1909 Motor Home
I probably tell this every year. If I do, just go on to the next blog. LOL
My brother was a VERY successful business man, I was in business. Brother Jr. asked who did my taxes. My answer was, "I do" (saying it like, doesn’t every one?) I had always filed our taxes since age 17.
“You need a CPA son!”
“I can read as good as anyone Junior and besides that costs money.”
“It isn’t simple, find you a CPA, take him your books and ask if he can pay his salary.”
Just to prove Junior wrong I found Marvin. Feeling a little strange, I said, “MY big brother said I should bring my books to you and ask if you can pay your salary?”
He smiled and took the books. Over the next 10 years he saved me a lot. THEN HE HAD THE AUDACITY TO DIE.
Then later the boy that had bought Marvin’s accounts called and said,”Mr. Darnell you owe a few thousand dollars in taxes how do you want to handle it?”
I told the kid in no uncertain terms I would get a new bookkeeper. He said, “We need to talk when you come to pick up your records.”
MY EYES were opened. I learned Marvin had been lying on my taxes over the years. He had added a few hundred thousand $ in expenses that I did not have. OUCH!
Son Mark who was always my point man said, “Dad, I will pay the taxes, you have carried me for years, I owe much more than that for taxes of mine you have paid.”
I kept the kid as a CPA. Another customer of Marvin’s came to me and asked what I was going to do? I told him I was going to pay correctly from now on and hope I was never audited. (That was about 25 years ago, I should be safe).
PS: Truthfully I could never understand all the forms Marvin used. I just signed them. I smile when people want to see a millionaire’s tax returns, like he fills them out or can even read them, he has attorney’s to do his.
In Nixon’s time in office one year he paid $750 in taxes. All legal. Sherry and I had paid about $2000. Nixon was my commander in chief. LOL
ps2: New book. I expect to sell 10 paperbacks to me for the family and probably 5-10 e-books. It is a long book 410 pages. I thought would be of interest to the family!(Sherry & Evelyn like the book.) !