ANOTHER TAX SEASON IS ALMOST OVER!
BUT - I will continue working this coming week from Israel. I have plans to get as many returns done as possible. Technically, the filing deadline this year is Tuesday, April 18 since April 15 is on a Saturday and Monday is a holiday in Washington, DC. The office will be closed for several days for the Passover holiday anyway (April 10, 11, 12, 17, and 18). I will be logging in from Israel to finish returns, file extensions, and deal with any last minute emergencies. My assistant, Tova, will be in on Sunday, April 9, from 9 -12; all day Thursday, April 13; most of Friday, April 14 until about 4 PM; and maybe on Sunday, April 16. Her ability to deal with "situations" will be limited, but I will be available to speak or write to (sorry for ending with a preposition).
While I am in Israel, I can be reached on my US phone number: 617-208-3776. It rings to my computer. If I am there, I will answer. If I am not at the computer, you can leave a voice message that gets e-mailed to me so I can listen to it wherever I am, although I may not be able to respond right away. The best way to communicate is via e-mail which I see on my phone. I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
I will be back on the morning of June 6, 2017. If you are hoping to meet with me in June or later, we can make appointments over e-mail. Just write to me and give me choices. Or I'll call you. There is so much that can be done electronically these days, it doesn't really matter where I am.
Here is some new stuff and some of what I have written in the past:
You either came here to find the phone number or address; or to check me out because someone referred you to me; or because you know this site is very entertaining. Whatever the reason, it's nice to have you here. Now, make an appointment or send us your stuff so we can prepare your return with the utmost care and alacrity (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=alacrity).
A new source of aggravation this year is the Earned Income Credit. The tax preparer due diligence requirements are beyond belief, especially when you consider that the type of taxpayer affected by the Earned Income Credit is a low income person who is probably not going to a high-cost professional preparer. That is why there is so much abuse in this area since unethical preparers take advantage of these people and create undeserved refunds which they split with the taxpayer or even keep for themselves. You can read about it here in case you need a reminder as to why you didn't join this profession: https://www.eitc.irs.gov/Tax-Preparer-Toolkit/dd/lawandregs
A continuing PITA this year is the health insurance stuff. I hope you are prepared with the right documents and answers.
We continue to be sensitive to the foreign bank account issue. If you ever in your life thought about having a foreign bank account, you must disclose that information to the IRS and the Department of Treasury on two separate forms, each of which involves severe penalties for lying or thinking bad thoughts. It's almost that bad. But if you have a foreign bank account or signature authority over a foreign bank account or a foreign retirement account or property in a foreign country, you had better be prepared to report the assets or be subject to some serious penalties. And these guys don't fool around.
Another hot topic again this year is the phone scam. People get phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS, threatening to have you deported, beheaded or locked in a room with Hillary explaining why the Electoral College was a bad idea. THESE ARE SCAMS. They DO actually threaten to ruin your credit, have you arrested and other bad things if you don't pay by some sort of wire transfer or prepaid debit cards in the next few hours. THESE ARE SCAMS. You can read about them here: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
But PLEASE keep in mind: The IRS will NEVER call you like that. They ALWAYS start with letters - lots of them - and give you plenty of opportunity to call and discuss your issue, DO NOT call me and yell at me because the IRS is harassing you. It is NOT the IRS. I, myself, have gotten these phone calls. DO please call me or e-mail me and tell me about it, but DO NOT respond to a phone call or an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS. IT'S A SCAM.
Those are some of the hot issues and topics. We look forward to servicing you (again?) this year. Keep in touch.
In general, it is not a good idea to send documents via regular e-mail, especially documents containing personal data such as social security numbers and account numbers. Therefore, we have contracted with a secure web portal provider to both send and receive stuff. Please click on the following link and follow the directions:
For those of you who are new to me or just shopping around, please note that my minimum charge for a personal return is $300; for an entity return the minimum is $500. All rules have exceptions of course - except for this one (huh?).
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