Category Archives: Tax

Identity Theft and the IRS

Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your permission. While this can include credit cards, banking information, and passwords, it’s your Social Security number that’s the biggest IRS-related identity theft problem.  An estimated 4 to 5 million … Continue reading

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Disasters and Taxes

While some may say that tax season in and of itself should be classified as a “federally declared disaster,” the phrase holds more weight this upcoming year as thousands of families have been devastated by the California wildfires and East … Continue reading

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How to Speak “Tax”

This time of year and into April, we begin to hear a different vocabulary come to life: “Credit.”  “Exemption.”  “Adjusted Gross Income.”  It can seem as if your accountant speaks a different language from you. While we’ll do our best … Continue reading

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Moonlighting in the Gig Economy and Taxes

Are you one of the thousands of people who are working gig-type jobs for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, or companies like them? Whether you’re full time or just moonlighting a few hours a week, the paperwork for this part of … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Checkup

Collecting sales tax is one of those things that most businesses need to do on a regular basis.  It’s also a chore that is somewhat done by machines and administrative personnel. If the rules change and the procedures go out … Continue reading

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Is the New 1040 “Postcard” Tax Return Form as Easy as It Claims to Be?

The IRS unveiled a draft of the new 2018 Form 1040 over the summer which consolidates Form 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ into one supposedly simpler postcard-sized form. The only problem is there are now 2 pages of the postcard 1040 … Continue reading

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Tax Planning is Key This Year

If there ever was a year for tax planning, now is the time!  Some people and businesses will be in for a big surprise this year because of all of the changes in the tax law for the 2018 year.  … Continue reading

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Is Your Business an SSTB? (And Why Do You Care?)

QBI, 199A, SSTB—these are just a few of the new acronyms being tossed around as part of the recent business tax reform changes (like we don’t already have enough of them to remember!). Out of all the terminology, “SSTB” (Specified … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Considered a Hobby by the IRS?

Very frequently tax preparers are asked to provide clarification on IRS rules that they heard from a friend, neighbor or colleague. Usually some part of the statement is true; however, there is always more to the story or it may … Continue reading

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New Tax Brackets in 2018

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act revised some foundational deductions, exemptions, and tax brackets for the 2018 tax year. Here’s a rundown of what’s changed in that area for individuals: Exemption On your 2017 1040 tax return, you likely … Continue reading

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