How To Find The Best Tax Preparer

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Getting the right tax preparers takes work.

One thing to be aware in tax season is that not everyone is truly an expert when it comes to preparing your return. And it’s worth your time and effort to find the best possible people to handle your tax issues.

These tips can help you choose the right tax preparation expert for you.

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It’s relatively easy to get basic credentials to…

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Some Americans Disgruntled By Dwindling Tax Refunds

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Tax refunds started off smaller this year.

Tax refunds were on average 8 percent smaller this year than last in the first week of the filing season.

The IRS noted the changes as it began to process this year’s tax returns. According to Politico, refunds dipped to $1,865 from $2,035. The site points out that observers are eyeing this year’s refunds closely to gauge the impact of changes to…

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Don’t Let Red Flags Bring IRS Attention

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The IRS is back to work in time for tax season.

The IRS is getting back to work just in time for tax season. And it’s already a bit of a rough road. But don’t let difficulties lull you into setting off alarms with your tax returns.

With tax season under way, some taxpayers are complaining about long waits when they call the IRS with questions. According to Continue reading »

Tax Season Kicks Off With IRS Scrambling To Recover From Shutdown

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The government shutdown has ended just as tax season begins.

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended just in time for the kickoff of tax season today. But that doesn’t mean everything’s back to normal.

Many prognosticators expect a bumpy tax season thanks to the shutdown, combined with implementation of revisions to the tax code passed at the end of 2017.

According to The New…

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IRS Faces Perfect Storm With Shutdown Aftermath, Tax Law Implementation

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The IRS faces a challenging tax season.

As tax season approaches, the government shutdown, combined with implementation of Republican tax changes, the IRS faces an overwhelming challenge.

Officials have called many IRS workers back to their jobs for tax season. But many were not being paid. At the same time, the agency is trying to implement sweeping tax law changes.

According to the Washington Post:

Trainings for IRS employees…

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Tax Season Is Around The Corner

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Tax season is almost here.

Tax season will kick off toward the end of January regardless of the government shutdown, the IRS says.

The agency announced that tax season will begin Jan. 29.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS…

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Will Government Shutdown Slow Tax Refunds?

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Tax refunds could be delayed by the federal government shutdown.

The federal government’s partial shutdown could delay tax refunds.

According to CNBC, the IRS hasn’t said how long the shutdown would have to be before it affects the agency’s ability to process tax refunds. But, according to the network, the shutdown’s effect could be magnified by changes to the tax code passed in 2017:

In 2018, it nearly doubled…

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Understaffed IRS Eyes Social Media To Catch Tax Cheats

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Cuts at the IRS could delay tax returns. By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The IRS, following years of budget cuts that have eroded its ability to police wealthy tax cheats, is turning to the Internet for help

The agency recently acknowledged it will monitor social media to go after tax dodgers. According to Quartz:

“Businesses and individuals increasingly use…

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Follow These Accounting Tips For A Happy New Year

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Accounting is part of business success.

Keeping your accounting house in order is a great holiday gift for any small business person.

And these accounting tips can help you do just that.

Keep personal, business finances separate

Keeping your business and personal finances separate will make accounting a much simpler task, even when all your income comes from the business.

“Doing this will save you a great deal of time and energy…

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