I’m told April 30th is Buddha’s birthday.
We thought about throwing a party, but he doesn’t seem like the sort to enjoy a big event that generates leftovers, and it seemed unlikely that he’d attend in person.
Now might be a good time to clean up the books for the first quarter of ’07. If there are any nagging problems, things that don’t quite look right, or things you just want reviewed, Andy Sara and Nedrah are currently “more available” than we were mid-March and mid-April. If you’ve felt neglected, let us visit you now.
We’re frequently told we are the “most
relaxed tax office” our
vendors have ever seen during tax season. We managed to file pretty much everyone
who had their materials together for us by Friday the 13th without yelling
at anyone, in spite of the delays our software caused. We do have some clients
who are on extension, but that seems to happen every year. Now our goal is
to finish those remaining returns up well before the extended due date of September
17th or October 15th.
Classes – "The 'S' Corporation," “Schedule C,” and Basic Payroll
Andy will be doing an hour long presentation on “Why I love the “S” Corporation” for the East Bay Association of Enrolled Agents on June 20th in Pleasanton. A link is available to the Bulletin at http://www.ebaea.org/
If you missed Andy’s “Preparing
your own Schedule C” class
at the Small Business Administration in SF, the next class is scheduled for
July 10th at 6 pm. Click on
http://www.sba.gov/localresources/district/ca/sf/index.html and go to the Events Calendar. This class covers basic business tax preparation and is intended for new business owners who want to know more about their own taxes.
conjunction with the IRS and EDD, Andy's going to be doing some Basic Payroll
seminars coming up in the near future. Andy will present part of a
day’s seminar in Vallejo May 9th (the afternoon segment) at the Solano
Employment Connection, 1440 Marin St 9am – 3 pm Reservations may be made
at 866 873-6083 for the Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar, or on line
If you’ve hired a new employee in California, here’s
a checklist, with links to the PDF forms you’ll need to gather from each
employee. You don’t mail the federal forms in; you DO mail in the DE-34
to California, and if your new employee claims more than 10 exemptions on the
us for more info.
If you have an employee with NO withholding, they may be eligible to receive “advance EIC.” Contact us or your payroll service if this happens, or if an employee asks you about it.
You should keep these forms for 4 years.
Well, published on the web. We have an article on Incorporating
I Incorporate?” posted to the Lafayette Chamber on-line Resources page
www.lafayettechamber.org/pages/resourcelibrary.htm. This is a brief overview of types of entities and where they are useful.
Refund Status – where’s my refund?
Paper filed Federal returns take up to six weeks, electronically filed returns take up to three weeks. (Amended return refunds take 8-12 weeks).
To check the status of your refund, the IRS
has an on-line service called “Where’s
My Refund?” at
or you can call 800 829-1954, but they want you to wait 4 weeks after you mail your return to call.
You’ll need your Social Security Number, filing status (MFJ, Single, etc) and the exact amount of the refund shown on your return. Of course, it will be down this week-end, but should work after that. They say you can “run a trace” if you don’t receive your refund within 28 days.
also has an on-line version at
you’ll need your SSN, Mailing address and the refund amount.