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April 15

Patience, Priorities and Persistence – in Tax Season

March 25, 2015

Why would I think these three words, patience, priorities and persistence, have anything to do with tax season? Do you think these words might also ap...

Deductions

Buying Itemized Deductions

March 11, 2015

Does the fear of paying too much tax drive you to buy more deductions? Yes, I said “BUY” deductions. They do cost you money, you know. Did...

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Daylight Saving Time

March 4, 2015

Daylight Saving Time – This year, 2015, it begins Sunday March 8th What does this have to do with taxes? Well, you’d be surprised. Here in...

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What does the IRS have to do with Valentine’s Day?

February 11, 2015

Love is in the air. People use this heart-filled time of year to profess their love, to get engaged, and to marry. When you marry, you get to change y...

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Calling Employees: This is for YOU!

February 4, 2015

You are required to attach your W2 to your tax return when you file this important once-a-year tax form. Every year you have the chance to  “loo...

IRS Audit

Watch Your Mailbox for Important Tax Forms! Part One

January 15, 2015

Even though electronic tax filing season will begin January 20th this year, January 31 is the deadline for many of your “Important Tax Information” re...

Tax Audit

Tax Season 2015

January 7, 2015

Is there such a thing as GOOD NEWS from the Internal Revenue Service? .. Tax season used to begin with a vengeance on the second Friday of January. Ta...

IRS Tax Problems

Easily keep Tax Records for as long as you need them

December 30, 2014

How to Easily keep Tax Records for as long as you need them. And be ready anytime for the Inquiring Mind of the IRS. The IRS has more than one employe...

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How Long Do I Save it?

December 23, 2014

The end is near – the end of the calendar year, that is. What does the IRS say? What does Nellie, “The IRS Insider” say?      ‘...

insurance

Big Game Changer

December 18, 2014

Time marches on whether we plan for it or not, and we only have a few business days left in this year! What will be the BIG GAME CHANGER for this upco...

IRS Audit

Welcome to the tax year home stretch

December 11, 2014

This is NOT the 7th inning stretch that we are so familiar with in baseball. We are rounding third base and running home in the last month of the last...

Money

The 12th Month of the Tax Year

December 5, 2014

Is the 12th month of the year like the 12th hour on the clock? December is the holiday month. We just had Thanksgiving, coming up is Christmas and the...

IRS Audit

Your Rights as a Taxpayer, Part Three

November 25, 2014

Today I will finish the second half of what we might call the IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights. They call it the Declaration of Taxpayer Rights. If you wan...

IRS Audit

Your Rights as a Taxpayer, Part Two

November 19, 2014

Last week I began the conversation saying, “When you are being audited you might not realize that you do have rights as a taxpayer.”  And ...

Tax Audit

You Have Rights as a Taxpayer

November 12, 2014

When you are being audited you might not realize that you do have rights as a taxpayer. The mission of the Internal Revenue Service is to “provi...

Deductions

Advertising. Marketing. Promotion: Is it Tax Deductible?

November 6, 2014

Is there a difference between advertising, marketing and promotion? What is PR? What is deductible? I checked several sources to find the definitions ...

Deductions

End of Month – Employer’s Quarterly Reports are Due

October 29, 2014

The last day of the month of October is the day that 3rd Quarter Employer’s Payroll Tax reports are due. The third quarter covers the payroll mo...

IRS Audit

Records! Your Best IRS Audit Defense

October 23, 2014

I’m not talking vinyl music platters…I’m talking receipts. I’m talking about saving your business butt. I’m talking abou...

Money

Tips and Taxes

October 16, 2014

The word TAX can have several meanings. At Bullet Proof Your Taxes, the talk is all about income tax…I want you to pay only your lowest legal ta...

Confidential

What does “Confidential” mean to you?

October 8, 2014

According to the dictionary, “confidential” means something spoken, or written, or acted upon in strict privacy or secrecy. It implies hav...

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The End is Near

October 2, 2014

The end is near, the end of the tax year that is.  We just ended the third quarter and are beginning the fourth quarter of this calendar year. . What ...

insurance

Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

September 24, 2014

If you got your health care coverage, health insurance, from the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may need to report changes in your personal situati...

Deductions

Did you know that the NEW HealthCare Law (ObamaCare) can affect your taxes?

September 18, 2014

What does this really mean for you? This is such a BIG topic and it’s not possible to answer every question here.  I’m not your insurance ...

Deductions

Got Insurance

September 11, 2014

What kind of insurance do you have?  Do you have enough?  Do you have too much? Is it tax deductible? Let’s begin with…What is insurance? ...

Charitable Giving

Election Season

September 5, 2014

It is election time again and everybody has their hand out. They want your money. They want your contribution. That is natural. .. We just had our pri...

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Guilty!

August 14, 2014

When it comes to the Internal Revenue Service, they do NOT have a presumption of innocence. Yes, they want to help you, help you pay your correct and ...

Fraud

The IRS’ Dirty Dozen

August 8, 2014

The IRS’ Dirty Dozen has nothing to do with eggs or outlaw motorcycle gangs!  The IRS’ Dirty Dozen has everything to do with tax scams. Ta...

IRS Audit

Tax Return Troubles?

July 30, 2014

Oh Boy, Oh Brother! Holy Cow! How else can I nicely say this is not good? I am always trusting my technology. I have a technology guru that I rely on....

Fraud

I just got a call from the IRS!

July 16, 2014

When I, Nellie, get a phone call from the IRS, it really IS the IRS. Income taxes are my job, after all. If a phone call is the first contact YOU get ...

Deductions

Meals and Incidental Expenses While Traveling for Business

July 9, 2014

Are you paying for your own meals while you are out of town for business? What is the purpose of your business travel? Is it to see a client? You may ...

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