Joyce A. Shafer, CPA

Joyce A. Shafer, CPA We are a full service accounting firm serving North Alabama. We specialize in tax returns, audits, write-up services, such as monthly books, payroll, quarterlies, and sales tax.

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IRS Tax Tip 2013-62:  Tips to Start Planning Next Year's Tax Return
04/24/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-62: Tips to Start Planning Next Year's Tax Return

IRS Tax Tip 2013-62: Tips to Start Planning Next Year's Tax Return

For most taxpayers, the tax deadline has passed. But planning for next year can start now. The IRS reminds taxpayers that being organized and planning ahead can save time and money in 2014. Here are six things you can do now to make next April 15 easier.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-59:  Ten Facts on Filing an Amended Tax Return
04/19/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-59: Ten Facts on Filing an Amended Tax Return

IRS Tax Tip 2013-59: Ten Facts on Filing an Amended Tax Return

What should you do if you already filed your federal tax return and then discover a mistake? Don’t worry; you have a chance to fix errors by filing an amended tax return. This year you can use the new IRS tool, ‘Where's My Amended Return?’ to easily track the status of your amended tax return. Here…

IRS Tax Tip 2013-58:  Eight Facts on Late Filing and Late Payment Penalties
04/18/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-58: Eight Facts on Late Filing and Late Payment Penalties

IRS Tax Tip 2013-58: Eight Facts on Late Filing and Late Payment Penalties

April 15 is the annual deadline for most people to file their federal income tax return and pay any taxes they owe. By law, the IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for both failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-55:  Ten Helpful Tips for Paying Your Taxes
04/15/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-55: Ten Helpful Tips for Paying Your Taxes

IRS Tax Tip 2013-55: Ten Helpful Tips for Paying Your Taxes

Are you making a payment with your federal tax return this year? If so, here are 10 important things the IRS wants you to know about correctly paying your federal income taxes.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-52:  Five Things to Know if You Need More Time to File
04/10/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-52: Five Things to Know if You Need More Time to File

IRS Tax Tip 2013-52: Five Things to Know if You Need More Time to File

The April 15 tax-filing deadline is fast approaching. Some taxpayers may find that they need more time to file their tax returns. If you need extra time, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-51:  Eight Tax-Time Errors to Avoid
04/09/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-51: Eight Tax-Time Errors to Avoid

IRS Tax Tip 2013-51: Eight Tax-Time Errors to Avoid

If you make a mistake on your tax return, it usually takes the IRS longer to process it. The IRS may have to contact you about that mistake before your return is processed. This will delay the receipt of your tax refund.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-47:  Get Connected to the IRS with Social Media
04/03/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-47: Get Connected to the IRS with Social Media

IRS Tax Tip 2013-47: Get Connected to the IRS with Social Media

The April 15 tax deadline will soon be here. Those who wait until the last minute to file may be rushing to find the tax information they need. Tax preparers, businesses, news media and web masters may also be looking for creative ways to help their clients find IRS tax information and tools.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-44:  Two Education Credits Help Pay Higher Education Costs
03/29/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-44: Two Education Credits Help Pay Higher Education Costs

IRS Tax Tip 2013-44: Two Education Credits Help Pay Higher Education Costs

The American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit may help you pay for the costs of higher education. If you pay tuition and fees for yourself, your spouse or your dependent you may qualify for these credits.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-40:  IRS Offers Top 10 Tax Time Tips
03/27/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-40: IRS Offers Top 10 Tax Time Tips

IRS Tax Tip 2013-40: IRS Offers Top 10 Tax Time Tips

The end of the tax filing season is almost here. Even though your tax return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself by starting now. Here are 10 important tips to ensure a smooth process.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-41:  Ten Things to Know about Farm Income and Deductions
03/27/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-41: Ten Things to Know about Farm Income and Deductions

IRS Tax Tip 2013-41: Ten Things to Know about Farm Income and Deductions

If you earn money managing or working on a farm, you are in the farming business. Farms include plantations, ranches, ranges and orchards. Farmers may raise livestock, poultry or fish, or grow fruits or vegetables. Here are 10 things about farm income and expenses that the IRS wants you to know.

03/15/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-34: Claiming the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

IRS Tax Tip 2013-34: Claiming the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

The Child and Dependent Care Credit can help offset some of the costs you pay for the care of your child, a dependent or a spouse. Here are 10 facts the IRS wants you to know about the tax credit for child and dependent care expenses.

03/13/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-32: Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

IRS Tax Tip 2013-32: Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

Many members of the military are able to get their tax returns prepared for free on or off most military bases including overseas locations. The U.S. Armed Forces participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS. VITA provides free tax advice, tax preparation, tax ret...

03/12/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-31: Important Facts about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

IRS Tax Tip 2013-31: Important Facts about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

If your lender cancelled or forgave your mortgage debt, you generally have to pay tax on that amount. But there are exceptions to this rule for some homeowners who had mortgage debt forgiven in 2012.

03/11/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-30: IRS: Four Ways to Get Free Tax Help

IRS Tax Tip 2013-30: IRS: Four Ways to Get Free Tax Help

Many of us need information when preparing our federal income tax returns, like which form to use or how to claim a credit. The IRS offers free information and services to help taxpayers online, by phone and in person. Here are four ways to get the help you need.

03/07/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-28: Ten Facts about Capital Gains and Losses

IRS Tax Tip 2013-28: Ten Facts about Capital Gains and Losses

The term “capital asset” for tax purposes applies to almost everything you own and use for personal or investment purposes. A capital gain or loss occurs when you sell a capital asset.

03/06/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-27: Take Credit for Your Retirement

IRS Tax Tip 2013-27: Take Credit for Your Retirement

Saving for your retirement can make you eligible for a tax credit worth up to $2,000. If you contribute to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or to an IRA, you may be eligible for the Saver’s Credit.

IR-2013-25:  IRS Now Accepting All 2012 Returns
03/04/2013
IR-2013-25: IRS Now Accepting All 2012 Returns

IR-2013-25: IRS Now Accepting All 2012 Returns

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it has finished updating its tax-processing systems allowing all remaining individual and business taxpayers to file their 2012 federal income tax returns.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-24:  Social Security Benefits and Your Taxes
03/01/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-24: Social Security Benefits and Your Taxes

IRS Tax Tip 2013-24: Social Security Benefits and Your Taxes

Some people must pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. If you get Social Security, you should receive a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, by early February. The form shows the amount of benefits you received in 2012.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-22:  Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
02/27/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-22: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

IRS Tax Tip 2013-22: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

You don’t need to be a tax expert when you’re running a business, but you may need to know the basics so your business can run smoothly. The IRS.gov Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has useful tax information and services for business owners.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-21:  Five Tips if Your Name Has Changed
02/26/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-21: Five Tips if Your Name Has Changed

IRS Tax Tip 2013-21: Five Tips if Your Name Has Changed

If you were married or divorced and changed your name last year, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration before you file your taxes with the IRS. If the name on your tax return doesn’t match SSA records, the IRS will flag it as an error and that may delay your refund.

IRS Tax Tip 2013-19:  Beware of Bogus IRS Emails
02/22/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-19: Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

IRS Tax Tip 2013-19: Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into…

Joyce A. Shafer, CPA
02/13/2013
Joyce A. Shafer, CPA

Joyce A. Shafer, CPA

We are a full service accounting firm serving North Alabama. We specialize in tax returns, audits, write-up services, such as monthly books, payroll, quarterlies, and sales tax.

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02/13/2013

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IRS Tax Tip 2013-12:  Taxable and Nontaxable Income
02/12/2013
IRS Tax Tip 2013-12: Taxable and Nontaxable Income

IRS Tax Tip 2013-12: Taxable and Nontaxable Income

Most types of income are taxable, but some are not. Income can include money, property or services that you receive. Here are some examples of income that are usually not taxable:

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