In this classic post I explain what “all those letters mean” including CPA. Many people use CPA as a generic term for accountant, bookkeeper, and tax professional. Let me assure you CPA is not a generic catch all and the CPA credential involves some heavy lifting to get and to maintain. This post from Powerful… Read More

I recently read that 95% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years due to either bad management, under capitalization, or some combination of the two. Tax issues for small business owners have the same roots. Bad record keeping is often a sign of bad management. Mileage is one of the most highly scrutinized… Read More

I mentioned in the last post and the one before that that during tax season we require a non-refundable deposit at the time of your intake appointment. Some of you may be wondering why we do that. The short answer is that one tax season I got burned by several “clients.” They came in during… Read More

Still shopping for a #taxpro? Give #TaxTherapy a call! Are you thinking of going from doing it yourself with box software to hiring someone to help you? Did your preparer from last year retire? Get indicted? Die? Hey! It happens! Right now we are still taking appointments for potential clients who are evaluating their options.… Read More

Are you ready?! We are. Reminder postcards for returning clients and new clients who onboarded over the summer and fall will be mailed tomorrow. On Monday, Cat will be here to start answering calls and e-mails and getting organizers delivered. The organizer contains our annual engagement letter, a copy of our privacy policy, and an… Read More

The IRS is opening e-filing for business returns soon and e-filing for individual returns will open a couple of weeks after that. Here at Tax Therapy we are about ready to open our season for new and existing clients. Existing clients will receive a reminder postcard and e-mail letting them know that they can call… Read More

And it’s a doozy! Every year Kelly Phillips Erb (a.k.a. The Tax Girl) posts a list on Forbes.com of the Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts. For 2020, I’m on it! Mostly this list is for tax professionals (nerds) rather than taxpayers but it is an honor to be included and as you can see,… Read More

  Next time you think a #taxpro “just puts numbers in boxes” consider this map. Now, there are some people who call themselves taxpros but who won’t help you once you are out of that first green box. Those are the ones who put numbers in boxes and disappear when you have a problem. Unenrolled… Read More

For most taxpayers once the balance due is paid or the refund comes in they stop thinking about taxes. This article provides a great explanation about why tax time is the worst time to ask the important questions or to try to find a new taxpro.┬áIn general, if the year holds “potentially taxable events” for… Read More

Remember this post about “quick questions”? What is true for tax return preparation is even more true for audit and collections representation. When you call the office because you have received an IRS notice (you are being audited, or levied, or your taxes have been adjusted) the solution to the issue raised in the notice… Read More