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This is probably going to be my final tax season. Told my manager that every year they make a big deal about Joe Tax Preparer who is 93 years old and still comes in 3 days a week to do his regular clients tax returns and their children, grand children and now great grand children. I don't want to be that person.
Congratulations. A last tax season is a wonderful thing. I wouldn't want to be that person either, even though a reduced workload like that sounds like a luxury. But that's one reason I decided to make a clean break when I retired in October 2015. My thoughts were:

1. I'd seen other guys try to phase out gradually, working part-time or seasonally, and it didn't work out well. Their performance and capabilities went downhill quickly, by not keeping up with developments year-round, both in tax law updates and firm developments. (Software changes, procedures, etc.)

2. As I got older, the stress of tax season got to me, more and more. I was slightly flattered when I gave notice of my impending retirement, (about 9 months in advance), and they asked me if I'd just want to work during tax season, but I said no, because:
(a)Why would I want to work just during the worst part of the year, and not qualify for the employee benefits that I'd get for staying around the other 8 months?
(b) They had a staff shortage at the time, and they had hired some seasonal staff through a temp. staffing firm, and I wanted them to know that if they found someone they wanted to hire as a regular employee, that I wouldn't be there next year.
(c) See item 1.

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