Desis love reverse engineering and employ it in many walks of life including taxes. The first question a desi tax consultant asks you is “How much returns do you want (not expect, but want)?”
Say, you tell him $5,000. He then backtracks, checks off all the rules he can bend, all the loopholes he can exploit and charges you by the mile.
Buying a brand new La-Z-Boy recliner will be counted as expenses for setting up a new home-office; Subscribing to an 8 DVD Netflix rental plan shall be money well spent on education through documentaries. Used clothes to Goodwill will be written off as donations.
The desi math gene and free-time makes spouses especially well prepared for being part time tax consultants. Desis using TurboTax and those receiving a refund of less than $2,000 are considered losers.
The desi love for tax consultants is so strong that people often spend hundreds of dollars to fly to a renowned refund-maximizing consultant in a distant metropolis. This airfare is not only included as a claim but also shared among friends by efficiently batch processing their taxes.
Libertarian Milton Friedman would have been enormously proud of desi tax consultants for being able to put Uncle Sam’s hands off your dollars. If only more Americans knew!