Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Smart Stops on the Web

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Smart Stops on the Web

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Strategies for Savings

CPAs and personal financial planners can enter this Web site through the back door to read guidance for clients on maximizing tax deductions such as travel and entertainment expenses and charitable contributions. Users also can find financial calculators, information on topics including annuities and mutual fund taxation, and due dates for filing tax returns and reporting tax information.

Fact or Fiction?

Tax advisers can look over the tax secrets and myths section of this e-stop on debunking falsehoods, such as the idea that not taking every possible deduction reduces a client's chances for an audit, as well as learn about little-known strategies such as how to get an annual early tax refund. The site features links to more than 80 itemized deductions and a free monthly newsletter.

Resources and lips

Tax specialist and author Gall Perry's online compilation of her column "Fun With Taxes" includes links to articles from the New York Times such as "Beating the Tuition Blues and Earning Some Tax Breaks" and her own writings--such as the article "IRS Throws Foul Ball Into All American Pastime." In addition, visitors can find daffy tax tips from the IRS and the Tax Preparation Tool Box, which includes an IRA calculator to determine eligibility or compare Roth IRAs with traditional ones to see their worth at retirement.

For Filing and More

In addition to free registration, links to state and federal tax forms and electronic filing options, tax preparers who visit this Web stop can click on the Tax Center link at the bottom of the home page to find a tax glossary, the e-document "Seven Tax Return Mistakes to Avoid," a W-4 calculator and a tax estimator.

Government Approved

Tax consultants and preparers with home-business-based clients can find tips here on tax breaks in compliance with congressional law, the tax code and tax court rulings such as "converting 'commuting miles' into tax-deductible business miles," the benefits of obtaining an employer identification number and deductions for donations. Users also can sign up for a free subscription to the newsletter Tax Tips You Can Bank On.


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