Clearing the Decks

As you prepare to set your minds and offices in 'busy' mode, we've collected a group of articles that will [hopefully] set you on a clear path to an efficient and successful tax season, along with a smattering of "to-dos" and "not to-dos" for the benefit of you and your clients.

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Yes, I know how busy your practice can get during these months, especially if you’ve been out of it for a few years. I know the natural...
form w4 guidance
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With the busy season in full swing, the IRS has issued a new advisory on tax withholdings for 2018, with some changes taking place starting...
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In light of passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law late December, let’s take a look at ABLE Accounts, which are accounts created in...
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Most of the provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act completely change the tax landscape for the 2018 tax year, while some changes...
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I’ve previously written columns about deductions for theft losses. Taxpayers whose deductions are disallowed often ask for hearings before...
phishing scams
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Beware of resurgence in this type of phishing scam. Last year’s Form W-2 sham that victimized hundreds of organizations and thousands of...
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Here’s a nice little brain-teaser for tax preparers: How much can you help clients who are taxpayers save on taxes by converting them from...
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First of all, the truth about professional tax software is that it automatically selects the cash method of accounting for all business...
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Like a rite of spring, fraudsters have ramped up their efforts to steal taxpayer and tax preparer information during the tax busy season...
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The IRS has released Notice 1036 , Early Release Copies of the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, that indicates...
form 1023ez
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If you have clients with tax-exempt status and you want a simpler way to file their returns, the IRS has found a way. The agency recently...
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Every first week of January, I go through the office singing, set to the Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The...
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Tax season can be the best time of year in your firm or the worst and how you prepare can mean whether your business, profits, and...
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The beginning of tax season is always a hectic time for most accounting professionals, but keeping on top of your business during this time...
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I am quasi-famous in this industry, due to all of the writing, and speaking engagements that I do, and as a consequence, I get a ton of...