It's been years since I've been in public accounting with the Big 4 at PricewaterhouseCoopers. And I certainly don't miss all the long hours working on corporate tax returns for multiple clients at a time. But I completely understand what you tax accountants have been going through even though I'm on the private side now. Believe me, my wife is still in the business, and I can feel her pain.
The careers we chose is not easy. We battle time, constant change, different personalities, a variety of demands, little rewards, limited sleep, unhealthy eating. We find little time for our spouses, pets, families, or socializing. And in the end, we only have the end goal of "pushing a button" (on 9/15 and 10/15) to satisfy the government's requirement to file what clients are unable to do on their own.
It's a thankless job, but someone has to do it. And that's us.