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Kate Torgovnick
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Sketchy Tax Folks
2 Comments | posted April 17th, 2007 at 04:56 pm by Kate Torgovnick

So taxes are due tonight at midnight, and in honor of this special occasion, I thought I’d share a story. About three years ago, I asked a friend at work is she had an accountant she recommended. She gave me the name of a friend of a friend from college named Bill, now a CPA. I gave him a call and he sounded great over the phone—he was only going to charge me $100 bucks for his services. You know, the friend discount. I faxed him all my documents.

Since Bill lived in Queens, he often took trips to Manhattan, stopping by the offices of his clients so they could sign their tax returns. I was expecting to get a call from Reception any minute when instead my cell phone rang. “I can’t find anywhere to park,” said Bill. “Do you mind meeting me at my car?” Since he’s a friend of a friend I said yes.

I headed downstairs and waited in front of my office. And up pulled Bill. In a huge black Escalade. With gigantic gold rims. And 50 Cent playing, the bass thumping so loud that you could hear it a block away. He rolled down the window, where I could see several screens installed on the dashboard, playing 50’s music video, of course. And I signed my tax return right there, with a police officer staring at us like we were crazy.

Other semi-sketchy tax stories from friends: One friend goes to a priest who does her taxes. Confession and a tax return. Another friend heads far out to Coney Island to a guy’s basement to get his taxes done. Again, huge refund, but every year he’s asked to disavow knowledge of having been there. He has no idea what that means, but suspects mob ties.

I’d love to hear your crazy taxes stories, too. —Kate

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  1. Theo Gangi

    I have no crazy tax stories because I don’t file them.

    April 17th, 2007 | 7:24 pm
  2. Um, Theo, you must explain. Are you one of those people who withhold your taxes because you protest the war or national spending or something? Hippie!! :)

    April 17th, 2007 | 9:30 pm

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