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Brian Strahle

Michelle, I started a state and local tax blog this year http://leveragesalt.blogspot.com/ and would like your opinion on how it looks and what I can do to improve it. I have been to your site several times and find your blog very interesting.

In regards to state tax blogs in general, just this month I have read articles in the "State Income Tax Monitor" and "Sales & Use Tax Monitor" that certain tax professionals don't understand why tax professionals would blog. The articles talk about how tax professionals don't use blogs for research. I understand that point; however, I don't understand why tax professionals don't recognize that blogging not only can help you develop relationships with other tax professionals, but can also allow you to build relationships with clients that you would otherwise not interact with, and develop your reputation as an expert, or reliable and responsive resource.

I know you have written about the low number of accounting firms that have blogs. I would like to know if you have any further or recent insights as to why accounting firms are not blogging?

I am currently in discussions with a firm's National Tax Office about starting a state and local tax blog. Not sure if they will do it or not. In any case, I have received good feedback from some of the big 4 firms and other top national firms.

Thank you.

Brian Strahle, National State and Local Taxpayer Advocate

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