Emma Thompson’s Misguided Tax Protest

Emma Thompson's Misguided Tax Protest
This weekend I saw a bit of news from across the pond that made me chuckle. Emma Thompson’s husband, Greg Wise, stated that he wants “to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax.” He notes that “Em’s on board” with this, demonstrating the necessary spousal approval before jumping into a bed of illegal activity. That part ...

Do Most Americans Support Obama’s Tax Hike?

Do Most Americans Support Obama's Tax Hike?
A couple weeks back I wrote about President Obama’s proposed tax plan, rolled out shortly after his State of the Union address. Now, right on cue, we’re getting the polling data on the plan. All it takes is a quick Google search and an aversion to reading past the headline to get what the media’s take on the ...

What Kind of Tax Bill Will This Year’s Oscar Gift Bag Generate?

What Kind of Tax Bill Will This Year's Oscar Gift Bag Generate?
Ah, the Oscars. Hollywood navel gazing at it’s finest. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a bunch of films nobody wants to see. A guaranteed road to all the best roles the industry has to offer, portraying important literary and historical figures like . . . um, OJ Simpson? Yeah. Anyway. Let’s get to ...

How To Handle an IRS Notice

How To Handle an IRS Notice
I’ve been reading Game of Thrones recently, and one of the sayings that keeps showing up is “dark wings dark words,” which is to say that carrier ravens (because carrier pigeons don’t have enough death to them for George R. R. Martin) always bring bad news. Considering the symbol attached to the corner of every ...

Will We Soon Be Paying Taxes in Bitcoins?

Will We Soon Be Paying Taxes in Bitcoins?
Have you ever started using something superfluous just because you could, only to realized that, hey, this thing is actually pretty good? I have a couple pieces of software like that, photography drones are moving that way, and that pretty much sums up my thoughts on Bitcoin. While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining popularity based on the ...

5 Surefire Ways To Get An IRS Notice

5 Surefire Ways To Get An IRS Notice
Remember the days when letters meant a hand written, heartfelt note from a dear friend? I don’t either. It’s been years since I’ve gotten anything other than junk mail or inexplicable medical bills. But every now and then, something truly horrific makes it was into the mailbox: The dreaded IRS Notice. I’ve seen plenty of ...

Website Back Up

Website Back Up
Yay for server issues! I just switched hosts, making extra sure that the website was never down. I mean, it’s tax season, it’s the best time for a tax site to be up, right? Well, I made one mistake. When I switched hosts, they asked me to cover the domain renewal fees. The domain expired that ...

Will You Be Victim To This Round of Tax Scams?

Will You Be Victim To This Round of Tax Scams?
Imagine this: your Federal Tax return is all done, and TurboTax is telling you that Uncle Sam will finally pay you back that $1,000 be borrowed last year. You press send, download IRS2Go to track your refund, and wait anxiously for the money to drop in your bank account. After a couple weeks with no refund, you ...

IRS2Go – This IRS App is a Game changer, folks!

IRS2Go - This IRS App is a Game changer, folks!
I’ve dreamed for years that the IRS could always be with me in my pocket. Well, they were nightmares, actually, but that’s besides the point. The important issue is that those dreams have come true, with the new and improved IRS2Go app! To quote the app listing page, downloading this app will connect you “with ...

What I Use For Free Tax Filing – 2014

What I Use For Free Tax Filing - 2014
Every year, I get a few questions about what kind of software I use for my personal tax return. I’m a CPA, so I must use something pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, no. When I was at Grant Thornton, we used GoSystem, a crazy complex tax return system that managed to cover nearly every tax item ...