Tag - IRS

New IRS Notice? – May 3, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, This week, I was in DC attending the IRS Advisory Council meetings. My fellow members and I, work to help the IRS in their quest to have an effective tax administration (don’t laugh). I want to bring up an issue that you may find interesting. Over the past few years, I have advised you that the IRS, in 99% of the cases, will not contact you by email and all letters via snail mail will look and feel [...]

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Forming New Companies – April 26, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers. The tax season crunch is over, at least for now. Next week I am starting my travels to speak around the country. Although not as much as last year. Next week, I will be in DC attending the IRS Advisory Council spring meetings. This session, I am on the Wage and Income Subgroup which looks at things associated with form filling and security. Speaking of which, the IRS has announced (News Release 2019-58) that it is making a change. [...]

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What’s in a name?- March 8, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ordered a Coke, but the server said that they only had Pepsi? Unless you are my lovely wife who actually does not like Pepsi, do you usually say “Whatever”? Well, your name is very important when dealing in the tax game. When a client comes in, specifically a new client, they fill out the client profile and provide me with their driver’s license. We always ask for a copy [...]

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Back to Basics! – March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019 Back to Basics Jeffrey Schneider, EA, CTRS, ACT-E, NTPIF is the head- honcho at SFS Tax & Accounting Services and has been preparing individual and business tax returns for over 40 years along with handling monthly booking, setting up entities, providing payroll and keeping his business clients compliant with state and federal taxes. As all business owners know, your business can easily wither on the vine if you don’t evolve and change with the times. Several years back, Jeffrey [...]

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Passport problem- December 21, 2018

Hello my friends. By the time you see this, Ali and I will be starting the last day of our cruise. Then it will be on to San Fransisco, a city that I have never visited. I am looking forward to visiting the Wharf, Chinatown and riding the trolley I usually try not to get tax technical in these emails. But I would be remiss if I do not tell you something that you or someone you may know may find [...]

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Understanding Income Tax Refund Loans and Back Taxes

Understanding Income Tax Refund Loans and Back Taxes Do you file your taxes electronically? If you do, and the government deposits your refund directly into your checking account, the IRS will refund your money within 21 days. Before 2012, you could receive your money sooner with a refund anticipation loan (RAL) offered by most tax preparers. However, major lenders don’t offer RALs anymore. Loans you take out to get your refund money early is based on your credit history and [...]

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Retirees Not Withholding Enough

Retirees Not Withholding Enough The IRS has announced that retirees may not be withholding enough for taxes this year. There were lots of changes in 2018 that made previous withholding levels obsolete. You should get with an Enrolled Agent now to make adjustments and avoid penalties. But How Do I Know if I’m One of Them? How do you even check to see if you’re not withholding enough? The IRS designed a new withholding calculator for employees that are paid wages, but [...]

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Procrastinator- October 19, 2018

Hello, fellow taxpayers, Tax season 2018 is finally over!! (with the deadline for the extended returns being this past Monday, October 15th.) I have about 10-15 current year returns to be finished (not including late prior years), but I am still waiting for lots of missing (and requested) information. If you are a procrastinator and are expecting a refund on the late return, penalties or interest for late filing or paying will not be assessed. However, if you are one of [...]

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Clean Up Your (Tax) Act: Small Business Edition

Organizing Your Tax Documents Having a small business and filing your taxes is a whole lot different from filing personal taxes – and honestly, it’s not a walk in the park, especially if you’ve never done it before. Because this isn’t something we have to do every day, it’s easy to overlook and wind up a little messy and unorganized. Life was much easier as a kid, but now we’re grown-ups with grown-up responsibilities. It’s time we clean up our [...]

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Clean Up Your (Tax) Act

Organizing Your Tax Documents Let’s be honest, sometimes we’re all a little messy and unorganized. Life was much easier as a kid, but now we’re grown-ups with grown-up responsibilities. It’s time we clean up our acts a bit. Waiting until the end of the year to collect our records for tax season is a pain in the a**. We often tend to forget when thinking about what’s important to DO because we’re thinking about what’s important to US. The holidays, family, a [...]

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