy) as he is, he has been kind enough to take the time to visit my site and include links in his own blog posts to some of my blog posts. Bruce’s interest and generosity has helped me increase my traffic. He also invited me to write a post for his own blog, which I will be doing in the next week or so.

Oh, here’s one of my favorites by e.e. cummings:

to be nobody-but-yourself
in a world which is doing its best,
night and day
to make you everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting

Two other blogs that have been very helpful and kind to me are The Tax Girl (Kelly Phillps Erb) and Don’t Mess With Taxes (Kay Bell)

And Another . . .

One of my favorite tax blogs is TaxProf Blog authored by Professor Paul L. Caron. I visit this blog several times daily and leave far more comments on it than I do any other blog. Caron’s blog, although it has a distinct academic/tax policy tilt, is the most extensive tax blog I could find anywhere on the net (Tax Vox Blog is a close second).

So far, Mr. Caron has not responded to any of my comments. I even started to put in extra doses of provocation just to see if he’s paying attention. But still, nothing, nada, zilch. In fairness to Mr. Caron, it doesn’t appear that he responds to any of the comments on his blog.

Frankly, I don’t get it. But maybe that’s because I’m a rookie blogger and I still get all goose-bumpy and proud of myself when anyone takes the time to visit my site and comment on one of my posts.

For me, I will take the path of my new friends, Joe, Robert, Bruce, Kelly and Kay. I will endeavor to respond to all comments made on my site and, when warranted, visit the commenter’s site and “pay it forward.”

About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida

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  1. Okay I am caught.
    “somewhere i have never travelled” got me married.


  2. PP-

    Thanks for the thanks! I am honored to be included in such good company.

    Glad I am on your daily “must visit” list – as you are on mine. Good posts encourage thought that result in discussion via comments. I also appreciate your comments on TWTP.

    As I mentioned when I first introduced you to my readers in a WHAT’S THE BUZZ post it was Joe Kristan who brought your excellent blog to my attention. While talking of Joe, I have often found the titles of his posts to be witty and have tried to follow suit both lyrically and otherwise at TWTP.

    Glad you enjoy WHAT’S THE BUZZ. I do, perhaps, spend more time than I should “wandering” around the ole “tax-o-sphere” – perhaps I use it as a way to avoid dealing with the GD extensions – and continue to find lots of good “stuff” in the category of “I couldn’t have said it better myself” that I want to share with clients and readers.

    I am pleased you recognized the “source” of WHAT’S THE BUZZ. When I was writing my failed non-tax blog ANYTHING BUT TAXES I attempted to use either a song title or a lyric from a Broadway score as the title for each post. I wonder how many of the titles of my ABT posts you can “source”.

    I also entertain my clients during tax season by leaving Broadway song parodies as part of the message on my answering machine. And I have written THE TWELVE DAYS OF TAX SEASON which I post at TWTP each year on February 1st.

    Keep up the good work. As long as you do I will continue to comment and include you in my weekly WHAT THE BUZZ!


  3. Thanks! Trust me, the feeling never goes away. I’ve been blogging for a bit now and I still get excited each day to check my comments.

    As for Joe, Robert, Bruce, and Kay, I totally agree with you, they are good people. It’s so flattering to be in such good company.

    I’m glad that you’re finding the tax blogosphere a good place to be – we’re happy to have you here!

  4. I like your blog and approach, good information and on point.

    Keep up the good work.

    Howard Levy


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