Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.




My younger son, Jack, got a certified letter from the IRS with a hand-written Post-it note on it.  What did the gobierno want?  The government usually sends unsigned computer-generated letters.   Maybe Jack the Drummer Boy owed another $15 from his Michigan Wolverines basketball band income.  (Jack was in college at the time.)

Why didn’t the IRS pick on me, instead? I wanted to be audited. I haven’t been audited since 1982. Thirty-three years of saving bills and income/expense statements and checks — and nobody wants to see it.  Yes, I throw the stuff out periodically, but I replenish.

irs and jackJack told the IRS he made money as a camp counselor and playing gigs.  He said his dad paid for college.  Jack later told me, “The auditor was impressed you were footing the out-of-state tuition.”

Thank you.  No penalty.  (Jack got a $68 credit.)

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1 don friedman { 03.18.15 at 12:39 pm }

The IRS absolutely hates to ‘lose’ an audit. Our secret police (bureaucratic tyrants) had to give me a $600 refund in ’89. What a pleasure that was for me. They are so underhanded, oops, I mean understaffed now.

A good tax revolt would be for citizens to not file electronically. It helps the secret police too much. I think 20,000 pages of rules, regulations, and penalty threats is a bit over the top.

2 Marc { 03.18.15 at 4:07 pm }

My son Jonathan won $100,000 on TBS King of the Nerds last episode which aired last Friday night. I couldn’t watch until motze Shabbos. You can watch episode 8 season 3 on Youtube.

3 Bert Stratton { 03.18.15 at 5:54 pm }

To Marc,

Mazel tov on your son’s winnings.

On theme: Don’t forget, the IRS is going to take about a third. And let’s not forget, additionally California state tax (assuming the show is from Cali).

4 Ken Goldberg { 03.18.15 at 11:06 pm }

Bert – May I remind everyone your son didn’t do too badly on the game show, either….

5 Ken Goldberg { 03.19.15 at 9:54 am }

I could contact the IRS and tell them you’re anxious to get audited this year. Okay?

6 Marc { 04.08.15 at 1:29 pm }

Ken, its very sad. The IRS has tightened the budget and they are not able to do many audits anymore.

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