Do you agree with this 2 star review?

December 27th, 2012 → 3:57 pm @


No one likes getting a bad review on Amazon. Me included.


Well, it happened…I received a 2 star review for the Kindle version of my book Business Tips and Taxes for Writers.  (sigh)

Why two stars?  Did I have poor sentence structure?  Did I have incomplete sentences? Was I way off the wall?


Here’s what the reviewer wrote:

Use caution before relying on tax advice here  December 6, 2012

By V. A. Barber

Start-up expenses are an important consideration for a writer since he is likely to have incurred them for years before publication. It would be great if you could deduct all of them in your first year, but you can only deduct $5,000 worth. The rest must be amortized. The author writes (p. 53) “In 2010 Congress increased the deduction for start up expenses from $5,000 to $10,000.” But IRS Publication 535 for 2011 is clear that the limit is still $5,000 (p. 24)


The problem is that as of the writing of the book I was correct! Congress changed the rules after the book’s publication. For that I get 2 stars!

Here’s my reply:


Sorry for the confusion about start up expenses. Congress did increase the deduction up to $10,000 for 2010, but then let it fall back to $5,000 for 2011. Who knows what they will allow for 2012 or in the future. My information when written was accurate. It’s important to consult a CPA who stays current with the ever changing tax laws.
Carol Topp, CPA Author


If you think the 2 star review was unwarranted can I ask you to please write a 4 or 5 star review?

Here the Amazon link:

BTW, it’s best not to comment on the 2 star review because it will appear at the top of the review list. It’s best to leave your own review.

Thanks for all your help,


Carol Topp, CPA


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