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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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This is going to be a crazy tax season! Yeah, the tax law changes and the shutdown are making preparing income taxes even more unpredictable. However, those are seasonal issues. Some years you have them others you don't. But I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Our Taxing Times
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When I started this post on January 15, 2019, I hadn’t seen a W-2 yet! Nor had I seen a 1099-R, SSA-1099 or any other income document. It’s the 18th now and I have seen my first W-2 and a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Our Taxing Times
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It looks like the IRS has set the opening date for processing 2018 tax returns. They announced on Monday that they will begin on January 28th. The IRS has begun calling employees back to work to prepare for tax season.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Our Taxing Times
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I have a couple very important things to say about W-2. But first, a quick reminder what a W-2 is. What is a W-2? A W-2 - Wage and Tax Statement is issued by an employer to document the wages... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Our Taxing Times
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I have been preparing income taxes for 30 years. That came as a little bit of a surprise to me. But I double checked and it has been 30 years. Then I started thinking about the “tax world” I’ve seen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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As tax season approaches, I would like to discuss (vent about) the new “simplified” 1040 tax return. First I need to explain that, to me, simplification means making something easier. Cutting down on the number of Christmas cards I send... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. It’s also a new ploy being used by scammers to steal your money by making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Since the end of tax season, I have seen at least 2 tax notices a day come into the office. Oklahoma is asking for proof of withholding under the guise of identity theft protection and the IRS has started sending... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Just because you get a notice from the Internal Revenue Service or a state taxing authority does not mean they are right. It happens at least once a tax season. The client and I are working on the current year’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Tax Day 2018 is over! Now we can start thinking about 2018 taxes. Over the next couple of weeks I want to cover tax topics that gave my clients problems. The most common was a big balance due. I’ll be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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I’m getting ready for a series of posts on preparing for your 2018 taxes. Actually, I will start with your options to avoid a big balance due. But first I want to get a point across. Withholding is NOT your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
Kansas Division of Taxation – you gotta love them. They changed their mailing addresses for individual returns in the middle of the tax season with no fanfare. There was no mention in the pre-season updates or in the K40 and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
Yes, it’s April 15th but it’s not Tax Day! This year, with the weekend and Emancipation Day, taxes aren’t due until Tuesday April 17th. So, you have a few more days to procrastinate. If your taxes aren’t filed yet you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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…or users of any online tax program. Print out a copy of your tax return. Now! Do it while you remember the user name and password or before the time limit to print a copy expires. Why? Because you may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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Hell Yes, I’m busy! This will be rough. I am doing it while I eat my lunch (a handful of pretzels.) Let’s make one thing clear – just because the lobby is not stacked with people does not mean that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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There is a little less than 3 weeks left before your 2017 individual tax returns are due. So what if you can’t get your return done in time to file by then? You can file an extension. It can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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3 Weeks 2017 individual tax returns are due 3 weeks from tomorrow on April 17th. Do you know where your return is? If you’re planning on using a tax pro you might want to get your documents to them soon.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
In honor of International Women’s Day, I am bringing back a old post that I wrote when there was a big discussion of putting a woman on the $10 bill (what ever happened to that discussion?) I have a list... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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My desk is covered with files but I wanted to hit on something I am getting a lot of questions from clients about. And I will keep it as simple as I can. Clients are asking me if it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Our Taxing Times
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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