Earlier this month I posted an article suggesting information that you should bring to your tax interview. I would now like to share with you a few of things not to bring.
First, please leave your children at home. Give us all a break. It’s hard to concentrate on taxes if the kids are fussing or whining about being board. Even the baby in the carrier can distract you. If you have to bring your kids, bring them something to do while we work. Also, keep an eye on them. My office is not child safe and it’s not my receptionist’s job to go chasing after them.
Next, leave your cell phone in your purse or pocket. Taking or making calls because you’re bored is distracting for both of us. I will interrupt your conversation to ask questions so don’t get mad at me for doing my job. BTW- texting is almost as bad.
Finally, leave your bugs at home. I don’t need a cold or the flu any time but especially now. You have plenty of time to get your tax return done so reschedule your appointment. And those signs on my desk and door mean just what they look like; I don’t shake hands. It’s too easy to transfer stuff by hand.
Yeah, I know – I’m rude for suggesting that your children are less than perfectly behaved angels, that your phone call is less important than your income taxes and that my health is more important than your convenience. Sorry but you only do taxes once a year but I see hundreds in 3 months and I need to get through those months with the least amount of stress and illness.