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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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It happens; you owe the IRS or a state income tax. What do you do? You actually have a variety of options available to make your payment. You can send a check or money order, pay online or set up... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Our Taxing Times
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This is not the time of the year to P*** off your tax pro! Do I have your attention? For the last two months, I have been able to help a lot of good people meet their tax filing requirements.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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There are just a little over three weeks left before April 15th and I’ve been busy with tax returns. However, there have been a few tax items that need to be pointed out now. The IRS has started sending out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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There is a little more than 3 weeks left before your 2014 tax return is due. What if you can’t get your return done in time to file by then? You can file an extension. It can be done electronically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Did your paid preparer (notice I didn’t say tax pro) tell you that you owed a Shared Responsibility Payment and that you need to write the check to them? If you did, you might be paying it twice. That is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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It seems that I am seeing more back year returns this year. I don’t track them so I can’t be sure. But it sure feels like I’m doing more. There a lot of good reasons to get your back returns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Super busy but this needs to get out. A month ago, Intuit stopped filing state tax returns for a few days because of reports that taxpayers were getting notices that state returns had been filed using their SSN and names... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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I don’t know why I even looked at the email. It was from i-Books announcing the new releases for March. As I scrolled down the list, a blurb caught my attention. “This intriguing political thriller raises questions about income taxes.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The IRS and the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) have announced that NCCS’s system has been hacked and the information compromised. The NCCS handles the online filing of Forms 990, 990EZ and 990N for the IRS. Information... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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In recent years there has been a big push to add extra taxes to sugary soft drinks and snacks. The idea behind the proposed taxes is to counter the American trend to obesity. Last November, Berkley, CA became the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Your 2014 federal income taxes are done but you owe a lot more than you thought you would. In fact, you don’t think that you can scrap the money together to pay the IRS by April 15, 2015. In that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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When I started doing tax returns the tax code was only 12 pages long and we used an abacus, papyrus and quill pens to prepare return. Okay that may be an exaggeration. But I have been preparing return s for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare is still making news. The Administration has announced that approximately 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled through one of the Health Insurance Marketplaces (HIM) received an incorrect Form 1095-A. The form gives taxpayers the information... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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I’ve been busy so here are a few tax highlights that came across my desk. The IRS has updated their smart phone app – IRS2Go. You can check on your refund, find free tax prep help or sign up to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Let’s set the Wayback Machine to 2008 (sorry, watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman) and revisit the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008: the legislation that gave us the first version of the 1st Time Homebuyer’s Credit. This version did... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Your tax return is finished and you are ready to file it, have you signed it? A 1040 series tax return has to be signed by the taxpayer and their spouse if they are filing Married Filing Jointly (MFJ). But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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You listened to the guy at the barbershop. Or, maybe it was someone at work or some “expert” on television or on the internet. They said that Social Security is in big trouble. It’s running out of money and won’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Soapbox Time! Tax season has been going well but there are always frustrations with clients that you really can’t say to them. So, I hope you don’t mind me venting about a few issues I am seeing with clients and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Are you talking about your taxes with your spouse? Are you talking about taxes before you come into my office? If not, please do. Here is what happened today. Couple came in and as I was sorting their paperwork I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Intuit, maker of Turbo Tax Software, has announced that they are suspending all state electronic filing due to concerns about security issues; specifically identity theft. Saturday 2/7 - Update- Turbo Tax Has restarted electronic filing of state returns. Security firm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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The most frustrating phrase to a good tax preparer when it comes to tax information is; “This guy at work said….” And it doesn’t have to be a co-worker. Substitute brother-in-law, beautician, relator or any other non-tax expert for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Who said; “The Earned Income Tax Credit is the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”? Yesterday (1/30/2015) was Earned Income Credit Awareness Day. So in honor of the program, here is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Earlier this month I posted an article suggesting information that you should bring to your tax interview. I would now like to share with you a few of things not to bring. First, please leave your children at home. Give... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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Please help spread the word – the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone or email. A client called today about a phone call she just received from someone who said he was from the IRS. He even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Our Taxing Times
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There will be taxpayers who will get a nasty surprise when they have their income taxes prepared and find that they have to pay back part or all of their Premium Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC is available for taxpayers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Our Taxing Times