December 18, 2014
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To reduce taxable income, taxpayers can choose between itemizing tax deductions (which requires accurate record-keeping and documentation) or taking the standard deduction. The standard deduction is a fixed amount that reduces the amount of money on which taxpayers calculate tax to the federal government. Generally, it's better to itemize if you can show that you have more deductible expenses (e.g. mortgage interest + property taxes + state income tax + medical expenses + charitable contributions + union dues + etc.) than the amount of the standard deduction.
IRS Publication 501 outlines each year’s standard deduction amounts. There are circumstances where increases can be made to the standard deduction. For example, if you are 65 or older, or blind, the standard deduction increases.
Here are a few handy websites to help you evaluate your noncash items:
- Salvation Army Link Value Guide
- Goodwill Industries You can download an evaluation guide from the yellow box in the middle of this web page.
- Usedprice.com link contains Blue Book valuations for different categories of noncash donations from television sets and computers to guns, musical instruments, power tools and more.
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"Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands." -- As Judge Learned Hand stated in Helvering v. Gregory. 9 F.2d 809, 810 (2nd Cir.1934), aff'd 293 U.S. S. Ct. 266 (1935). (a US Supreme Court case!)
Stephen B. Jordan, EA is a full service tax firm specializing in supporting QuickBooks® users, individuals and growing businesses. If you or your company want to reduce taxes or optimize cash-flow, give us a call. We will give you our best people. Mr. Jordan is a tax expert and has a reputation for diligent and comprehensive preparation of individual and business returns to maximize your options. Mr. Jordan, owner and Enrolled Agent, in practice for over 30 years. Steve is an all around hard-working guy, family man and small business owner. Steve has an excellent attitude and extraordinary spirit. He has testified and deposed as an "expert witness" on accounting and tax issues at pre-trial hearings and in state Superior Court on behalf of his clients. He specializes in small business, individual, rentals, tax counseling and complicated returns. The firm focuses on individuals and entrepreneurs, while offering a level of personal and direct involvement to meet our clients' needs and business. We are accountants who think ahead so you can get ahead! We offer quality service at affordable rates to help you keep what you have worked to earn! In today's global economy, effective tax advice planning can give your business a competitive advantage. We offer a range of "tax services" which are designed to offer clients innovative tax planning. With the new economy developing rapidly, you and your business deserve high quality tax advice. We are committed to delivering this and surpassing your expectations.
The Taxman cometh...will you be ready? Have you just received a notice from the IRS? Do you need a Tax Professional? Enrolled Agent? Greater Salem area, serving individuals, and small businesses -- current and delinquent tax returns, IRS audit and collection representation, problem resolution, offers in compromise. Give me a call, 24/7, 365 days a year at 603/893-9336.
For most taxpayers, whether a business or individual, the chance of an IRS examination (audit) is about 1%. For a taxpayer earning over $1,000,000 per year, the odds exceed 8%. Less than 1% of S-corporations and partnerships filed are audited.
Odds of IRS audit increase dramatically when:
information is omitted
report high incomes
fail to file necessary schedules/forms
receive large refunds
deduct casualty losses
claim tax credits
report foreign bank accounts (or don't)
fail to report income reported to IRS by third parties (e.g. banks, brokers, 1099's)
high income with rental losses
currency transaction reports (CTR) (report of cash deposit more than $10,000) Form 8300 filed with IRS.
informants (e.g. disgruntled spouse or employee)
referrals from other federal or state agencies
For a list of common audit triggers...
We've been through several audits where the IRS has denied business deductions because of lack of receipts. You need 2 things to prove a deduction:
1. a receipt showing what was purchased, and
2. proof of payment, Without both, the IRS has denied.
For meals & entertainment (M&E) expense you need documentation to prove it was a necessary business expense. You should keep a receipt with the name of the person you met with and the nature of the business discussed (who, what, where, when & why).
- To back up gas expense you need to keep a mileage log. Another document the client should keep, (even if using the mileage method for automobile expense) are records of auto repairs. Auto repair bills have the odometer readings - this helps justify any mileage claimed. IRS will look to disallow auto mileage without backup receipts.
- The IRS will look to disallow any business expense debited on a bank statement without having the applicable back-up receipt.
Fun Little Tax Quiz on IRS Audit of Schedule C
Assume that you are one of the almost 4% who is going to have your Schedule C business expenses audited by the IRS.
You had the misfortune of being chosen through random selection (50% of audits are random selections; the other 50% are based on test scores).
The three lines that contain the expenses that the IRS is most likely to audit are:
1. Car & truck expenses on line 9,
1. Car & truck expenses on line 9,
2. Travel on line 24(a) and
3. Meals & Entertainment on line 24(b).
The reason the IRS targets these lines is simple: The law requires specific records for these expenses. If you don't have properly kept records, you get no deductions.
Car & Truck expenses: You must have a log that proves your business-mile percentage. Regardless of how you deduct your vehicle, you must have a supporting mileage log. IRS Pub 463 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Auto & Vehicle Standard Mileage Tables Courtesy: Small Business & Taxes Management™
• If you use the actual expense method, you need the mileage log.
• If you use the IRS standard mileage rate, you need the mileage log.
• In addition to the mileage log, if you are using the actual expense method, you must have a receipt for any car or truck expense.
• If you use an appointment book or calendar, save it along with your copy of the tax return. A mileage log can be reconstructed from those pages;
• Save vehicle repair receipts—they often contain the odometer reading, and total mileage for the year can be extrapolated if there is more than one receipt;
• Record your beginning and ending odometer reading in your appointment book on Jan. 1 and again on Dec. 31.
Travel expense during the travel, you need both:
- receipts for expenses, and
- entries for each business day saying where you were and listing your business reason(s) for being there that day
See IRS Pub 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses to determine what you can and can’t deduct and follow the rules.
Meals & Entertainment expense, including entertainment involving meals, you need to:
• record the name or names of the person(s) you entertained,
• record the business reason for the entertainment,
• record the place and type of entertainment, and
• Regardless of the system you use, make sure that you write down, on a timely basis, the answers to the documentation requirements. You may not record this information later. The law requires timely recording, which the IRS says is any time within one week.
Do you think, Bill & Melinda Gates, Microsoft® founder, are going to pay an extra $10 million on their tax return if they don't have to? They'd pay their tax advisor $2 million to get around it, and so should you!
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Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents (MaSEA) is an organization whose principal concern is the honest, intelligent and ethical representation of the financial position of taxpayers before governmental agencies.
National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) is a partner for all tax professionals in helping them achieve business success through education, resources, and other services pertinent to the tax preparation business.
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Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents :: Board of Directors :: December 2010
Robert "Bob" McKenzie, one of America's most knowledgeable tax lawyers in the IRS resolution field, with Steve at National Tax Practice Institute™ :: Arlington, VA :: July 1999 NTPI® Fellow ~ Tax resolution skills & knowledge
In Memory of Lloyd "Vann" Seawell II (Feb 09, 1930 – Jan 01, 2012) “Accountants don’t make mistakes, they make adjustments.” - Lloyd "Vann" Seawell II, Professor Emeritus of Accounting - Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
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(Write each of these down once a day, every day.)
My income increases every day whether I am working, sleeping or playing.
A part of all I earn is mine to keep.
My income now exceeds my expenses.
Every dollar I spend returns to me multiplied.
I deserve to be wealthy.
My job is my pipeline by which I tap into the infinite wealth of the US economy for my personal goals.
All my investments are profitable.
Part of my profits goes into permanent wealth, current expenses, capital and reserves.
I am a contribution; my services are valuable.
It is easy for me to save money; there is always enough.
Money now comes to me in unexpected ways for the good of all concerned.
People are happy to pay me.
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I now attract prosperous and competent people who want to do business with me.
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All my past failures have given me a tremendous personal advantage.
I get value from everything I do.
The more I support prosperity in others, the more they contribute to my financial success.
I can achieve great results efficiently and without struggle;
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Wealth comes easily to me.
"A problem defined, is a problem half solved." -- Albert Einstein
"Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. Man's greatest invention". -- Albert Einstein
"Only a fool holds anger in his bosom." -- Albert Einstein
"A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with crumbling walls." -- Proverbs 25:28
- "Save your money, pay your taxes, it doesn't last forever" -- WWE Hall of Famer - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
- Long live Pacioli! (1445–1517) Luca Pacioli, "Father of Accounting", one of the greatest men of the Renaissance, was an Italian mathematician, Franciscan friar, collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci, and seminal contributor to the field now known as accounting. Pacioli wrote and published Summa de Arithmetica (1494), a treatsie on Mathematics, Geomety, Proportion and Proportionality.
- Summa described double-entry accounting (Venetian Method), a new state-of-the-art system, which revolutionized economy and business. Summa was the most widely read mathematical work in all of Italy and became one of the first books published on the Gutenberg press.
- Summa is the oldest printed manual on double-entry bookkeeping, written by the Tuscan Franciscan Lucas Pacioli, a friend of Leonardo da Vinci. This elaborate mathematical manual was first printed in 1494. Pacioli writes that the three prerequisites for a successful businessman are:
- access to cash,
- skill in accounting, and
- keeping written records. Unless he obtains peace of mind this way, he will have endless worries.
Our country was founded in part on free enterprise and marketplace competition. We are strong supporters of capitalism; so our bias is in support of teaching people how they can use the tax laws in order to make and keep more money.
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