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Posts by Shelah Norman

Tip of the Hat

Tip of the Hat We may be a tax and accounting practice, but long before we fell in love with taxes, we were and are serious animal lovers. That is why it warmed our hearts to see this latest from the National Institute of Health. Read on…

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Social Welfare Groups Beware

The IRS is proposing new regulations for groups seeking 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. This designation was the focus of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigation of IRS handling of Tea Party-affiliated organizations seeking the preferable tax status. During subsequent congressional hearings, it was learned that more liberal, progressive groups also were targeted by IRS…

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Affordable Care and YouTube

The Internal Revenue Service announced the availability of several new YouTube videos to help taxpayers get important information about the Affordable Care Act and tax return filing. More information on the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act is available at, where viewers can also find Health Care Tax Tips.

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Reminder for Tax Year 2013

September 15 E-file deadline for filing  Partnerships, LLC’s, and all corporations on extension. October 15 E-file deadline for 1040 returns on extension Don’t be late. The penalties are not worth it…

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Taxes and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is a mindbender. In attempts to help the regular Joe and before we get to a full list of taxes, here is a quick overview of the key tax related provisions that may affect those without insurance, those who plan to go without insurance, and those who are struggling to afford…

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Ahhh, California

Here in California, the Bay Area specifically, we get the pleasure of knowing we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have it all. Nice, mild weather. Oceans, mountains, cities, wine country, shopping, restaurants, etc. But, as with most things, there is a cost. California is the LEAST tax friendly…

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Watch Out for Scammers

There has been a great deal about clients and friends getting phone calls from very official sounding people claiming they are the IRS. Beware that potential phone scam victims are told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time,…

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It doesn’t get any better…

It has been a good long while. Our intentions were good but the blogging just wasn’t happening. Now, we have decided to turn a new leaf! The MHR CPA blog is back. To start off our new-found exuberance, let me just say that I will be searching the internet (as well as old-fashioned print magazines)…

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New 1099 Rules

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We love a blog by Diane Kennedy at and she has a prediction of what is going to happen January 2012. The Internet will be clogged with “How do I do this?” type of questions about the new Form 1099 rules. And the answer will be, “You’re too late. Look for the penalty notice…

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On Keeping Good Financial Records

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Good financial records have never been more important It has never been more important that you make sure you have current and accurate financial statements and make sure you’re working with a professional who knows how to read them. The IRS is doubling its audit staff in an effort to raise money. The absolute best…

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Are You a Schedule C Filer?

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IRS Targets Schedule C Filers The Internal Revenue Service plans to check for unfiled tax returns and look for unreported income from sole proprietors of small businesses during correspondence audits. At WebCPA, their recent article details the recent change. New legislation Obama recently signed states that auditing staff of the IRS is tripling! For all…

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