September 15, 2012
Reliance on tax preparation software is no defense against an IRS penalty, the Tax Court says. Although a filer used the TurboTax program to do her return, she made several mistakes, and IRS assessed a 20% penalty because the deficiency was more than $5,000. She argued that she should not be liable for the penalty because she used tax software, but the Court said no (Bartlett, TC Memo. 2012-254). The errors were caused by her faulty input, not by a mistake in the tax program. In the Court’s view, tax software is only as good as the information entered into it.
This tax season is an important one for many business owners because it’s the first that will be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). How big of an impact is dependent on your unique situation. We’ve compiled this short list of provisions that may affect the business community:
According to Forbes.com, Super Bowl viewers traditionally load up on millions of pounds of less-than-healthy foods during the big game—including ribs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, nuts, popcorn and bacon—all washed down with beer (the Super Bowl beverage of choice). If you are trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat better, consider a few healthy substitutes for the traditional Super Bowl eats:
The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.