Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I just finished reading “A Good Guy’s Tax Journey Series Part 1 – Tax Tips on How to Deal With the IRS and Live to Fight Another Day” by fellow tax blogger (THE TAX FACTOR) Jamaal Solomon EA.
FYI, I had interviewed Jamaal as part of my TAX BLOGOSPHERE BUDDIES series a while back.  Click here to read the interview.

This book is about dealing with an IRS balance due notice and is written from the unique point of view of the taxpayer receiving the notice – in this case Mr. Will E. Wonk.

Will E. did indeed make a serious, and actually fraudulent, error on his first Form 1040.  Upon receiving a notice from the IRS he does some online research and comes across tax preparer “Tax Guy” (aka Jamaal Solomon), who he retains to help him deal with the IRS.  As the book progresses Will explains, in plain and simple language, just how Tax Guy deals with the IRS and the advice TG gives Will.

Jamaal’s purpose in writing the series is “to empower you, the reader, to learn about the basics of taxes”.   He wants the reader “to learn about your options and rights.  To know the consequences of your action (and inaction).”

Sprinkled throughout the book are appropriate tips and information direct from IRS publications, which Jamaal does to prove how easy it is to research tax issues on the IRS website.

Having a story told by the taxpayer makes what could be a dry and perhaps boring, although important, subject entertaining and easy to follow.  Jamaal does a great job in capturing the “voice” of an average taxpayer.

After the story Jamaal provides an extensive glossary of “Basic Tax Terms That Every Citizen Should Know” and a listing of “Helpful IRS Publications for Individual Tax Issues” available at the IRS website.

Two thumbs up from me!

This book is the first in a trilogy about the tax trials and tribulations of Will E. Wonk and wife Sally.  Part 2 deals with Will’s experience as a CEO of a “shady business”.  I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

The cost of the e-book, in digital version or via Kindle, is $4.99.  Click here to order from 

BTW, Jamaal is collaborating with me on a book of advice and resources for tax professionals from two points of view – that of the veteran preparer (me) and the relatively new professional (JS).


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