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David W Ristau CPA

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    My office is in Hawaii and I travel to IL clients throughout the year.

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  1. I've not read anything beyond the limit is $300 per return, so same limit amount single, married joint or head of household. And that the deduction is only for cash type donations, not used goods to charity.
  2. Thank you all for your thoughts. AbbyNormal, thank you for making plan a fillable form. Very helpful and relatively easy to complete.
  3. ATX cut-off is 6 PM Eastern Time Zone on 12-22, 1 PM Hawaii time zone. Sad to me that they cut off so many days ahead of actual closure by IRS....
  4. Count my vote as skip the 1099 PDF attachment. I've been filing for at least 10 years using summary totals only, split into A-F category and by issuer. Never challenged, never questioned and save a lot of time on entries... I agree with Abby Normal: no one at IRS is pulling the returns for review.
  5. Current year paper documents received kept in locked file cabinet in alarmed office, scanned to PDF and returned to client with completed tax return. Long term documents all scanned to encrypted hard drive. No paper kept in office any longer after work completed, returns filed and client documents returned. All other paper documents, including junk mail, shredded daily. Easier to recycle micro-perf size shredded paper and all paper is totally unreadable or restorable once shred. SOP since 2006 when all then-stored paper files were scanned and shredded. Took six months to sc
  6. Seems to me that unless the parking lot slot is a ground level, dirt only spot, there is some sort of land improvement, i.e. concrete or asphalt, that has a cost or FMV with a known starting date, that should be accounted for and depreciated. I disagree with no depreciation concept.
  7. Here in Hawaii land values have far exceeded building values for several years on most older properties. I access the assessor's land values AND contact local realtors for comparable selling prices of vacant land. Most times between the two sources a reasonable allocation can be made, and reminder, a reasonable allocation is what's required in lieu of absolutes as far as income tax return filings. When land values exceed the combined purchase price of land and building, I research for a comparable building value and use a ratio to allocate value to building and land. Due diligence and clear wo
  8. Thank you all for your answers. Jack from Ohio, all I needed was the CA Lottery FEIN. I already had the Lottery's address, my client's address and the winning amount. CA FTB already knew the lottery winnings, so matching wasn't an issue. Client had already filed Federal and Hawaii 2014 returns and wasn't amending the Fed or HI returns. Lottery winnings didn't trip any Federal tax owed and winnings were from time period as CA resident. Best part of winning CA lottery is it's exempt from CA income tax if you're a resident, which my client was at the time. Lynn from Louisiana, I agree
  9. California Lottery FEIN Client received notice from CA FTB that he won lottery prize and didn't report it on 2014 CA tax return. Naturally client doesn't have the W2-G from 2014. Does anyone here happen to know the FEIN and legal name for reporting CA lottery winnings? If so, please post so I can enter and efile. I have been sitting on hold for 35 minutes with CA Lottery Commission waiting for customer service... Thanks!
  10. I tried to efile N-11 yesterday and received following reject message: "The'http://wwwirs.gov/efileSSN' element is invalid - The value '[My PTIN number]' is invalid according to its datatype 'http//wwwirs.gov/efile.SSNType' - The Pattern constraint failed. In other words... The XML data has failed schema validation. Field commonly associated with this error: 1 This is a Hawaii resident filing N-11 and MN non-resident return with Federal 1040 return. Federal and MN returns already accepted efile status. Posting a reply to you so you know you're not alon
  11. No Federal return to file, however, I agree with lynn EA in Louisiana, prudent to check state filing requirement, too.
  12. I use CrashPlan Pro and Backblaze. Both are easy to use and restore data. Have had great success for past 4 years using both.
  13. My policy for 20 years: "We follow a strict policy of non-disclosure: We do not directly disclose ANY information about you to ANYONE. ALL information related to you as our client is released only to you. Once any information leaves our office we have no control over the information and thus will not be able to guarantee your privacy or security. ANY verbal or written request from a client to release documents directly to a bank, mortgage company or your lawyer will not be honored. "
  14. I think you are referring to the easy to use template feature that ended with the 2011 ATX preparation package. With the move to the new program platform in 2012, the return template feature disappeared. As a work around, you could set up regular returns in the 2016 program and use the duplicate form feature to create a new return with starting forms in it. Depending on how you track your clients, either by name or client number, you should be able to come up with names that land at the top of the Returns directory. If you're using the "hide completed returns" feature, be sure to not check the
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