Information has come out of Governor Greg Abbott’s office about tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey and for first responders working in the affected counties. Business tax return filing extensions:                                                              The Texas Comptroller of Accounts may grant an extension of up to 90 days to a business  affected by a declared disaster. The comptroller manages requests on a case-by-case basis.  Taxpayers may call the tax assistance line at 800-252-5555 to request an extension or to obtain  more information. ​ ​ Hotel taxes:  ​ Texas is granting state and local hotel occupancy tax waivers for evacuees and relief workers.  The waiver period runs from August 23rd and September 6th, 2017. The waiver specifically  applies to individuals with a home address in a county mentioned in Gov. Abbott’s declared  disaster area and to relief workers who are within the confines of one of those counties.  Taxpayers who wish to file a claim for the waiver should present the hotel manager with Form  12-302, Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate. Taxpayers and relief workers should  mark the form box “Exempt by Other Federal or State Law” and should write “Hurricane  Harvey” anywhere on the form. ​ Sales taxes:​ Texas is also authorizing temporary exemptions from sales tax for purchases related to a declared  natural disaster. Labor service charges are exempt from the tax when the charges relate to:    ●Repairing or restoring nonresidential real property;    ●Repairing or restoring personal property (e.g., furniture);   ●Cutting down damaged tree branches;  ●Cutting up damaged trees.   Texas is also authorizing temporary exemptions from sales tax for purchases related to a declared  natural disaster.… Read More

If you’ve kept up with the news the last few days then you’ll know that Hurricane Harvey has become one of the largest and most costly storms in history. Not only have homes and property been destroyed, but thousands of people and their pets have been displaced. Not all of the pets displaced have gone… Read More

The IRS has announced that Hurricane Harvey victims in parts of Texas have until January 31, 2018 to file certain individual and business tax returns, as well as to make certain tax payments. The returns in question are those taxpayers  that have valid extensions that would normally run out on October 16, and businesses with… Read More

If you’re one of the many people who filed an extension on your business or personal tax return, it’s time to take a good look at the calendar. August brings lots of events, school starts, people sneak in last minute vacations, and we all try to escape the heat. But August also begins the countdown… Read More

Life’s little changes are inevitable, whether they’re actually little or so big they block everything on the horizon. Knowing how some of those changes can affect your taxes will help you prepare for them in advance. Getting married or divorced, although a huge life event, is an easy one tax wise. Two people = a… Read More

The 1099-MISC is one of the most misunderstood forms on a tax return. The 1099-MISC, like the W-2, reports money that you were paid for employment. (I’m talking about the type of income where you had a J.O.B., not retirement, pensions, dividends, interest, or capital gains) The W-2 is pretty straight forward. It reports your… Read More

Choosing a tax preparer is a very important task. Lots of people feel comfortable with online software or chain tax prep stores. Others choose a tax prep service or person via Thumbtack, Facebook, the recommendation of friends, or some other method. Whatever method you choose, be sure the person, software, or company is up to… Read More

Before you head out on a beginning of the year shopping spree, let’s figure out if your new clothes are going to be deductible. Uniforms and work clothes are deductible if: The taxpayer must wear them as a condition of employment, AND The clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. (that AND is very important)… Read More

It’s a mere 16 days until we bid 2016 good-bye and move on to 2017. It’s a good time to think back over your financial year and see if there’s anything you need to purchase before the year’s end. While you’re at it, think about any charitable donations you’d like to make. Donations made to… Read More