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Wow! I guess I stepped into a land mine. I guess I'll need some armor in this message board. Sounds like some nerves are a bit taxed.

Thank you, TMF ExRO for your kind guidance with "Favorites & Replies." It worked beautifully.

In response to your second posting for me; yes, it is the tax LAW, as written by Congress, I am interested in discussing. But I would have to disagree with your statement, "I would agree with the other posts about the efficacy of learning tax law from reading the Code. It's not the easiest or even the best way to do it, considering the complexities." Actually, the Code is surprisingly easy to comprehend, if you follow the index, and break it down into it's Subtitles, which are seperate and distinct from each other.

And to you, TMF Taxes, and RooCat, I understand the pressure tax season puts upon "Tax Professionals" and will respect the deadline of April 17th. Until then I will remain silent, but afterwards I hope to actually discuss the Internal Revenue Code.

RooCat, I guess it's all about jurisdiction.

And to TheBadger: I'm a little confused. You said, "I think I have hit about 75% to 80% of what is worth reading & what you can trust & treat as an authority.", but you prefaced it with, "I have spent 30 years with my nose in Title 26 & probably have read no more than 20% of it." You ended with, "when we really want to go to the source we read the Code, related regulations & other written sources from the IRS or the courts." You can see where my confusion comes from. You say you've read 75-80% of what you treat as "authority", but only 20% of the law. Is not the ultimate authority the law, as set down by Congress? (The IRS is just an administrative agency that actually has limited authority under the law.)

And to LoTax: Nothing gives me more joy than making someone laugh, especially when it done in the light of educating them. And from the sounds of your post ("it's certainly foolish, and not Foolish, to read the Code, etc.") you don't sound so educated on the tax law. I'm assuming by "etc." you mean it's foolish to read The Constitution of United States, as well as any other body of law, for education purposes.

And to elibortPrairiela: I believe you can find the word "ignore" in "ignorance." We wouldn't want to be ignorant of the law, would we?

Finally to criser: I'd like to think of studying the Code more as angioplasty, than plaque. Used to remove the blockage of misguided knowledge about taxes and the law.

The Webster's definition of STRATEGY:
a careful plan or method : a clever stratagem : the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal.

This is a message board on TAX STRATEGIES, and I believe The Internal Revenue Code is the key to careful planning.

I only brought up the idea of studying the IRC for education. And isn't education the best "strategy?"

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