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  1. When I applied as an E.A. in 1984, we didn't need the fingerprints. I think that all of us "old timers" were grandfathered in when the started fingerprinting later on. They did do a background check though.
  2. I've got my returns back to 1970. I also have my father's returns and record pages back into the 1940's. I must be one of the ______ retentive people.
  3. We've had an issue in our area with ID theft involving 16 year old dependents. Several of our clients' children have had rejects due to a prior return being filed using their SS#. None of these dependents had filed a return ever and they are all 16 years old. My theory is some kind of hack into the Secretary of State's database of new drivers, but that is just an educated guess. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just my paranoia?
  4. The check was mailed just 3 days ago. I doubt that IRS has even open the envelope yet.
  5. A client just called me and reported that their bank statement showed a pending electronic withdrawal from their account for the balance due on their return. The problem is that I did not set the transaction up on the return. They have already sent a check and voucher as payment. The amount shown on the statement is correct. I don't even have their account information on file. How would this be possible? I'm at a loss on this one.
  6. The qualification for farming is the production for food or fiber. Cats would only qualify if you are making kitty wool sweaters or supplying a weird BBQ joint.
  7. I just checked 4 returns that were waiting on this and they were ready to file. I think that Drake got it on the update this morning. I haven't tried ATX yet.
  8. She's still his step-daughter. The only relationship that ends at divorce is between the spouses. You're even still related to your in-laws. ( I had a student get depressed when I told a class that fact !)
  9. This isn't just transposing numbers. The SS# on the W-2 is nowhere near the TP,s or his late wife.
  10. He came to us for tax prep. He had filed on his own for 2019 when his wife died. The file wasn't available for roll over, so the preparer used the information from the W-2. He hadn't noticed the SS# in the W-2 until the latter came from Austin. The address, DOB, etc are all accurate. Just the SS# is wrong. We filed the return and it was accepted immediately. I've advised the client to contact the employer. They are out of state, so don't know how that will go.
  11. This is one that I haven't dealt with for a long time. Client filed 2020 return using the SS# from a W-2 that he had. The return was e-filed and accepted by IRS. He just received an identity verification letter which I have instructed him to respond toby phone at once. I have 2 questions about this. First, as the SS# used on the return was not even remotely close to his number, why did IRS accept the return ? Usually this would cause a reject on filing, but it didn't. This makes me nervous about the possibility of TP using 2 different numbers, or someone using his info to get a number. Second, do I file a 1040X to zero out the original return and then file under the correct number, or is there another way to deal with this ?
  12. I'm having a problem with the ATX 2020 tax program. If i try to check the "news" button for new messages, I get the "this program has encountered an error and needs to Close" message. It then closes no matter what i do. This only happens on one computer and the other years have no problem. Any ideas?
  13. The business was open and available in March. It had to close down due to the Covid shutdowns. They deal with parties and other gatherings which did not happen in 2020. They are doing some business this year.
  14. Thanks Lynn. I had a mental block on this.
  15. I've just been given a partnership return for a new business that started in 2020. Because of Covid, they were unable to do any business in 2020. They have expenses such as rent and utilities, but no revenue. They do have revenue in 2021. Do i need to file a return for 2020, or should I write off the expenses as start-up costs and amortize starting in 2021 ? I've not encountered this situation before.
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