Noel B. Lorenzana, CPA

How Will the New Postcard Form 1040 Affect Your Taxes?

You may remember a lot of speculation and talk about a new simplified tax form that fits on a postcard. Like much of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that inspired the new Form 1040, the details are still being worked out. The IRS has released draft versions of the new forms for comment but they may still change before tax time. Based on what we’ve seen of the …

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Three Great Ways to Reduce Your Tax Bill

While some taxpayers play the game of questionable tax deductions, many more hesitate to take perfectly legitimate tax breaks because they don’t understand the tax code and are afraid it will trigger an audit. As long as you’ve kept good records and followed IRS guidelines, the possibility of an audit…

Do Your Books Need a Clean Up? Don’t Wait!

Whether you do your own books, have a bookkeeper on staff, or have an outside professional handle it for you, there is always a chance of errors. Data entry errors, missed entries, misclassification, or even a technical problem with your software can cause problems. (Case in point, QuickBooks Online has had a few such errors lately, resulting in duplicate entries that need to be excluded or deleted.) By themselves, these …

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Did Technology Just Replace my Accountant?

Accounting and tax software are getting more advanced. It’s amazing what these programs can do and there is a constant stream of new applications with new, added functions. It makes some people wonder if they even need an accountant…

Can Your Small Business Still Take Meals and Entertainment Deductions?

As part of President Trump’s tax reforms, meals and entertainment deductions are changing. These deductions have been very common for all sizes of businesses for years. Taking a client to lunch or out to an event to discuss a deal, bringing lunch in for employees, or feeding the team during an office party seem like business as usual. With the new…

Questions to Ask Tax Preparer

There are various types of tax return preparers, including certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, and many others who don’t have professional credentials. You expect your preparer to be skilled in tax preparation and to accurately file your income tax return.

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