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Everything posted by cbslee

  1. I agree, 3 years ago i terminated two long term clients who were legally separated at 12/31, when i discovered one spouse was not truthful. I mailed them each a letter along with their tax documents saying that I could not prepare their tax returns due to a "conflict of interest."
  2. Interesting discussion. It's a balancing act between due diligence and getting the return out the door with the least amount of work possible
  3. I didn't use to have an engagement letter either but I have always had a tax organizer, which some clients filled out and other clients made a half hearted attempt. Lesson learned, now I insist that every client sign the engagement letter and complete the tax organizer. This year I handed back two client's tax organizer and all their tax documents and told them to come back when their tax organizer was complete. Last year I filed MFJ for a divorcing couple who were longtime business clients for 30 years. Big mistake, in the future I will always file MFS in this situation!
  4. He's in the infotainment business to make money for himself
  5. It's not well publicized but most of the data management, all of the computer programming and system engineering functions are performed by third parties under contract. Consulting firms like Accenture, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft and ID.me.
  6. Yes they have been going after the low hanging fruit because it's easy picking. The average taxpayer can't afford or usually doesn't retain competent representation. Going after the wealthy tax cheats requires experienced IRS Agents. The wealthy make political contributions and have some clout with our elected representatives. That's not the way it's supposed to work, but the wealthy have power and the average taxpayer doesn't.
  7. How would you report the W 2 wages on the 1065?
  8. If they obtained an EIN, won't the IRS be expecting a Form 1065?
  9. Sometimes failure reinforces the process of learning lessons. This happened several times with my clients before you could efile amendments.
  10. Lion and kathyc2 It's kinda ironic since you both imply that anyone who disagrees with you is an idiot.
  11. IRS expands use of chatbots to help answer questions on key notices: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-expands-use-of-chatbots-to-help-answer-questions-on-key-notices-expands-on-technology-thats-served-13-million-taxpayers Frankly, I don't like chatbots. A few days ago I was stuck with a Comcast chatbot in a circular loop going nowhere.
  12. This year I have also discovered that the IRS AUR units that process a taxpayer's response to CP2000s are backed up at least 90 days.
  13. That and the thousands of employees shifted to answering the phones .
  14. Be careful, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Most clients have preconceived notions which aren't always accurate. Also, certain situations can be significantly more complicated than you might expect. Because of these minefields I don't give specific advice, I speak about issues to be considered. Clients wanting specific advice probably should be referred to Certified Financial Planners.
  15. I had two clients who dabbled in cryptocurrency back in 2021, but fortunately they both closed out their investments
  16. "Statistics from the AICPA suggest that 75 percent of current CPAs will retire in the next 15 years, leaving a huge vacuum in the industry." The outsourcing of accounting tasks to countries like India and The Phillipines will accelerate combined with AI enhancements.
  17. In theory, what you are saying is possible, but aren't you kinda exaggerating?
  18. "The Federal Trade Commission says five large tax preparation companies could face civil penalties if they use or disclose data collected for tax prep for such unrelated purposes as advertising without getting the consumers' consent first. The five firms are H&R Block, Intuit, TaxAct, TaxSlayer and The Lampo Group LLC, d.b.a. Ramsey Solutions."
  19. Tax Implications of a Farmland Lease: https://www.calt.iastate.edu/article/tax-implications-farmland-lease
  20. "Use the table below to determine the general time frame when you can request a transcript for a current year Form 1040 return filed on or before the April due date. Availability varies based on the method you used to file your return and whether you have a refund or balance due. Note: If you made estimated tax payments and/or applied your over payment from a prior year tax return to your current year tax return, you can request a tax account transcript to confirm these payments or credits a few weeks after the beginning of the calendar year prior to filing your current year return. " https://www.irs.gov/individuals/transcript-availability https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript-faqs Does any of this explain your client's situations?
  21. In his situation there was no raffle ticket purchased. The grocery store used a random number generator at the moment the customer paid for their groceries. I shopped at one of these stores for my groceries and won $5 several times So was this a gift or?
  22. Years ago I had a client who shopped at a grocery store where by buying groceries you were entered in a chance to win prizes. She won $3,000 and had to give Fred Meyer her name, address, and SSN which they used to issue a 1099 for her winnings.
  23. "You can't take an income tax charitable contribution deduction for an item of clothing unless it is in good used condition or better. An item of clothing that is not in good used condition or better for which you claim an income tax charitable contribution deduction of more than $500 requires a qualified appraisal and a completed Form 8283. See Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items, later."
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