This post was originally published on Forbes May 28, 2015
Ever since the travails of poor Tim Geithner, I can't resist looking at a case where TurboTax is involved. Thus I was surprised that the Federal Circuit Appeals decision in the case of Christopher and Judith McNaughton has not attracted more attention. It was interesting enough for me to want to talk to the taxpayer, who was representing himself. Mr. McNaughton practiced corporate law until the early eighties working his way up to corporate counsel of a large company and then going over to the business side and from there into venture capital. In retirement he spends his time managing his investments. He does his own tax return. I tried to give him a hard time about that, but he was too caught up in explaining his grievances to me.