This post, which I issue every year at this time, is for all of the Journalists and bloggers out there.
When writing about taxes this filing season DO NOT advise your clients to ask, consult, contact, or talk to your CPA or a CPA!
The correct advice is – ask, consult, contact, or talk to your or a tax professional.
The mere existence of the initials “CPA” after a person’s name does not in any way, shape, or form indicate that he or she knows his or her arse from a hole in the ground when it comes to preparing 1040s.
A particular CPA may indeed be competent and experienced in preparing 1040s, and many are, but it is only because of the education, training, experience, and other factors that are unique to that Specific Individual, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the initials “CPA”.
And that specific individual is just one of your many choices among tax professionals.