This year, people in business or selling on eBay will be getting 1099s from both their banks (or PayPal) and their customers. Often, those 1099s will overlap, telling the IRS that you received much more money than you really earned. There is a trick to reporting these 1099s that will help you avoid audit, while […]
The IRS established new regulations for tax professionals recently. After nearly 100 years without any form of tax preparer licensing or overview, it’s time for tax preparers to exhibit that they have a fundamental understanding of tax law, tax preparation and ethical standards. Now there is a new exam that ALL otherwise uncredentialed tax preparers […]
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service’s next IRS Live webinar, “Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers” is Wednesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The program will include current information on early program accomplishments, Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) guidelines, plans for upcoming competency testing and continuing education, background checks and electronic filing requirements.
Today TaxMama hears from Bill in the TaxQuips Forum, who is angry “I don’t want to pay a fee nor spend my time and money on exams and continuing education that I do not choose. I spent my money going through H&R Block tax courses and subscribe to magazines and websites to keep up-to-date with […]
So, How Do I Know They Know Their Stuff? Simple: Ask questions. Ah, but what questions? The truth is that you need to begin the process by determining which colors in the financial spectrum are relevant to your enterprise. Doing your homework before you contact a tax professional–and being specific about the areas in which […]
Today TaxMama hears from Barbara in New Jersey, who says. “I am the executor of my mother’s estate in NJ. I would like to take the executor’s fee that I am entitled to. I am trying to find out if her home that was just sold is considered an estate asset (that I can include […]
Today TaxMama hears from Andy in Michigan, who asks. “If a tax preparer is handed a subpoena to have a lawyer review a clients tax returns and other material, what are the privilege and confidentiality rules in this situation?”
Today TaxMama hears from Joan in Los Angeles, who has a quick question. “I am a high school teacher. This year I spent a considerable amount of money to become certified to teach yoga in order to teach at my high school as well as at local yoga studios. I didn’t earn any income this […]