Thoughts For The New Year
- December 31, 2011
- David Greene
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I hope everyone had a very nice Christmas holiday and I hope you are looking forward to a New Year filled with hope and promise. Of course the way to make those hopes and resolutions come true is to get out and make them happen. You’ll never get what you truly want by sitting around. You must take action! Since this is the start of the New Year, we are thinking about filing taxes. In that regard I want to remind you that in order to take charitable deductions for cash
contributions you must either have a bank record (canceled check), credit card receipt or a letter from the charity confirming your gift. On another tax note, the IRS has issued guidelines for choosing a tax return preparer. You should (1) avoid one who claims he can get a larger refund than other preparers, (2) beware preparers who guarantee results or base fees on percentage of refund, (3) avoid firms where your work will be delegated to someone with very little experience, (4) avoid firms that export returns to foreign countries for preparation and (5) try to use a firm that is affiliated with a professional organization that requires continuing education and holds preparers to a code of ethics. This is very good advice.