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  1. Hi everyone! I can't thank you enough for all the help with this. I was able to get through the 3115 (insert proud smile) and now I'm working on the tax implications of their state taxes. Any NY preparers ever dealt with NY or RI regarding this form? I read that California requires approval before a change in accounting method but I haven't found any rules regarding NY or RI. btw, @Lion EA thank you for recommending that self study course. It was well worth the price.
  2. Thank you everyone for the advice and encouragement! I really, really appreciate it.
  3. I've never used that form, but read about it multiple times on this forum. Ugh, @Abby Normal every time you answer one of my posts I have to actually LEARN a whole new section of the code. Skeleton in the Closet: Would filing this form make the IRS go back and review what depreciation they actually took? Because if so, the Pandora's box that might open could be a disaster.
  4. New client looking to sell their rental. Over 20 years ago, the property was their primary residence for a short time. They put in over $100k in improvements during that time, then converted it to rental. So basis, $100k purchase price, $100k improvements. They only used their purchase price as the basis for depreciation and failed to include any of the capital improvements (Land value wasn't a blip on the radar). The depreciation taken over the years is a disaster of mistakes. Regardless of the depreciation they took, I still calculate the depreciation as it should have been calculated and report the gain and depreciation recapture off the correct calculations despite the fact they didn't get the benefit of the depreciation deductions. Here's my dilemma. As crazy as this sounds, it make more sense for her to ignore the improvements all together so the bulk of the gain gets the favorable capital gains rate rather than the depreciation recapture rate? Selling price is north of $600k so were looking at big gains here and their in a very large tax bracket already. Is there another tax strategy out there maybe that might help and do I/can I ignore all the improvements they made?
  5. Has anyone seen confirmation that owners are eligible for ERC? A bunch of my S-Corps are single owner corps and I haven't seen any guidance from the IRS that owners are definitely eligible. Only that relatives of owners are not. As I'm filing Q1 941s (and looking over 2020's previously filed 941s that were PPP borrowers) it's a lot of potential money for most of them.
  6. Wow, that's sounds AWFUL. During questionably the worst tax season EVER, I can only imagine your stress level.
  7. Just wanted to do a follow up to this. I've now been using TaxDome for nearly two months and it becomes more and more apparent how valuable it is. I love the internal messaging I have with clients, signature features, document approval, email sync. Clients seem to find it VERY easy to use. They have a cell phone app too so getting client documents scanned and sent to me has been a MUCH, MUCH faster turnover. I only had two clients that had issues and it's because they are business and personal clients and they didn't know how to toggle between accounts. Other than that, it's been VERY smooth sailing. In addition, I abandoned my DocuSign subscription in place of TaxDome's signature option. I like that I can decide which forms I need KBA and which I don't. I've probably only used 20% of a capability and I'm still this happy. I find I'm not scrabbling around nearly as much trying to find documents from client's in the 20 different communication vehicles I was using before. Instead, I put a link to the client portal on my website and point everyone there for document transfers. And clients are abiding by that most of the time. When they send me sensitive stuff via email (like their SS# ) I kindly remind them to please use the portal. I haven't had one client object. They constantly do updates based on user feedback. All in all, I am very happy with it and for $600 for the year, I really think it's a steal. I do recommend learning to use it when you actually have a little down time to do it. It was a bit overwhelming to navigate at first while knee deep in tax season. Hope the review helps!
  8. G2R

    "Thank You" Money

    Taxpayer reached out to the guy that gave her the money and today he replied, "I should have given you a 1099-NEC, but I didn't. You owe the SE tax." Now I'm wondering if I have an argument for filing it on a Sch C, and claiming QBID.
  9. G2R

    "Thank You" Money

    Well she lives in NY sooo.... her taxes are worse than VA. :( I've explained her options and she's decided on the conservative route, she's filing as if she got a 1099-NEC. Thanks everyone for the input.
  10. G2R

    "Thank You" Money

    I agree, I think it's a big red flag. I have documented my own discussions with my client and asked she forward all written communication she had with the guy to detail the history of the payment and also detail her timeline of assistance for him. All points you've made are spot on. It's why I'm struggling so much with the reporting. I doubt a gift return was filed. I struggle with my client being liable for all FICA when she didn't have a profit seeking motive or business structure of any kind. Clearly the guy did something wrong, but what is her obligation to correct it at her own expense (paying both ER & EE FICA)?
  11. I joke that 1/3 of my clients could walk by on the street and I'd have no clue. Aside from copies of their Driver's Licenses for some state return filers, I have no idea what they look like. I haven't actually seen a client in my office in 2 years. Covid protocols nixed those couple old-schoolers than liked to come in person so now I'm totally remote.
  12. I set up a question on my tax organizer that asks how much they got for EIP1 in April/May of 2020 & EIP2 in Dec2020/Jan 2021. Having the dates there as a reference seemed to help most remember to go back and check their bank statements for the amounts.
  13. Given the abundance of "we forgive you, you don't have to pay back the error" approaches Congress continues to pass in our tax code, does anyone think that the CTC advance payments will likely be forgiven anyway come 2022 tax season? I mean it's like a carbon copy of the APTC, and I've got a number of clients who are getting away with murder in that area. Just my Saturday morning thoughts...
  14. Weird situation (what else is new these days.) Client worked for a company. Covid hits and the company goes under. She is laid off. The company hires another company to wind down the company's affairs and collect whatever outstanding invoices they could from customers. My client offers to help in the collections. There is no discussion of pay, no employment or contractor agreement at all. She'd worked for company a long time and just wanted to help where she could after a sad ending to the company. She never expected to be paid anything. (Hand to God, she's a good, honest person. There's nothing nefarious going on.) After three months of helping, the guy in charge says, thank you so much for everything you did, we couldn't have done it without you. As a thank you, here's $50k! Fast forward to this tax season, as she's collecting her tax stuff, she calls the guy and asks if he's suppose to issue her a 1099. He says, "I'm not filing one, don't worry about it." So, what do I do? She sort of worked for him, but sort of didn't. Gift? Other income? NEC subject to SE tax?
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