Category Archives: Record Keeping

Gathering Tax Records

Why does this seem to be such a difficult and onerous task? We had one client who simply could not get us the amount of her mortgage interest payment until the afternoon of October 15th one year – by which time our office was closed for tax season. Don’t put yourself in that position next […]

IRS Offers Tips for Safeguarding Tax Records

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama Note: For more recordkeeping and safeguarding tips, click here.] Hurricane season has started and the IRS encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard their tax records against natural disasters by taking a few simple steps. Here are four tips from the IRS to help you prepare in case a […]

Bookkeeping

Today TaxMama® hears from Mary in the TaxQuips Forum who remembers. “During one of the registered tax return preparer (RTRP) presentations on May 15, or 17th, the instructor mentioned getting clients familiar with bookkeeping software. Several names were mentioned. Can you give me the name of the software?”

Audit Risk

Today TaxMama® hears from Hugh in the TaxQuips Forum with a long question. “To make his story short, he lays out his income and expenses and wants to know what his audit risk is – and what records to retain in case he’s ever audited.”

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Managing Your Tax Records After You Have Filed

Courtesy of IRS Keeping good records after you file your taxes is a good idea, as they will help you with documentation and substantiation if the IRS selects your return for an audit. Here are five tips from the IRS about keeping good records.

Get All the Paperwork

Today TaxMama® hears from someone else in the TaxQuips Forum who is being audited. “This person is being audited by IRS for a child tax credit. At this point, she can no longer locate the care provider to get her Social Security Number – the woman’s phone is disconnected. She didn’t get receipts for her […]

Vet Bills

  Today TaxMama hears from Tina in the TaxQuips Forum, who’s in doubt. “I work for a non-profit animal shelter.  We have someone who rescues animals, has them treated at a vet and tries to get them adopted. If she is unable to adopt them out, she brings them to us for us to take […]