Posts Tagged ‘Attorney’


How NOT to Fire Your CPA

While we are addressing a CPA here, please feel free to substitute Attorney, Financial Advisor, Etc.

We had a former client terminate us recently. They had been a client for over 25 years. Second generation business, a small, local business.  Nice people. They recently ended our relationship.

 

By sending a letter.

Really?

25 years of (apparently) (at least) decent service and you send a letter?


The Last (Really BIG) Tax-Free Gift

Under current federal estate tax law there is an exclusion up to $5.12 million in 2012. Taxable estates above this amount are taxed at 35%. This exclusion is scheduled to decrease to $1 million beginning in 2013. The tax rate will also increase to 55%. This exclusion can be used either at death or during life.  In other words, the federal estate tax and the federal gift tax are unified.

There is speculation that Congress won’t allow this exclusion to … Continue reading »


6 Easy Steps to Navigate an IRS Audit and Save You (Tax) Money

1) Determine if this is an IRS Field, Office or Correspondence Audit

With a Field Audit, the audit will be done at your place of business. Most taxpayers requests that the audit be moved and done at your CPA’s office. The auditor however still has the right to visit your office.

In an Office Audit, the audit will be done at the local IRS office. You get to go see them.

In a Correspondence Audit, everything is done through … Continue reading »


4 Reasons to Get IRS Form W-9

 

1) Two Simple Questions That Taxpayers Will Need to Answer Carefully This Year

Two simple questions were added to the income tax returns last year.  These were:

“Did you make any payments in 2011 that would require you to file Form(s) 1099?”

“If “Yes,” did you or will you file all required Forms 1099?”


When (and How) to Declare the Sale of Your Primary Residence

Recently a new client came to us.  The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) was looking for $262,532 in back taxes.  This was from the sale of their home two years ago.

Form 1099-S Reporting Requirements

Attorneys that handle real estate closings must report the proceeds on IRS Form 1099-S, Sale of Real Estate Property.  There is an exception to this however. If the seller of the real estate signs a certification, the attorney does not need to issue the 1099.  … Continue reading »