As we approach Thanksgiving, 2020, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on the year. We have all been through an interesting and taxing period (pun intended) consisting of the virus, lockdowns, wearing masks, elections, and closed businesses. We have certainly been inconvenienced and have had to adjust our daily, weekly and monthly routines. It has been a difficult year especially for those of us who have lost loved ones, friends, clients, jobs or marriages. Most of us know people who have struggled with the personal impacts of COVID-19. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who continue to experience difficult times as we grapple with the effects of this pandemic.
At the same time, I think all of us can, and should, still be grateful for the good things in our lives. Most of us reading this post are relatively healthy. We still have our work to keep us busy allowing us to provide for our family. We are still able to focus on doing a great job for our clients.
I strive to consciously be aware of the things and the events in my life to be grateful for. I have my family, my friends, my clients, my colleagues, my work, my health and my freedom. We need to work hard at keeping all we are experiencing in perspective.
Those of you who know me well, might be surprised by what I write next. Although I spend pretty much every day on the other side of the table from the IRS fighting for my clients in resolving their tax problems, I am grateful for the United States Internal Revenue Service. Our entire staff finished out the week by attending the New England Tax Representation Conference--held virtually this year. We were able to listen to many of the top IRS commissioners talking about the steps IRS has taken, and are continuing to take, to help the American taxpayer weather this storm. It is amazing how much Congress and the IRS have been working with all of us to help ease some of the financial pain brought on by the pandemic.
Our office will continue to fight hard for the rights of the U.S. taxpayers--to help them go up against the powerful IRS, to help them resolve their IRS tax problems, but at the same time I'm proud that we live in America, and that even the most powerful and feared agency in our government is willing to work with us to help us stay afloat and get back on our feet. They really have put in some unprecedented measures to help us.
All of us at Tudor Financial Group extend our best wishes to you and your family for a very healthy, happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. Try to take some time to think about the ways you can be grateful even when you are experiencing difficult times.