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trishmc
Small town Kansas
I am a tax professional and business owner
Interests: business, web design, directing and acting, and of course - taxes
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My busiest day so far. Who would have thought that Valentine’s Day would be a day people wanted to get their taxes done? The phone is also ringing for appointments, The only reason I can think of is that the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Oops, they did it again! (Not what I really wanted to say! Fill in your favorite cuss word here!) Today, February 9, 2018 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) was signed into law after lawmakers stayed up all night... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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I can’t talk to anyone else about your tax return without your permission. This means your banker, broker or even your sister. Sorry, it’s a confidentiality matter. I take it seriously as does the IRS. Get me s signed request... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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The great thing about having a blog is I can use it to vent. So here goes: Get over yourself. I don’t have to shake your hand. A little background might help. The last few years have been medically challenging... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Most tax preparers want new clients and we get them in a variety of ways. Mostly they call or come to the office to visit before I do the return. Occasionally, I do get an email telling me a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Kansas made big changes to business income on the 2017 tax returns. Changes I’m glad to see but I also hate. Back in 2012, the Kansas legislature started an experiment/folly. They decided to stop taxing, on the state level, non-wage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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The recently enacted federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for the most part, doesn’t go into effect until 2018. But Kansas made some major changes to the 2017 individual state returns Affecting most taxpayers are changes to the tax rates.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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I’m back! (Okay, I wasn't really anywhere near this photo.) Sorry I was gone so long. There were a lot of factors that kept me from posting but I’m going to try harder this tax season. First some housekeeping: The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
I didn’t watch the GOP debate the other night. But I have checked a lot of news and opinion sources about what was, and wasn’t, said. I really thought the candidates would do better with the question about what woman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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I just filed my tax return. As usual, it was on extension. It took me longer to get it done this year than usual. I fell behind on record keeping when I was sick last year and it was easier... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) has a new tax amnesty program. That means if you owe back Kansas taxes you can avoid paying the interest and penalties on the tax. The catch? You have to pay off the full... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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It’s back to school time and time to talk taxes. (Actually, I’m a little late since most schools around me started last weeks but hopefully you still have all the paperwork.) Specifically, I want to talk about records and receipts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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We knew that the decision would be released before the Supreme Court went on vacation and it was. Today (6/25/15) the SCOTUS affirmed the 4th Court decision in the case of King v. Burwell. The vote was 6-3 with Justices... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Yesterday, I posted about the eleventh hour tax increases the Kansas Legislature passed on June 12, 2015 to cover the budget shortfall caused by the major tax cuts they passed in 2012. The tax cuts were marketed on the concept... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The largest tax increase in the history of the state of Kansas. That’s what Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Meeker said of the legislation that was finally passed on June 12, 2015. That was a day after Gov. Sam Brownback... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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As I was out and about this morning, I noticed on the corner at one of our busiest intersections a cluster of signs. Surrounding a yard sign advertising the summer rec center programs were at least seven homemade signs announcing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Okay, I missed it. My only excuse was that it came out at the worst possible time (March 23) for me to study the proposed changes. The IRS was asking for feedback to proposed changes on how gambling winnings are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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If you were planning to grab a tax transcript off the IRS’s online “Get Transcript” program, you’re out of luck. The application has been closed down because about 100,000 taxpayer accounts were broken into. The IRS wasn’t hacked. The thieves... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day Weekend. But please take a minute to remember why we celebrate the day: to honor those who have died in service of the United States. In fact, May is National Military... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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It’s bad enough to lose a court case that most expected they would win but now the IRS is paying more than they ever took in from the RTRP test. Almost $8 million more. From an IRS notice: The IRS... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Congratulations Graduates and parents. I wish you good fortune in your future. Graduation is one of life’s major changes. And as with any life changes there are tax issues to be considered. Dependency Exemption Whether the graduation is from high... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
Trying something new. If it works, I'll use it occasionally for posts. If it doesn't work, I'll just post the link. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Now that the actual filing season is over it’s time to start planning for your 2015 tax year. For many taxpayers, that means looking at their withholding. Too large a refund or a balance due might mean the need to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The most dreaded words in modern society - the computer is down. Mine is down, again. I guess it wants a vacation because it keeps turning itself off. It had done this during tax season but my helpful tech guy... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh….. Quiet today! Yesterday (April 15th) was a manic depressive kind of day. It would be calm for a while then everyone would call or come by at the same time. (There were the three last minute changes to completed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Our Taxing Times