Friday, July 22, 2011


I first learned about “blogging” at a presentation on “The Future of Easy Web Site Design” by Internet Consultant Lenny Charnoff at the National Association of Tax Professionals National Conference in New Orleans on July 13, 2001. My first blog posting was published on Sunday, July 22, 2001.

I originally decided to write a blog to provide year-round advice and information to my existing clients and to promote my tax preparation and accounting services. Back then I was still soliciting new clients. Currently, as you know, I do not solicit or accept any new 1040 clients, nor do I accept any corporate or partnership clients.

I continue to blog to provide a source of updated federal and state tax information for my 1040 clients, to attempt to market my various special reports and forms compilations, to provide easily accessible samples of my writing for potential publishers, and, quite frankly, because I just enjoy it. My blog has given me a national exposure and recognition and led to my “gig” writing on taxes for MAINSTREET.COM.

Below is a rerun of my very first post –


+++ The ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TAX RELIEF RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2001, signed into law by President Bush on June 7, 2001, has made Section 529 state college savings plans (named for the section in the Internal Revenue Code) an even better way to save for your child’s education.

Earnings on the money invested in Section 529 Plans grow tax-free. Beginning in 2001, withdrawals from state-sponsored plans will be tax-free if the money is used to pay qualifying college expenses.

For more information on Section 529 Plans, go to the LINKS page at
{the link no longer exists – rdf} and click on the link for SAVING FOR COLLEGE.

+++ I recently returned from the annual conference of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TAX PROFESSIONALS, held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, where the keynote speaker for the opening session was IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti.

This was the first time I traveled without having a paper airline ticket in advance. I had no problem at check-in.

As I was walking down Bourbon Street heading for dinner at Tony Moran’s PASTA & VINO I passed a nude bar where the hostess was offering passers-by the opportunity to “wash a girl of your choice”. Good clean fun, “Nawlins” style!

While in the Crescent City, I saw CHERRIES JUBILEE, a delightful comedy written by four local women, at the intimate and very comfortable SOUTHERN REP theatre in the third level of the Shops At Canal Street upscale mall. The show had the funniest and most innovative way to dress the set between scenes.

+++ My website for the ROBERT D FLACH TAX PLANNING INSTITUTE has been given a new look. Go to to check it out. Take a brief survey and receive a free gift

Things haven’t changed much in the past 10 years. The second post, dated July 23, 2001, talked about the “advance refund checks” – Dubya’s first rebate check – and also included the following –

“+++ I hate extensions! I long for the days when the tax season truly did end on April 15th! It is extremely difficult to get motivated to do more 1040s after April 15. Unfortunately, this year I had lots of extensions. I am down to the last 5, and am busy working away. I hope to have all returns out of my office by July 31st.”

The same item applies today – I am down to the final 5 GD extensions (for which I have information) and hope to have all these returns out of my office by July 31st!



Peter Reilly said...

Congratulations. I've been at it for a year now and am really grateful for your encouragement and beign so welcoming.

Robert D Flach said...


Thanks for the congrats!

Good thoughtful tax blogs like PAAOO are always welcome in the "o-sphere".


infinite banking said...

that was a long time ago! well done!