Update on July 15th, 2020 tax deadline


Update on the July 15th tax deadline Hello everyone, Lynn Spencer here. This post has the new tax filing deadlines for 2020. You now have until July 15th to do the following: File and pay federal and state of Georgia 2019 income taxes. You will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the 2019 taxes if paid in full by July 15th, 2020. Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16th, 2020 Pay your first quarter 2020 federal and state of Georgia tax estimates. Please note that your 2nd quarter tax estimate is still [...]

Update on July 15th, 2020 tax deadline2020-03-30T19:03:55+00:00

“I’ll bet you didn’t know why we pay taxes in April” (VIDEO)

2020-03-30T19:01:27+00:00 Some people correlate the “Ides of March” with William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar.   In it, a soothsayer warns the Roman general that his life is in danger stating “beware of the Ides of March”, which corresponds with the 15th day of the lunar month.  Hello, Lynn Spencer here with tax-related trivia knowledge.  The Ides of March dates back to the earliest Roman calendars dating about 753 B.C., and it initially marked the first full moon of a new year.  The Romans used it as a deadline for settling financial debts, bringing the previous year to an official end. It is [...]

“I’ll bet you didn’t know why we pay taxes in April” (VIDEO)2020-03-30T19:01:27+00:00

IRS – Problem Resolution


Hopefully, you will never find yourself in the crosshairs of the IRS and its Collections and Enforcement Division. Hello, Judy Bernhard, CPA and Mason Hardin, EA here again from Killingsworth Spencer in Roswell. Today we want to provide a quick explanation as to how we help our clients solve their IRS tax debt issues. If you, a family member, or a close friend find themselves with an IRS or state of GA tax debt problem they cannot solve, do not panic! The IRS will ALWAYS state the maximum amount owed for two reasons – one to get your undivided attention, and [...]

IRS – Problem Resolution2020-02-24T22:16:19+00:00



Hello again, Lynn Spencer here. I have bad news to share with you all this week. Because of the Equifax Data Breach earlier this year, the IRS has put out a notice that if you are anticipating a tax refund for your soon to be filed 2017 taxes, do not expect a quick turnaround. Estimates on delays could run 2 months according to the IRS, to as long as 14 months according to consumer expert, Clark Howard. YES, that's correct. This means that you may wait until the spring of 2019 to receive a refund of taxes you began paying [...]

EQUIFAX DATA BREACH2020-01-03T06:13:28+00:00

You now have until January 31, 2018 to file and pay your 2016 taxes


Killingsworth Spencer Lunch & Learn workshops Hello Everyone, Lynne Spencer here. Today I have good news for all procrastinators. Because Hurricane Irma did extensive damage to parts of south Georgia and many areas were without power for several days, both Governor Deal and President Trump have declared Georgia a state of emergency. The IRS and the GA Department of Revenue has provided the same extensions to file tax returns as the states of TX and FL as of September 19, 2017 (IR-2017-156).   Tax returns that were on extension for S-Corp's, C-Corp's and personal tax returns are now due (including any payments) [...]

You now have until January 31, 2018 to file and pay your 2016 taxes2020-01-03T06:15:07+00:00



"We have beefed up our security protocols" QuickBooks Training Hello again, Lynn Spencer here. I have bad news to share AGAIN with you all this week. Because of the Equifax Data Breach earlier this year, the IRS stated this week that the individual IP PIN numbers will be discontinued immediately. What this means is that their experiment to add an additional layer of security protection did not work as intended. Many people do not realize that tax preparation professionals have more information on their clients than do other professionals such as your physician or attorney. Just like you, we hear all of [...]

EQUIFAX DATA BREACH Part 22020-01-03T06:16:00+00:00

The most Wonderful Time of the Year


Introduction to Killingsworth Spencer   ... for family and tax planning too! Hello everyone, Lynn Spencer here. Today I want to give you all encouragement to begin preparing for your 2017 federal and state income tax returns.  As we begin the final six weeks of 2017, most of us are focusing on the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. However, while you are busy with menu planning, travel itineraries, and gift buying, you should invest some critical time to make certain you take full advantage of tax deductions. Today's post will be the first of a series helping you to not [...]

The most Wonderful Time of the Year2020-01-03T06:18:30+00:00

You Have Until November 17th To Avoid Extra Hassle


Using your retirement account to fund a new business Hello again, Lynn Spencer here, and today I want to inform you that as of Saturday November 18th, the IRS is shutting down its Electronic Tax Filing Portal until the early part of January 2018 for annual maintenance. What this means to those taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2016 personal and or business returns is that they will need to be filed the "old fashioned" way. Extra time and expense on everyone's part required for administrative tasks, including securing original signatures.  Printing and extra postage will also be necessary [...]

You Have Until November 17th To Avoid Extra Hassle2020-01-03T06:19:55+00:00

Our financial lives are far more complicated now


JanetKillingswortVideo Janet Killingsworth here. Not too long ago, members of Congress were saying the the NEW tax reform package would enable most American taxpayers to do their own taxes on a large postcard.   As we all know, this was not the case, even though more than 80% of Americans will see a reduction in what we pay in our own taxes beginning with 2018. And yes, the state of Georgia has also passed a reduction in income taxes. Yes, there was a time when most Americans could prepare their own taxes; however, each year the tax code becomes increasingly [...]

Our financial lives are far more complicated now2020-01-03T06:29:36+00:00

Interesting facts about taxes – first in a series of useful information


Lynn Spencer here. Today I want to share a tidbit of information many taxpayers do not understand when it comes to preparing and signing your federal and state tax return. YOU are the only responsible party to this very important transaction between the feds and the state. If you owe extra money due to not declaring income (from whatever source), or taking too generous tax deductions, or failing to tell your preparer "all the facts", you and only you will receive a notice thru the U.S. Postal Service (not any other way) of the deficiencies. At Killingsworth Spencer, we make [...]

Interesting facts about taxes – first in a series of useful information2020-01-03T06:38:20+00:00