In a “perfect” world every tax preparer would look at the same facts that you provide and produce identical tax values. In the real world, judgment enters the picture. For example, Ken states that under the circumstances “that” is deductible. A more conservative preparer says it is not deductible. Who is right? The problem is that while some issues cross the line from tax avoidance (legal) to tax evasion (illegal), other issues are not clear cut. So the question is, “Which preparer helps you sleep at night?”
Ken’s approach to tax compliance is to trust the source data (the text of the law and the text of any legal documents involved in a transaction) and to be aggressive within the law.
Ken understand that there is a lot of anger over income taxes. Money in general is one of the most powerful sources of insanity. He’s not referring to clinical insanity here. Ken’s referring to the man on the street who is trying to scratch out a living while watching our government squander our tax dollars on programs we don’t agree with. In the long-term, the people who let their anger cause them to cross the line into illegal tax activities get burned. Working with a professional to legally minimize your taxes while optimizing your after tax choices is the rational approach to this side of life.