How To Make More Money Through Continuing Education

As a tax professional, you know you’re required to take continuing education classes. License renewal requirements vary by state and all of them call for a certain number of technical study hours. The problem is, while those technical study hours may help you keep up to date on tax-related issues, very few (if any), actually help you make more money. I’m going to take a leap here and assume you didn’t start your tax practice simply because you love numbers and you think the IRS is all that. … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Legitimize Wacky Tax Deductions

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We’re sure you’re aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to do your taxes. But sometimes, tax deductions aren’t as “cut and dry” as they seem. Take, for instance, the junkyard owner who had a rodent problem. Instead of hiring an exterminator, he bought cat food and put it out to attract feral cats. The cats took care of his problem and he claimed the cost of cat food as a business expense. Or how about the taxpayer who tried to claim the cost of a daily sitter for his dog? It … [Read more...]

How To Answer The Not-So-Quick Estimated Tax Payments Question

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This month we’re focusing on answering some of the most common “quick questions” that clients asked. If you missed our previous posts in this series, you can find them here, here, and here. All caught up? Great! Let’s jump into our final quick question: “How much should I pay in estimated tax payments?” It may seem easy enough to take whatever your client paid last year, divide by 4, and turn that figure into your “estimated quarterly taxes" number. But before you do that, let’s back up just … [Read more...]

How To Conduct An Income Growth Strategy Session

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During tax season, most CPA’s put in at least 60 hours of work each week. They don't have the ability to look at growth opportunities for their clients at this time. It’s an exhausting few months filled with tight deadlines, anxious clients and more often than not, too few hours in the day to get everything on the to-do list done. It’s not uncommon for the clients your CPA networks manage to request help growing their wealth during tax season. After all, for many, this is when they take a … [Read more...]