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Time To Dream With Your Friendly Des Moines Tax Professional

With the passing of Justice Ginsburg 45 days before the election, we have officially entered the political crazy season.This -- on top of so much conflict surrounding public health measures. It is also in addition to all of the conversation around racial pain, the...

What Des Moines Landlords And Tenants Should Know About The CDC Eviction Stay

Floating under the radar during so much NOISE the past couple weeks ... the CDC announced a halt to evictions for renters, and that starts THIS WEEK.I have some guidance today for you about what that means (and what it doesn't), but a couple other things first, before...

Truth and Fiction About the Trump Payroll Tax Cuts For Des Moines Taxpayers

Right now we're living through an age in which media trust has been thoroughly decimated. "Expert" authority itself is being questioned (in many cases, rightly), and misinformation is rampant.That's perhaps one of the reasons I've received so many visits to this...

Now Is The Time For An Estate Plan For Des Moines Taxpayers

Right now, it's almost impossible to escape the conflict, the noise, and the shaming over various cultural decisions we're having to make. Lockdowns, schooling, more economic stimulus, elections, vaccines -- it's all enough to drive you crazy if you pay close...

Ann Hartz’s Guiding Principles For Teaching Kids About Money

However you slice it, the schooling situation right now is tough, with no good options.If you are vehemently in favor of full-on school ... well, compassion would dictate that you would recognize that others are having more difficulty with that, for caution's sake or...

A Strategy For Des Moines Taxpayers With A Higher Than Expected Tax Bill

Taking a look around the world these days, and where things seem to be headed...But our heads are high here at Ann M. Hartz, CPA and Associates because we worked our tails off for our Des Moines clients this year. We helped a bunch of people save a ton on their taxes...

Reflections On The Extended Tax Season By A Local Des Moines Tax Professional

I remember at the end of April 2019 that I felt like it had been one of the wildest tax seasons in memory. The TCJA ("Trump Tax Code") had thrown a ton of curveballs our way, and we were looking forward to implementing tax planning strategies for our Des Moines...

The End of Tax Season, Estimated Taxes, And Unemployment Compensation by Ann Hartz

I'm still emotionally adjusting to the fact that we just went through 4th of July weekend ... and "tax season" is STILL GOING.I'm thankful for it, because I also know that extending the deadline during this wild, intensely difficult year (for so many) was a rare...

Ann Hartz’s To-Do List If You Can’t Pay All Your Taxes

Some of our Des Moines clients are STILL pulling their paperwork -- which is understandable during this donkey of a year, and with all of the new complications.But sadly, ye olde IRS isn't extending any payment grace in a couple weeks. (I say "sadly", but here at Team...

Why Procrastination Makes Sense in 2020 For Des Moines Taxpayers

We've had impeachment votes, worldwide pandemics, quarantine-like lockdowns (for the healthy), public police brutality, widespread protests, intense riots, MURDER HORNETS, statues falling, social media anger and now we have a drunken and murderous monkey to top off...

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.

But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!