Definitions — Paying the piper


Whether you believe the expression comes from the Pied Piper of legend or the old proverb, paying the piper does not always mean you get to call the tune.

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Decisions — Canine silence


In the Arthur Conan Doyle short story, Silver Blaze, fictional detective Sherlock Holmes solved the case by inferring intent from silence—the significance of a dog who didn’t bark.

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Decisions — Fireproofing the pension


Are a firefighter’s benefits a taxable pension or workers compensation?

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Decisions — Eat, drink, deduct


Even if you don’t eat like a hockey player, you may be interested in the tax court’s take on the rules limiting deductions for meals.

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Decisions — Like father, like son


According to the old proverb, children tend to have traits similar to their parents, and tend to do what their parents have done. Does that hold true for tax purposes?

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Decisions — Self diagnosis


In tax, as in medicine, diagnosis can be tricky without all the facts.

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Decisions — Worth the whistle


A taxpayer thinks his information is worth the whistle. The IRS says the information is not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in the taxpayer’s face…or something along those Shakespearean lines. Who’s right?

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Definition — Fun with statistics


Keep calm, it’s only statistics, and according to author Rex Stout, there are only two kinds – the kind you make up and the kind you look up.

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Decisions — Foreseeing anticipation


According to Dr. Seuss, sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.

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Decisions — Going to the dogs


If you need a friend, get a dog.

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