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Thank goodness Indy is back to save us yet again.


In the almost 20 years since Harrison Ford last donned that battered fedora, the villains in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" have changed (Cold War Ruskies instead of those evil Nazis). But the archaeology-adventure mix is still there and Indy is still our great academic and national hero.

There is, however, one adversary that Indiana can't save us, or himself, from: the IRS.

Luckily for the dashing taxpaying professor, blogger Riding With Rickey offers tax advice in A Memo from the Office of Steven R. Lawlor, CPA, to Indiana Jones.

Indy and, of course, his accountant, face some unique challenges.

There's the 1040 entered in Aramaic (I didn't realize that lost language also had different numerals; you do learn something new every day!), unconventional dependents and distinct alternative fuel vehicles.

And you've got to have special sympathy for CPA Lawlor, who apparently has been dealing with Indy's penchant to pay for tax services with black market antiquities. Indy, you know better!

I know that, thanks to the heads-up from Lawlor (and Rickey), when the hubby and I do make it to a showing of the Crystal Skull, I'll be keeping an eye out for other possible tax break opportunities for my favorite crusading archaeologist.


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