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Living with Tax Reform

Often throughout the year when I write about taxes, I know that many people don’t really want to hear about such things. I keep doing it, though, because I know that if I bring up topics that someone is worried about, we can help them. It may not be for everyone, but it is very

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Non Deductible Expenses – Political Contributions and Others

There are many hot phrases coming out of this presidential campaign cycle, but it is not all crooked locker room talk.  Taxes have also been getting lots of attention, and not just when it comes to which candidate’s plan you prefer. If you go to Google and type in “are political” the first suggestion is

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IRS Scam Alert

It almost seems like a monthly rite of passage when the latest tax scam comes up that I have to cover in this spot. I almost can’t believe it sometimes, but as long as the IRS keeps putting out warnings, I feel it is my job to pass them along. At least with this latest

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Tax Return Procrastination

Last week, reports came out that fewer people were filing their taxes than had at the same point of calendar year 2016.  Bloomberg released an article that theorized taxpayer confusion was one of the reasons for this.  Although the current political climate makes that more likely this year than others, it is not like taxes

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Issues That Can Trigger an Audit / Examination

On February 15, 2017 I posted a blog on What Triggers an Audit.  Because of the concerns that taxpayers have around this topic, I am continuing to share with you more information about audits as it remains – as it should be – a hot-button topic this time of year.  It was reported last week

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Affordable Care Act Status a/k/a Obamacare

During the election season I never touched on politics.  Since I never thought it was my place to take sides, I stayed on the sidelines.  Now there is a different issue that has come up and it has come up from a campaign promise of President Trump.  As this action by President Trump can affect

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What Triggers an Audit?

I suppose it is not surprising that this is the time of year when people most think about the potential of a tax audit.  After all, many like to ignore all thoughts of taxes through much of the year, only letting them rise to the forefront when forced to file a return.   It also

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Accounting and Cyberspace

Now that we are out of the holiday season and entering tax season lets look back on a phenomena of the holiday shopping season.  In this holiday-season lookback, we can at least start to give some hope to those who are finding it difficult to come by. This optimism can come in the economic realm,

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Really – I Have to Pay Taxes on This? – Form 1099

There are a number of different 1099 forms and chances are pretty good that at least one will be making its way into your mailbox (be it the actual one at the curb or a virtual one) over the coming weeks.  These forms cover a large range of money that you may have received during

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Divorce Effect on Taxes

They say the three hardest things for a person to go through is the passing of a loved one, losing a job and getting divorced.  This blog will deal with the latter.  Quite often – or maybe it is just quite often to those of us in the accounting profession – one hears jokes about

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