People stop filing their taxes for many reasons, and at this point I’ve probably heard just about every reason. Someone once told me that they prepare their taxes by hand (don’t do that) and their dog ate it before they could mail it in.   As someone who specializes in Taxpayer Representation here in Hartford… Read More

While in college my mother shared a memory about her father sitting at their kitchen table doing their taxes on paper with a pen (using a pencil with an eraser meant that you were planning on making a mistake).  The concept of using a computer to prepare a tax return only really became common practice… Read More

For an introvert I do a surprisingly large amount of public speaking. Here in Hartford County, CT I speak regularly to local organizations.  I hate being redundant, so I’ll typically talk about a recent case.  One common topic is a client getting an unexpected bill from the IRS demanding thousands and how I worked with… Read More

One thing I find myself saying frequently is, “Common sense does not necessarily apply when you’re talking about the IRS.”   This isn’t just about trying to understand tax laws and regulations.  There are regular words that don’t mean what you think they mean.  One area where I see this frequently is when a client… Read More

Part III – Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Notice 2020-17 I. PURPOSE On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)… Read More

Yesterday the Treasury Secretary made an announcement.  Within minutes articles were being published and many of them were inaccurate or misleading.  With how rapidly the news cycle flows these days many skim something or only half understand it and off they go to publish an article. To date, no official policies have been set and… Read More

I’ve said many times in the past that the IRS is like a sleepy bear.  For most, relatively minor, things they may growl at you, but it is typically a while before they take real action. In some areas, though, this has been changing since the appointment of Charles P. Rettig as the Commissioner of… Read More

As long as humans still use money there will always be people trying to take it from others.  No, I’m not talking about taxes. Every year I hear about IRS scams.  For the past few years it’s been phone calls to people telling them they’re behind on their taxes and are about to be arrested.  They… Read More

This is something I hear frequently. Usually it’s a comment on an internet discussion about using software or going into a tax office. To an extent, it’s true. When a client gives me their tax documents I’ll enter it into my tax software, but that’s where the similarities end. And it’s definitely not “all” I… Read More

It’s a phrase I hear several times a year once I mention Self Employment Tax.   Unfortunately there are only one of two categories that you can fall in to for earned income on your taxes.  Either you’re an employee or you are a business owner.  Though there are actually lots of people who get a… Read More