Ascend Accounting & Business Solutions

Ascend Accounting & Business Solutions

Ascend Accounting & Business Solutions, CPAs providing accounting, tax & consulting services to small/medium sized entities, their owners & individuals.

[01/19/20]   Life changes require a new W-4? Tired of increasing tax liabilities? Try out the improved IRS calculator!
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/improved-tax-withholding-estimator-helps-workers-target-the-refund-they-want-shows-how-to-fill-out-new-2020-w-4

[08/17/19]   As the school year begins, if you're an eligible educator (K-12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide for at least 900 hours a school year), you can deduct up to $250 of unreimbursed qualified trade/business expenses such as professional development, books, supplies, etc. Keep your receipts!

[07/30/19]   VA sales tax holiday this weekend, 8/2-8/4.
MD sales tax holiday, 8/11-8/17.
https://www.taxadmin.org/2019-sales-tax-holiday

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IRS Withholding Calculator | Internal Revenue Service

Did you owe more in taxes in 2018 than expected? Maybe you received a significantly less refund. Get in front of unexpected tax situations today with the #IRS withholding calculator at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator. Let's discuss your results and strategize to minimize potential tax liabilities before it's too late!

irs.gov Check your tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator, a tool that helps ensure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck.

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Tax Scams / Consumer Alerts | Internal Revenue Service

Tax scams happen year round! The 2 new ones involve SSN issue & a fake tax agency like Bureau of Tax enforcement. Visit #IRS for more info & sign up for alerts. Protect yourself & your personal information! https://t.co/uGaisWMGQv

irs.gov The IRS urges taxpayers not to fall victim to tax scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Simple Strategies To Help Anyone Improve Their Financial Literacy

There's always room for improvement! Here's some #financialliteracytips to help you better manage your budget & reach your #financial goals.

forbes.com Members of Forbes Finance Council offer tips for learning about and getting control over your personal finances.

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Simple Strategies To Help Anyone Improve Their Financial Literacy

There's always room for improvement! Here's some #financialliteracytips to help you better manage your budget & reach your #financial goals.

forbes.com Members of Forbes Finance Council offer tips for learning about and getting control over your personal finances.

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75 Years Ago, She Became the First African American Female CPA

Honoring CPAs of color, especially Mary T. Washington, that paved the way. Thank you all! #becauseofthemwecan

cpapracticeadvisor.com In 1939, when virtually no firms would hire African-Americans or females, let alone an African-American female, she began her own firm in a basement on the South Side of Chicago where she opened doors for future generations of African-American ...

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About Form 1040 | Internal Revenue Service

#HappyNewYear! Nothing says "out with the old & in with the new" like the new Form 1040! The TCJA changed many aspects for filing your 2018 #taxes. Be ready! Be informed! https://t.co/C6QIlmMX8v

irs.gov Information about Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, including recent updates, related forms and instructions on how to file. Form 1040 is used by citizens or residents of the United States to file an annual income tax return.

[12/25/18]   Wishing you and yours the best of the holiday season and a prosperous new year!

[11/11/18]   Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service!

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Get 2019 health coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace

Marketplace open enrollment starts this week; 11/1/18 - 12/15/18. Visit healthcare.gov to review 2019 plan options.

healthcare.gov Official site of Affordable Care Act. Enroll now for 2019 coverage. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how law affects you.

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Tax Relief in Disaster Situations | Internal Revenue Service

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations

irs.gov Find information on the most recent tax relief provisions for taxpayers affected by disaster situations.

unclaimed.org

Search for and claim forgotten money that may be due you from the official government agencies.

Do you want to know if you have unclaimed money/property, wages, life insurance, taxes, etc? Check the states you have lived in at https://www.unclaimed.org/. Let us know if anything turns up in your favor!

unclaimed.org Common forms of unclaimed property include savings and checking accounts, stocks, dividends, uncashed payroll checks, life insurance policies & premium refunds, utility security deposits, mineral royalties, and contents of safe deposit boxes...

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Unclaimed Money from the Government | USAGov

Do you want to know if you have unclaimed money/property, wages, taxes, life insurance, etc? Check the states you have lived in at https://www.unclaimed.org/. Happy Claiming! Let us know if anything turns up in your favor!

usa.gov Find unclaimed funds held by the government that might be owed to you.

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IR-2018-197: IRS to highlight tax reform changes affecting small businesses; Small business owners, self-employed should plan now for new changes

Small businesses need to plan for new tax law changes effective 1/1/18

content.govdelivery.com IRS to highlight tax reform changes affecting small businesses; Small business owners, self-employed should plan now for new changes

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Ascend Acctg Biz Sol on Twitter

https://twitter.com/Ascend_CPA/status/1049852175088869381?s=19

twitter.com “Last day to file your taxes & register to vote in Virginia is 10/15/18! Check your registration status here: https://t.co/vYVzzlZnHV”

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Ascend Acctg Biz Sol on Twitter

https://twitter.com/Ascend_CPA/status/1046944003906834432?s=19

twitter.com “1st day of last quarter of the year, you may still have some time to correct your withholding for 2018! Do a #PaycheckCheckup and check that you have the right tax withheld. https://t.co/5xCAB2Wb1E”

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Looking forward to this event!

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Taxpayer Bill of Rights | Internal Revenue Service

Did you know taxpayers have rights when interacting with the IRS? Know your taxpayer rights! https://www.irs.gov/taxpayer-bill-of-rights

irs.gov Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them. The Right to Be InformedThe Right to Quality ServiceThe Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of TaxThe Right to Challenge the IR...

[09/14/18]   Third quarter estimated tax payment due Sept. 17

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Ascend Acctg Biz Sol on Twitter

https://twitter.com/Ascend_CPA/status/1029408477528162304?s=19

twitter.com “The Tax Cut & Jobs Act enacted in December made some significant changes to the tax law that may have an impact on high-income/complex tax returns. Call today, don't wait til 4/15/19 to prepare!”

[07/25/18]   Get ready for your sales tax holidays! VA is 8/3-8/5 (https://t.co/SUXgZiYDfZ) & MD is 8/12-8/18 (https://t.co/7hAq3suune)

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Ascend Acctg Biz Sol on Twitter

twitter.com “Your initial contact with the IRS will never be via a phone call! They will not ask you to pay taxes on a gift card or apple iTunes card. Please beware of these scams!”

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Ascend Acctg Biz Sol on Twitter

What is this 20% deduction on pass-thru income?

twitter.com “Contact @Ascend_CPA today to understand how you can get a 20% deduction on qualified business income from pass-thru entities!”

The New IRS Form 1040 -- 5 Things You Need to Know -- The Motley Fool

fool.com The IRS recently released a draft of its new Form 1040 that every American taxpayer will use to file their 2018 tax returns early next year. And as expected, the new form is significantly different than the one it replaces. With that in mind, here are the five most important takeaways from the newly...

[04/18/18]   News Alert: IRS to extend tax deadline by one day after agency’s Tax Day technology collapse

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When It's Safe to Shred Your Tax Records

Not sure when, what tax info to shred? Here's some good guidance from Kiplinger.

kiplinger.com Many records are no longer needed three years after filing your tax return, but you may have to keep documents involving the purchase of a house or investments for years longer.

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1 in 5 Americans are making a terrible 401(k) mistake

"The maximum contribution level your employer is willing to match should be the bare minimum you choose to put into your 401(k)." Not only are you boosting your retirement nest egg, you are effectively reducing your taxable income when contributing pre-tax dollars. #InvestInYourFuture #LowerTaxes

money.cnn.com If you aren't doing this one thing, you could cost yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars.

[01/30/18]   Happy Tax Season! Today kicks off the filing season of your 2017 taxes which are due on 4/18/2018! Reminder: If you claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or the additional child tax credit (ACTC) on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until at least February 15 — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. After you file your return, the best way to track your refund is Where's My Refund at https://www.irs.gov/refunds.
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Northern Virginia’s Children’s Science Center finds permanent home in Loudoun

Nice article on @Children's Science Center
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/northern-virginias-childrens-science-center-finds-permanent-home-in-loudoun/2017/07/07/6b771eae-6318-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.0e68b36347b1

washingtonpost.com Fundraising is underway for a larger space to house the hands-on educational museum.

[05/04/17]   It's not too late to start planning for the next tax season!

[04/04/17]   Tuesday, April 18, 2017 is Tax Day! If you aren't ready, file a 6 month extension; however, an extension to file is not considered an extension to pay. Also, any FAFSA folks, the sooner you file, the sooner you can transmit data to the respective college(s). Ping me separately if you need services!

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It's tax season: Be Careful of Scams! Use extreme caution when conducting tax transactions online. The IRS has released info about an ongoing W-2 scam (https://www.irs.gov/uac/dangerous-w-2-phishing-scam-evolving-targeting-schools-restaurants-hospitals-tribal-groups-and-others). For other information, visit www.irs.gov.

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[11/22/16]   NEW DUE DATES in 2017! W-2s-due to SSA by 1/31/17 & 1099s w/box 7 (non EE comp)-due to IRS due by 1/31/17; both regardless efile or paper file. Partnership tax returns (Form 1065) due March 15th (or 2 1/2 months after the close of its tax year). C Corp tax returns (Form 1120) due April 15th (or the 15th day of the 4th month after the close of its tax year). Nonprofit extensions change from 2 3 month extensions to 1 6 month extension.

Please remember that the IRS does not make phone calls!

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