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For my readers who have an interest in taxes, today’s post revolves around two facts:

  1. Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, lived from March 2, 1904 to September 24, 1991.
  2. Kelly Phillips Erb, aka TaxGirl, is one of my favorite bloggers.

Throw them together into a mixing bowl, and out comes, “I Do Not Like Them, IRS: My Ode to Dr. Seuss.

Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is well known for writing children’s books.  The most popular, Green Eggs and Ham, contains only 50 words.  Each is used several times to craft an entertaining book..  Green Eggs and Ham has inspired many to write poems that mimic Seuss’s poetic style.

I missed Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up.  I was already 11 when Green Eggs and Ham was published, and I was into reading science fiction novels and Time magazine by then.  When my own kids needed reading material, we fed them Golden Books, Berenstain Bears and Uncle Arthur’s Bible Stories. Never-the-less, who doesn’t like Green Eggs and Ham?  Even Sam likes them.

Kelly Phillips Erb, the TaxGirl, is the blogger’s blogger.  She writes with impeccable style and unquestionable authority on taxes.  I read her mostly to pick up blogging tips.  As an accounting professor I like also to stay informed about taxes.

Yesterday, she commemorated the birth date of Dr. Seuss.  She graciously gave me permission to reprint her poem:


I Do Not Like Them, IRS. 


IRS, IRS.
That IRS, That IRS.
I do not like that IRS!

Do you like tax and stress?
I do not like them, IRS. I do not like tax and stress.

Would you like them here or there?
I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like tax and stress. I do not like them, IRS.

Would you like them when upset?
Would you like them while in debt?

I do not like them when upset. I do not like them when in debt.
I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like tax and stress. I do not like them, IRS.

Would you meet them for a chat?
Would you roll out a welcome mat?

Not for a chat. No welcome mat.
Not when upset. Not when in debt.


Thank you, TaxGirl.

Debit and credit – – David

David Albrecht


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With this blog post, I join the protest against proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act).

I join the protest for two reasons.  First, the proposed laws shift the power to the accuser.  The accused must “prove” its innocence.  Second, I anticipate many “unintended” consequences that will limit academic fair use of copyrighted materials.

Kelly Phillips Erb, the TaxGirl, says it well.  She says so many things well.

SOPA and PIPA have the potential to criminalize behavior that might not be criminal. The bills, taken together, are an overreaching attempt to govern. The result is the potential for government censorship of the internet. And that isn’t okay.

Debit and credit – – David Albrecht

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Today the PCAOB is hosting a roundtable discussion on the form of the auditor opinion.  32 experts and a full eight hour day.  I will not be live blogging it.


The use of social media is crucial to any professional.  It is important as a source of news.  It is an important form and style of communication.  It is also a means of branding for those with something to say.  If you don’t have something to say, shame on you.  See yesterday’s post for examples some whose use social media turned them into thought leaders.


Update to the SEC document destruction story.  Last week, Broc Romanek (theCorporateCousel.net) reported that the SEC is suspending its policy of shredding MUIs (matters under investigation).  Yesterday, Jessica Holzer of the Wall Street Journal reports, “SEC’s Khuzami: Current Probes Not Hurt by Records Destruction.” I’ve written before that this is a non-issue.


Mark Schaefer is a marketing professor who has a terrific blog on social media marketing.  I subscribe to {grow}, and highly recommend you do so also.  I know of no blogger who writes as much daily and valuable content as does he.  Today’s guest post, “The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO,” touches on my recurring theme–social media use is more than a marketing ploy or a mindset, it is a transformative and transcendent experience.


If you hope someday to become a blogger, you should read taxgirl by Kelly Phillips Erb, a Philadelphia lawyer.  I would emulate her if I could, but I don’t think accountingboy would have the same ring.  Her post today on the tax treatment of employer provided cell phones is an enjoyable read.  Are there any employers out there who want to provide me with a smart phone?


Debit and credit – – David Albrecht

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