The Tax Savings Blog is moving toward podcast format

Posted Leave a commentPosted in self-employed, Small Business, Social Media, Tax Planning, technoogy

I’ve toyed with “multi-media” formats for several years, not really knowing what this term means, what my goals are, and how to make a plan to get there. The NJCPA offered their studio and produced a few segments and I’ve tried Facebook Live, YouTube and Vimeo. This week I’m moving forward with podcasting with more […]

Abusive tax shelter still alive for the ultra-rich

Posted Leave a commentPosted in IRS, Tax Planning, tax shelter

This past week an interesting Appeals decision from a Tax Court case in the 9th Circuit was published in an older tax matter of Altera Corporation and Subsidiaries vs. IRS. I must immediately qualify the use of the word “interesting”. By any common usage this is not an interesting topic. This is a tax shelter […]

Sample tax services engagement agreement

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Accounting, Tax Planning, Taxes

This is a sample high-value agreement for individual tax preparation services that incorporates cost-saving technologies and procedures to save time and money while maintaining a high level of professional service (revised July 22, 2018)  Contents: A) Communications B) Work Process C) Fees D) After End of Agreement E) Miscellaneous Provisions Thank you for choosing me […]

US Treasury to introduce IRS “sucker cards”

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that “Next week we will be unveiling the new 1040 and it will be a postcard as we promised.” After decades of moving Americans to a computerized online tax filing system the IRS is now reversing course and going back to promoting a physical post card based filing system […]

An overview of tax-free investments

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Investment, Tax Planning

Over the past few days I’ve spent time communicating with other financial writers online and skimming published articles on the topic of tax-free investments. In a world where most topics, especially most investment topics, are covered redundantly, it is surprising to learn that this topic has holes in media coverage and that much of the […]

Make small business payroll service pay for itself

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, payroll, Small Business, Tax Planning

Recently I published a series of short blog posts on the topic of payroll processing for small businesses. In summary, I’ve suggested that today’s automated payroll services are a fantastic value but that coördination and oversight by a small business compensation professional helps avoid problems and penalties that stem from miscommunication. I’ve suggested that the […]

Bigger isn’t better when it comes to tax advice

Posted Leave a commentPosted in IRS, Law firm, Tax Planning, Taxes

Small law firms and accounting firms sometimes feel ‘pushed out’ when it comes to a client’s largest transactions like the sale of a business or estate property. That’s usually not a good thing. “reliance on a promoter takes the good faith out of good-faith reliance.” – Tax Court Justice Holmes There’s a powerfully clear and simple […]

The battle to cut federal income taxes

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Many of my clients are facing higher federal income taxes this year as a result of the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that was passed by a slim minority of Republican lawmakers without the benefit of professional review that normally accompanies important fiscal social policy issues. While the law cuts taxes for most people, […]

Tax planning checklist for attorneys

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The purpose of tax planning is to reduce tax liability by taking measures that cost less than the benefits received. The tax planning process typically begins with an analysis of the taxes paid now or in the last period, then moves to a pro-forma calculation of taxes in the current and future periods. It is always […]