tax preparation

Survey Suggests Taxpayers are Overconfident in Their Tax Prep Skills

Even as the tax code becomes increasingly complex, more and more Americans are preparing their own tax returns. A recent survey conducted by BMO Harris Financial Advisors found that nearly 48% of Americans prepare their own tax returns. Eighty-three percent … read more

2014 Brings Changes to IRS Services and Resources

IRS has announced that it will be making a number of taxpayer service changes for the 2014 filing season to reflect available resources and shifting taxpayer demands.  The changes will reflect a cutback of live assistance in favor of more … read more

How to Avoid Tax Scams

Recently the IRS came out urging taxpayers to avoid becoming victims of tax scams. The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return-related scams lately. These scams usually involve taxpayers who normally do not have to file a return, but are … read more

VITA – What Do You Mean I Said That?

Once again, I am teaching VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers the fun and frustration of tax law.  Well, that statement may be a bit ambitious – I am teaching the test that volunteers are required to pass (with a … read more

When Your Child Is Not "Qualifying", but Can Still Be Relative

In the continuing saga of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) training that I have written about in the past couple of weeks, Andrea Hejnal-Hilger and I are now familiar with our training facility and are ready to instruct. Well, … read more

Quickbooks Tips, Part 1: Creating a Backup Copy & Entering a Closing Date

Quickbooks is the primary accounting software used by most small businesses, and is a wonderful tool for getting your information ready for tax preparation each year.  Some small business owners find Quickbooks very easy to use, while others struggle with … read more


There is nothing more complex than the world of taxes. We know this and yet we chose careers where we face these issues everyday. We get questions day in and day out about new tax laws, forms and news items and how they affect everyday people and businesses. Well, here at Henry & Horne we have set out to do what we do best; help everyday people understand what is going on in the world of state, local, federal, estate and international taxation. We will provide these weekly posts and we encourage you to give us feedback on those posts as well as letting us know what else you would like to know more about. Welcome to "Tax Insights." We hope you find this blog informative and worthy of your time.

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