Jerry Jones CPA
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“Jerry has been completing my very complex tax returns for the past 10 years. He is an efficient, effective and highly competent CPA who returns great value for services performed. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking such expertise”.
Dennis F. Taxpayer

IRS Urges Taxpayers with High Income, Complex Returns to Check Withholding

The IRS urges high-income taxpayers and those with complex tax returns to complete a “paycheck checkup.” Doing so will help them see if they are having the correct amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks for the rest of this year. The IRS Withholding Calculator and Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, can help these taxpayers do their checkup. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed last year, brought many tax law changes. With that in mind, a checkup is important for taxpayers with high incomes and complex returns because they are often affected by more of these changes than someone with a simpler return.

Here’s How the IRS Contacts Taxpayers

Everyone should know how the IRS contacts taxpayers. This will help people avoid becoming a victim of scammers who pretend to be from the IRS with a goal of stealing personal information. 
Here are some facts about how the IRS communicates with taxpayers:

Taxpayers with expiring ITINs should take action now to avoid issues later

More than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers are set to expire at the end of 2018. Affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2019 must submit their renewal applications as soon as possible to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year.

Dos and Don’ts for Taxpayers Who Get a Letter from the IRS

Every year the IRS mails millions of letters to taxpayers for many reasons. Here are some tips and suggestions for taxpayers who receive one:

Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes specific instructions on what to do.

Don’t panic. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies do send letters by mail. Most of the time all the taxpayer needs to do is read the letter carefully and take the appropriate action. 

How Long Do I Keep Tax Return Files or Financial Statements Files?

This is a common question for CPA's — how long do I keep tax return files or financial statements files?  The answer is: usually for a period longer than most think.  Here are some thoughts on setting record retention periods and the reasons behind them.

The overarching principles in developing record retention guidelines and policies are disclosure, relevancy, and consistency.

Disclosure

Whatever record keeping protocol you use should be disclosed to clients in engagement letters, tax organizers, firm booklets or other writings sent to a client.  Those record retention guidelines must be followed until they are formally changed, for whatever reason.  This creates an appropriate expectation by the client of how long the records will be maintained and avoids unrealistic assumptions.  Upon a change to the policy another round of disclosure should be sent to the client with the changed record retention policy and a grace period to allow the client to pick up records that may be on the destruction list under the changed policy.

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