One of my clients, partially as a result of his dementia, wasn't real good about filing his taxes for a few years.
We I arrived on the scene, 6 of the previous 7 years had passed without the more than symbolic flashing of the 1040.
I have spent many hours negotiating with the IRS and filing back returns. All of this activity resulted in a payment plan that really is doable within the client's limited budget. And along the way I discovered some extremely helpful IRS Folk (Heather Poppleton, I love you!).
Did you know that the IRS considers each year's return as a separate and unique thing? I mention this because the first time that I thought I had negotiated a deal, turns out it was for just 2 of the six years in question. And every time something goes wrong I get 12 letters! Six by regular mail and six certified. The workers at our local small town post office must think that I am the biggest tax loser in town.
I've been making the regular payments through the online system and guess what, 12 more letters in today's mail! Turns out I didn't apply them to the earliest delinquent return.
Again rescued by another extremely patient IRS dude. We are back on track.
Moral of the story: you can mess wit' some of the gov'mint some of the time but you can't never mess wit' the IRS!
Don the Trustee
When my mother passed very suddenly some 16 years ago, I worked as a trustee for the first time. Her trust contained walnut orchards, peach orchards and a small vineyard. One of the properties was within the sphere of influence of the adjacent city and I dove in with the neighbors and started working on annexation. Loved this work back then and still find it very satisfying today.