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  1. This sounds to me like installment sale; read the rules on installment sales. There can be different types of gain. Depreciation recapture (ordinary income) is taxed in the year of sale (even if there was less cash paid than depr recap'd, which can be nasty). You'll need to calculate gross profit percentages and capital gain deferrals.
  2. NATP has webinars. That's the one that comes to mind off-hand. I agree completely that if you purchase an "unlimited" package, that you should be able to see ALL courses that are available, with no extra work on your part. I can see hiding courses for limited packages, or hiding courses that are, say, 12 hrs, when you buy an 8 hr package (even then, it's a chance to up-sell, so it's dumb to hide them). Or hide courses that are Nevada-specific if you're in Georgia (and even then, maybe you have NV clients!). Unacceptable. Personally, I would complain to someone high up, and tell them they just LOST a customer, and that you'll be spreading the word to colleagues to avoid them. You can then decide whether to give them another chance when they offer to extend your unlimited package for 6 months or a year.
  3. I hope that isn't chocolate for the weiner dogs! Chocolate is poison to them. Perhaps they are having hot cider, instead.
  4. My first thought, on seeing the topic and intro, was joy to hear from Kerry/Monkeyman and to hear about William Tasker. That quickly turned to sorrow on hearing the sad news. He was a wonderful man, and has been greatly missed by us ATX users. Now he will be even more missed. Thank you, Kerry, for letting us know the news. And pop in here from time to time yourself, and say hello. We have happy memories of you, as well, and you should know we stand as your friends still.
  5. If her motive is profit, my answer would be yes. I successfully got a "no change" on a partnership audit, because of years of regular losses. They partners ARE in it for a profit motive. They're just really bad business-people. That first part IS in the IRS regs, and the second part is NOT. I think the main part of my argument was simply that incompetence does not preclude profit motive, and was able to show that motive as well as (futile) steps taken to improve. That's a long-winded way of stating the simple fact that several years of losses does not, prima facie, constitute lack of profit motive. If, however, she still skates professionally "because she loves it" and would do so even if never paid, then you have a hobby. If she is working on her standing to open a school, then you're in a gray area; does she have profit motive for what she is doing currently?
  6. You're missing one GIF of hot cocoa.
  7. First is kinda true. Second is true. Third is *dangerously* false! Use Form 982 to show insolvency**. What is really nasty is when the companies delay long enough on sending those 1099-Cs that the taxpayer is no longer insolvent, and then they have a tax problem. **I always show corrections to income leaving $1 taxable income; that way the detail pages transmit. That may not be the case with Form 982; it's been a while. That may be a paper-file only form, in which case the IRS will indeed have all the detail pages. Whether they notice/pay attention... that's another story!
  8. Drake said they want all individual returns by - iirc - 6pm that day.
  9. And a lot of times, those QDRO assets get split and re-titled - in which case, the ex will get her own 1099-R and your client's has none of the ex's distribution. Or, shouldn't have.
  10. Hah! They won't. Then they'll expect us to "fix" the mismatch letters. And probably SSA reporting, too - 'cuz somehow it will be "our" fault. Example: my church gave employees six weeks' notice to double check their addresses (all seven of them). AND the church secretary reminded people at staff meetings at least THREE times. Of the two people who moved that year, ONE checked - and told the new address AFTER the deadline but at least before we mailed W2s. The other's was returned to the church office; forwarding time expired. You can't fix clueless.
  11. And I have a 2013 Suzuki SX4 with all wheel drive and a 6-speed manual. I *love* my manual transmission, and am going to fight tooth and nail to stick with them! If only cars around here lasted like they do in states where the roads are not covered with salt spray half the year.
  12. Here in Mass, if we give a client something that, if they lose it, can expose their ssn's etc, *we* can get in trouble. Even if I mask ssn's on the returns, the pdf of the source docs (mostly) has ssn's all over the place. I kinds hate all the masking, frankly. One year we caught an erroneous W2 (ssn was wrong) only *because* we could see it. Couple other, similar, instances over the years. We'd never catch anything like those again, with all the ssn's masked on everything.
  13. We have been giving CDs with password-protected pdf's for some years now. What we are finding is that newer computers, for the most part, no longer come with optical drives! So we are slowly weaning clients into paper copies in person (or by US Mail) with digital copies (still pw-protected) via our file portal. I'm too cheap to buy that many thumb drives. CDs are different - by standard ones, by the 25 or 50 pack, with paper sleeves, and it's only five or six cents per client.
  14. CPaperless has "Signature Flow" that does e-signatures. The only fee to you is per-signature, unlike many services that charge monthly. Since we only do ...maybe a dozen? e-sigs per year, a hefty monthly fee would be prohibitive for us.
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