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Old 12-31-2019, 08:50 AM
 
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You could have turned to a CPA.
As a 503c7 I probably did not have the budget for a CPA, and in this case that was not necessary as the question was very straightforward.

I wish CPAs could deal with the cable company for me, or with private health insurers, or with a ton of other companies that suck butt to deal with yet somehow never sully the reputation of Private Enterprise.
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Old 12-31-2019, 09:06 AM
 
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As a 503c7 I probably did not have the budget for a CPA, and in this case that was not necessary as the question was very straightforward.

I wish CPAs could deal with the cable company for me, or with private health insurers, or with a ton of other companies that suck butt to deal with yet somehow never sully the reputation of Private Enterprise.
CPA's and accountants do pro-bono work for non-profits all the time.
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The IRS isn't going to help you with the cable company or private health insurance etc. either.


And did you mean 501 (c) 7?
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:22 PM
 
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CPA's and accountants do pro-bono work for non-profits all the time.
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The IRS isn't going to help you with the cable company or private health insurance etc. either.

And did you mean 501 (c) 7?
Yeah I think so, it was a few years ago. It was a simple question about current status, not accounting work.

My point was just that calling the IRS was an easier experience than trying to get basic information from the cable company or a lot of other private companies. The sad fact is, in the private sector, companies tend to be efficient and helpful up until they achieve significant market share, and then they trade on their reputation and push cost-cutting until the whole system collapses. Small business and sectors with low entry costs fare better, but the major companies that dominate the market basically all suck.

Also, the IRS mainly sucks because every time someone in Congress tries to implement reform to make taxes more user-friendly, private firms lobby to it shut down.

To circle back to the original point about "trusting" government, it's not a matter of trust. The government is subject to political motives, and companies are subject to profit motives. Neither is perfect, but each has relative strengths in different situations. There are lots of purposes for which profit motive doesn't work (caring for the sick, housing prisoners, military defense, rural infrastructure), but are still really important.
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