Business Owners Can Claim a Qualified Business Income Deduction

Eligible taxpayers may now deduct up to 20 percent of certain business income from domestic businesses operated as sole proprietorships or through partnerships, S corporations, trusts, and estates.  The deduction may also be claimed on certain dividends.  Eligible taxpayers can claim the deduction for the first time on the 2018 federal income tax return they file in 2019. This provision is the result of tax reform legislation passed in December 2017.

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Taxware Systems is always looking to provide information and technology that could benefit and improve the tax practices of our clients.

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Taxware Systems Client Benefit: Special Offer on TheTaxBook

As a client of Taxware Systems you are entitled to receive 10-25% off all TheTaxBook products and free shipping year-round!

Excitement is in the air for the 2018 Tax Year! Your clients want to know how the changes in tax law affect their tax return and financial situation. TheTaxBook has three publications to help you understand and master all of the updated provisions from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!

When ordering, be sure to use Taxware’s Promo Code 785 to ensure you receive the negotiated discount.

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Taxware Promo Code: 785

Taxware Systems clients receive 5 free services with any order from TheTaxBook:

  • Tax Industry News
  • Free Online Credit Hours
  • Tools for Tax Pros
  • Message Board
  • TheTaxBook Updates!

Tech Tips – Acknowledgements

With the NextGen Wintax program, you can reprint and reprocess “rehang” your previously electronically filed acknowledgements whenever you may need them.

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A Comprehensive Look at EFINs and PTINs

Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs):
An EFIN is a six digit number assigned by the IRS for identifying tax firms.
Anyone filing more than 10 returns in a tax year must do so electronically through their firm’s EFIN.

How to acquire an EFIN:

Step 1- Follow this link

Step 2- Select “Create Account” and fill out the information to create your e-Services account.

Step 3- Fill out an application to become an Authorized e-file Provider from your e-Services account.

Step 4- You will be asked to complete a suitability check. The suitability check may include a fingerprint, credit check, criminal background check, a tax compliance check and a check for previous non-compliance with IRS e-file requirements.

This process may take up to 45 days, so we suggest applying for an EFIN as soon as possible to make sure you are ready for the next tax year.

Professional Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs):
The PTIN is a nine-digit number that is used to identify a paid tax preparer of any federal tax return or claim of refund.
Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid PTIN.

PTINs expire at the end of every year and must be renewed annually in order to prepare taxes.

How to register for or renew a PTIN:

Step 1: Access your e-Services account

Step 2: Verify your personal information and answer the questions provided.

Step 3: Confirm PTIN renewal

If you do not have a PTIN and need to obtain one, you can go here to get started.

Congratulations on a successful tax season!

Congratulations! You made it!

The high pressure of an even more compact tax season has come to an end. All of us at Taxware Systems congratulate you on making it through and hopefully having a great tax season. The IRS made it interesting at the end with their servers going down on the last day but they are back up now and the systems should get caught up tonight with acknowledgements.

We too will be celebrating our favorite holiday by closing the office on Friday, April 20th for a well-deserved break for our amazing staff.

As a reminder, starting Wednesday, April 18th we will return to our regular business hours of M-F 8AM to 5PM PST.

As you can see we are always making improvements to our brand, our software and our ability to communicate effectively with you, our clients.

As always, our tech support and sales team is here to help you year-round. After you take a much-needed break, please call us during the off season to delve further into the functionality and features of our programs. We will gladly make the time to demonstrate and answer your questions one on one.

Your invoice for the 2018 tax year will be in the mail shortly. Early renewal pricing is available until May 31st, so be sure to secure that benefit for your company.

New Wintax Program, New Website, and now a New Logo!

What is NOT NEW? Our dedication to our fantastic clients, many of whom have been with us for over 30 years! Thank you for the trust you place in us every year in this truly ever-changing industry. It is a pleasure to provide your tax and accounting preparation software

Warm Regards,
Taxware Systems

Client Comparison and Batch Extensions

Toward the end of tax season, we field some telephone calls helping clients transmit extension form 4868 for their clients. When the telephone call is about finished the client will make a comment something along the lines of “thanks, one down 40 to go!”. It’s about that time Taxware customer support becomes their best friend when they let them know that there is an easier way to do all their extensions in a batch.

For our Legacy clients this process is done using a utility program called “Client Comparison”. Like the name of the program eludes to, this program basically compares your current year data folder with your prior year data folder to build a database of the tax payers you haven’t recalled and worked with yet. With this database you can send extensions in a batch.

This utility program is available now at our downloads page. We have included both a “How To” use the program guide as well as an “Electronic Filing” guide. Here is the link to the access the Client Comparison download page. Please follow the instructions on the download page and then click the help buttons in the program to access these guides.

Here is a link for a step by step guide showing how to use the comparison tool and how to batch e-file extensions.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Using the IRS Withholding Calculator

The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.”  This is even more important this year because of recent tax law changes.

Results from the calculator will include a recommendation of whether or not users should consider submitting a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to their employers. Before beginning, taxpayers should have a copy of their most recent pay stub and tax return.

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Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

It was last year about this time that I received more than one call from the someone claiming to be the IRS stating that I owed them money and I needed call an 800# to get it all cleared up.  It sounded so real I could see how anyone would believe it, and the fact that they called more than once I decided to get on the website and do a little research to make sure it wasn’t real. I knew in my gut they wouldn’t contact me that way but still I was appalled at the audacity of someone to execute this type of a scheme.

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