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  2. Running a couple of days late this year.....I'm on "My ATX" page trying to get to where I can download software that I have paid for in full. When I go to click "Download" it disappears as does every other title I need. When I click on Home, it disappears as well. Anyone have a clue? Thanks! Cathy
  3. Sara, you are exactly right about the S-2 situation that in essence makes a single person with one job claim the second deduction. In fact, the W-4's originally came out with that error every since the Reagan tax cut days. Even with another major change with the W-4's, the S-2 problem still existed. Whenever I had a new single taxpayer with one job who would come in and want to know why he owed IRS, I knew exactly what went wrong! I was always able to warn the student taxpayers with one job not to ever claim S-2, and with the sit-down with each client prior to the Reagan tax cut year, it was as if I had prepared 2 returns for each client that year...and for one of each of those second returns I couldn't charge (should have but didn't). Fellow tax preparers said they were being fussed at for them owing at the end of the Reagan tax cut year. I shouldn't have wasted all of my time that year as it was a ho him year because all refunds had been planned. Didn't feel appreciated in other words! This is just another sweet talk from IRS to get us to do their work for them.....then do everything they can to cut our throats at tax time! Retirement time is looking better and better.
  4. The "Reject Error Report" that comes back to you to tell you why said return is rejected stated: "Thank you for using e-File." Well, that's nice and all, however, I need to know what the heck IND-162 means. IRS.gov doesn't know, goggle doesn't know....no-one seems to know! Anyone? Thanks! Cathy
  5. Cathy

    Twilight Zone

    Any minute I expect the Twilight Zone theme song to start blaring from my radio that's not turned on!! Just found another new present we were left with this year. Form 8990...instructions are only 11 pages long. This form is used in order to find out how much of the business interest expense that can be used as a deduction on Schedule E. 800 returns? Nah, no way!
  6. I'm sincere when I say this, there isn't any way possible 800 returns can be prepared by one person (even with a little bit of help from his wife).....no way in hell. cbslee, if you ever see him again, tell him you barely broke 1,000 this season...1,002 as a matter of fact! What's another couple of hundred returns...child's play. If I could do 800 returns in one season, I would hope I could make it not working the rest of the year....$200,000 should get me through with $$$$ to spare, pay taxes, and buy a really cool pair of to have on when I go visit the other work horse that prepared 800 returns. 800 returns with the new forms, idiotic scheme for the forms, a 300 page rules and regulations issued 1-30-19 or thereabouts....you really can't blame IRS as they only had a year to get that accomplished! 800 returns....no chance in......fill in the blank. Take care all, Cathy
  7. "Regardless of what the court says", there is more to that theory. The custodial parent can be setting her/him self up with Contempt of Court.charges if he/she claims the child when in violation of the order from the court. And if the other parent's preparer has been on the ball and got the custodial parent to sign Form 8332 through his client (before walking out of court is a good time to do it), IRS will honor that form and let the non-custodial parent claim the child. And no, IRS isn't honoring court documents (post 2008), they are simply honoring Form 8332. It took a while, but attorneys representing the non custodial parent are FINALLY seeing the importance of Form 8332.
  8. This is my 43rd year preparing tax returns and the worst year, to say the least! I have read conflicting things about the Extenders bill and thought it was all set and I was just waiting on directions from IRS as where to show the extended items that were needed on my clients returns. When researching IRS's website on the Extenders items, I get dizzy as it's click here, now here,...a couple more times then find myself at square one which was my original research quary. QBI....Am I the only one to admit that I feel brain dead when trying to decipher the regulations that keep on changing? I am literally at a complete loss on the whole issue! Ok.....it's out! There is an idiot amongst you! I feel better now! Maybe you can now see how intelligent you are and will have a wonderful day! Keep me in your thoughts and prayers (pleeeeeze)! Take care, Cathy
  9. Cred65, I agree with everyone about listening to your doc's orders. How quickly we forget the horrendous stress we go through during the season which will be on top of us before we know it! Take care, Cathy
  10. Cathy

    NT Storage

    That's why I love living in the "boonies". I have a yearly paper bonfire. Tried my shredder but too many staples. The fire is beautiful also especially when the weather cools down.
  11. MFJ couple (client for 25 years) just got a letter from IRS in regard to their Amended 1040X they filed (NOT)! IRS said they will either send them a refund or a bill. I called the number given in the letter and it's the same lady's voice who answers every IRS phone if you know what I mean. Anyway, they're not open today so we'll have to call back tomorrow. In the interim, have any of you had a similar circumstance? This particular client recently retired from their self employment and have been one of my best, if not the best client one could hope for. Insofar as either one of them filing an amended return, no way, no how! The return is under lock and key along with the other 24 returns I've done for them over the years. The more I think about this, the more I think it's got to be an error. The letter sent was a form letter. I'm willing to bet someone typed in the wrong form number. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks! Cathy
  12. UPDATE: A huge "THANK YOU" to John with ATX who just got my files restored!!!!!!!! If I had time, I would write a book about him, however, I'm so far behind because of my foolishness! Again, thank you, John! Take care, Cathy
  13. Thanks, Jack. You're about 5 minutes too late. I found the files and now I think I have deleted them. Thanks anyway!
  14. Well, it finally happened. I paid my $129 to Carbonite and had a warm and fuzzy feeling everything would be o'kay if my computer died....NOT!!!!!!! The power supply went out but rather than get a new power supply, I got a new computer....it was time. I had my hard drive put into an external drive and now need to get my 2017 clients' tax returns off of my hard drive and can't seem to locate them. I've heard they are hidden somewhere. Does anyone know the path? Thanks! Cathy P.S. IF ANY OF YOU USE CARBONITE AS A BACKUP FOR ATX, DON'T.....GET AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN ASAP!!!!!!!!
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