For many of our clients, the only conversations that are more personal are the ones with their own doctors. We understand that while there are obvious financial aspects to our tax consulting and compliance, the difference we can make is fostering a relationship with our client that is proactive, service driven, and results focused.
We are told our unique approach to the personal side of business is what makes the difference. Many of our clients have been with the firm for 30 years—some over multiple generations.
Our firm offers a variety of planning and compliance services that help our client protect assets, pay their fair share of taxes, and preserve wealth for their progeny.
With the 2018 tax deadline rapidly approaching, taxpayers will face fraudulent attempts by scam artists using the April 15 deadline as a way to gain financial and personal information. These attempts are made through a wide range of elaborate schemes via a number of tactics - especially phone scams.
As tax season rages on, cyber criminals are targeting taxpayers with new scams. After a 60 percent jump in so-called phishing scams in 2018, the IRS is warning us to be extra vigilant this year. Hackers are using the advancements in technology to target taxpayers year-round but tax season is prime phishing season.
The IRS is requiring certain verification of identities during phone calls in an attempt to prevent tax fraud. Taxpayers and tax professionals must have the required verification in order for the IRS to answer questions regarding certain tax items. By law, the IRS telephone assistors will only speak with the taxpayer or the taxpayer's legally designated representative.
With the government shutdown over and the IRS reopened, what can be expected? Currently, the IRS has an estimated five million unanswered inquires that took place during the shutdown. Additionally, it is estimated that they have already received several million tax returns since the filing season started on January 28.
As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017, the new law grants a tax credit for 2018 and 2019 for employers that voluntarily offer paid family and medical leave.