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When Should You File Your Tax Return?

January 7, 2014

IRS ReturnThe IRS announced that it would begin accepting individual tax returns (Forms 1040 and 1041) on January 31, 2014.  Business returns (Forms 1120, 1120S and 1065 ) will start being accepted on Jan 13, 2014.  Unincorporated businesses that report their income on Form 1040 Schedule C, Schedule E or Schedule F are not included as business returns so the January 31 date applies.

When is the best time to file your tax return?  There is a simple answer.  That depends.

Many people want to file their returns early to get their refund back as soon as possible.  That is one consideration.  If you have a simple return and really need the money this is probably a good strategy for you.  And yet there are other considerations.

The earlier you file your return, the more months the IRS has to decide if there is something that needs further explanation.  More months of exposure to IRS examination.

And the later you file, the more returns are already in the audit pipeline when yours arrives.  This may reduce your audit exposure (but no guarantees).  Many of our clients pay their tax when they file their extension on April 15 but wait until October 15 to file the actual return for this very reason.

Look at all your personal factors and then decide what is best for you.  If you have a question, contact a tax professional.


The Times They Are A-Changin’

October 14, 2013

trs80-spacersWhen I got my first hard drive, it was a massive 10 Mb.  Why would I need one that large?    I would never be able to fill it up.   And it was a huge price tag also (understanding that my first system, a Radio Shack TRS80 Model II, cost over $4,000 with 64K of memory, 2-500K 8 inch floppy drives and no hard drive.)

Last week, I purchased  a portable drive that is over 100,000 times larger than that first hard drive for less than $40 after rebate.  Boy have things changed in what seems like only a few years.

Then, of course, our “high tech games” consisted of Pong, Space Invaders and Star Trek.  It will be exciting to see what is in store for our tech future.

But no matter how advanced we get, the old computer adage will still apply.  GIGO.  Garbage In, Garbage Out.

And the other adage that junk will expand to fill the space available also applies.

Some things never change regardless of the technology.

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