Category Archives: Tax Tips

1st Grade Tax Tips

This is usually the time of year when people start digging through their file, or shoe box as the case may be, in an effort to get started on their dreaded Form 1040.  If you wait until the eve of … Continue reading

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One month left until tax day; who should prepare your tax return?

There’s about one month left to file your 2013 taxes. You may notice that there are lots of places soliciting to prepare your taxes these days. Every time you pass a strip-mall you likely see some type of gimmick, from … Continue reading

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Beware of the “Turbo Tax audit”

With advancements in tax software and technology, it’s rare to find tax returns that are filled out by hand; without the assistance of a tax preparer or tax preparation software. These advancements have given rise to a whole market of … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Scam Tips

Every tax season the IRS warns taxpayers of tax-time scams and how to avoid them.  The IRS says that “tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season.”  This year the filing season begins January 31st.  I hope taxpayers take … Continue reading

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Testing My Theory

Apparently it wasn’t only me who thought the new Practitioner Priority Service (PPS) guidelines were ambiguous.  I don’t think the PPS customer service reps understand them either.  The best I could tell, I thought that they would be checking qualifications more closely, … Continue reading

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The IRS Audit / Exam Process

If you’ve ever been audited by the IRS then you would probably agree that it is one of the most stressful ordeals of your life.  Some people worry themselves sick about their potential for audit before they even hear from … Continue reading

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Vengeful Audit Paranoia

People who get audited often feel like they have been unfairly targeted by the IRS.  Many of our clients have felt this way.  When the tax audit notice comes, they immediately review their past dealings with the IRS, trying to … Continue reading

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“This is George Miller with the IRS…”

It sure was nice of the IRS to warn taxpayers of a “pervasive telephone scam” last week.  The scam artists apparently target recent immigrants, threaten jail time, and run credit card payments over the phone.  The IRS described a number … Continue reading

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Deceptive FTL Mailers

If you have an IRS tax debt, chances are the government has filed a Federal Tax Lien (FTL) against you to protect its interests, especially if the debt is greater than $10,000.  The FTL becomes public information and any number … Continue reading

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