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My Tax Season Recap: Business is Booming, But I’m Starting to Hate this Crap

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , |

How was my tax season? Better than 2015 or 2016 in terms of no surgeries or health problems. Yay! Better than ever before in terms of volume and billings. I was about 40% busier this year than last year. I also have about 40% more tax returns on extension compared to last year. Again, yay! And [...]

Bookkeeping Software is Deceptively Simple

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , , |

Here’s the problem with Quickbooks, or any other software solution for bookkeeping: it’s deceptively simple.

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Can an Iowa Tax Return be Amended from Joint to Separate Filing Status?

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

Unlike with federal tax returns, taxpayers can indeed amend an Iowa return to separate filing status after filing the original Iowa return jointly.

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Do I Need a Receipt for Charitable Contribution Less than $250?

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

Question from a client: One of the charities I donate to told me that I don't need a receipt unless I donate $250 in one year...is this true...even if I get audited? Answer: Yes.

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Why is the SE Tax Deduction Taken on the 1040 and Not on Schedule C?

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , , |

Question from a web visitor: why is the deduction for 1/2 of self-employment tax taken on the front side of the 1040 and not on the proprietorship’s Schedule C?

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