Accounting and Tax Services for Small Businesses and Individuals in the Des Moines, Iowa Area and Beyond

Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 4

Image courtesy of Back in 2014 and into 2015, I posted a multi-part series of posts about the history of marriage in the tax code. In 2016 I was asked to condense that series into a CPE presentation. Here are excerpts from that presentation. This series of posts will cover a lot of the same ground as [...]

The Dinesen Tax Times

Does My Teenager Need to File a Tax Return?

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Let’s look at the rules for when a dependent needs to file a tax return. For reference, see Table 1-2 on page 7 of this year’s IRS Publication 17.

How Will the New Tax Law Affect the Preparer Industry?

February 7th, 2018|2 Comments

I think tax reform will be a mixed bag for preparers ... those of us who deal with average folks will likely be hurt, while the firms that deal mainly with businesses will likely benefit.

I Have the Yips

February 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on I Have the Yips

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Small Business

305, 2016

You Can Afford Employees But Not an Accountant?

Things business owners have actually said to me: "I hired employees but can't afford an accountant."

1203, 2015

Why Do Unethical Clients Bother Working With Tax and Accounting Pros?

I'm always confused when an unethical client bothers seeking out the help of a licensed professional.

State Taxes

1511, 2017

Basics of the Iowa Pension Exclusion, Part 1

Iowa allows taxpayers to exclude some or all of their retirement income under certain circumstances. Here are the basics of how the Iowa pension exclusion works.

111, 2017

Deducting Long-Term Care Premiums on an Iowa Tax Return

Long-term care premiums are deductible in full on the Iowa tax return, NOT subject to the federal limitations.