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Why are we doing this schedule different than last year?
Because last year’s schedule was wrong and caused the client to pay a lot more tax than they should have.
Please change the description to match the prior year. You should always follow what was done in the prior year.
I am the Prior Year, your God, who gave you workpapers to follow. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Remember the Prior Year and keep it holy. Honor thy Prior Year workpapers. Thou shalt not think. Thou shalt not be creative. Thou shalt not commit deviations from the Prior Year in any way. Thou shalt not covet a more efficient way of doing things.
Change “office expense” to “office overhead expense”.
I’m glad the client is paying you $350 per hour to catch these things.