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For what it's worth, I agree with Bob78164. I interpreted Scott's original post to say that he wants to gain knowledge and understanding sufficient to allow him to do his own return, accurately and completely. I don't think he necessarily wants to master it all, participate in political debates, etc.

I'm with Scott. I think everyone ought to be able to do his/her own return, and understand what's going on, and why. (Well, maybe not why, since that means fathoming what the $*!!@# congress was smoking at the time.) I am certainly not a tax expert, but I am completely comfortable with the things that affect me personally. I don't know squat about LLCs, or Schedule Cs, or the ins and outs of AMT - because they don't apply to me. Sure, a tax pro (an EA, say, or a CPA) needs to know about virtually everything, or at least know where to look it up, since the next client to walk through the door might have an LLC, or be subject to AMT. But that's overkill for most of us. If and when AMT becomes an issue with me, I'll figure it out.
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