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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Death of Les Shapiro

Shapiro_1Jack Bogdanski (Lewis & Clark) has written a moving post on the death of Leslie Shapiro, Director of Tax Practice at the IRS from 1973-1995:

You simply will never meet a sweeter, gentler, wiser man. And tough as nails when he had to be -- which in his IRS job, was all the time. We shared a lot of laughs, and we had quite a few serious conversations about what it means to be a lawyer, a tax professional, and a human being. To say that I, like many others in the tax sphere, will miss him is, as they say in our trade, a "gross understatement."

Tax Analysts has more here.

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I so remember Les Shapiro from the Bently College
tax program so many years ago. That was when I first became an Enrolled Agent. He was the chief and I just "a new to the job, worker". He was so personable and made me feel like his equal.
As he passed out the certificates, he ask about where I was from and how I practiced.
I have his picture, and years later as he was doing the ethics program, he signed it for me.
He was a wonderful credit to the task that we all are working so hard to achieve. That task, is to be faithful to the IRS as well as to the taxpayer.

Posted by: Selma Kahl | Oct 5, 2006 12:34:21 PM