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JamesMillar, post: 268533, member: 5318 wrote:
Something very odd that I’ve noticed here in the last year or so.

There seem to be lots of tax and accounting questions being posed – some simple and some quite detailed. The simple ones are obviously exactly that – simple (and therefore simple enough to provide feedback on. Even by some non accountant members). The more detailed questions have a range of issues which really cannot and should not be addressed on an internet forum.

Lots of members here (including myself) have politely suggested that forums are not the best place to seek detailed professional tax advice or strategy. Its normally been accompanied by the suggestion that the poster will likely also need to pay the adviser for the advice. The retort has almost always been one of the following;

1. My accountant is currently on holidays so I thought I would try the forum for an answer (this is my favorite)

2. I am arranging a meeting with my accountant next week and wanted to prepare for it.

3. My accountant provided some advice and it made no sense so I am clarifying on a forum.

So in almost all cases the poster already has what they seem to think is a professional accountant tax adviser – they just don’t happen to have received a solution from them so they head to the forum.

Is there something wrong with this equation? These small businesses seem to have an invisible accountant. Do these accountants actually exist at all?

Firstly, like the observations ;)

My fave is 3. Its a bit like, are you listening or waiting to speak type scenario.. Or not really happy with what a professional had to say, so hey lets seek advice from a forum that may side with what i really wanna do

Other than that, i read a few posts as being from students trying to have others do their homework.


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