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Welcome to Herman & Associates CPAs PC
~ 30 Years of Accounting Excellence!

 

If you have a business in need of stimulus assistance please visit the following link: 

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Applications are being accepted beginning April 3rd, 2020. We believe that Columbia Bank and Umpqua Bank in WS are both participating in this program. We recommend that you call your bank to see if they are participating in the program.

 

OFFICE HOURS

Herman & Associates, CPAs are back to regular off season hours beginning Monday, May 4th. We are open from Monday-Thursday from 8am to 5pm and Friday from 8am to noon.

 In order to minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19 we are still advocating for the use of email and our portal system for dropping off and accessing information. If you aren’t technologically inclined, you can physically drop off your information and pick it up when it is completed. If you don’t have to meet with someone in person to resolve issues, it is preferred that you email your preparer with any questions or concerns.  If you do need to physically come into our office, please consider wearing your mask for your safety. 

The federal government has extended the filing and paying deadline for all personal and corporate tax returns until July 15, 2020. This includes the return itself along with the first quarter tax estimated payment that is generally due April 15th.

Oregon has followed federal guidelines for the most part. The only item that is not the same is that Oregon is requiring that you pay your first quarter estimate that is due April 15th.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

In the midst of today's "new economy", we don't hear enough people talking about the old economy. We strive to do business the old fashioned way while still providing you with top-notch service. We believe in long-term relationships, developing staff, and honoring our commitments. We believe that we can best serve your needs if we know you and your business intimately. Ultimately, we believe that our success depends on you.

We are merging today's technological opportunities with our beliefs about how business should be done. This website is meant to provide you with additional information and an outlet of communication.

Our office offers a variety of services. We prepare individual tax returns, corporate tax returns, partnership tax returns as well as payroll services and excise reporting. If you have any questions please feel free to call our office.

Completion policy and extensions:

Please be prepared for the possibility of our office putting your tax return on extension as we attempt to navigate the new tax law and respond to its requirements for all of our clients.  We understand that there is an aversion to extensions due to the rumor that being put on extension may be a trigger for audit. However, no studies or evidence exists to support this claim.  Audits are selected based on line items on the tax returns that are questionable, not based on when a person files their return.  Our office will not be able to make any guarantees regarding whether or not we will need to put your return on extension.  We want to provide all of our clients’ with the best tax advice and preparation we can under this new tax law and we feel extending some of our clientele may be the best way to provide these superior services. However, if you feel that an extension is not in your best interest we will harbor no ill will should you chose to seek other representation.

If you normally extend or have no aversion to extending, please contact our office as early in the year as you can so we can get you extended early and give you peace of mind.

Billing practices and collection policy:

The tax return fee structure is based on the forms prepared, a processing fee, and, if required, additional accounting time. All tax return fees are due upon receipt of the return. Fees not paid at the time of pickup, will be assessed 1.5% interest (monthly) on the balance due. Accounts that are not paid in full within 6 months will be forwarded to our collection agency and may affect your credit report. We do accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards for payment.

The purpose of the organizer is for you to provide our office with totals of income and expenses to report on your tax return.  If you provide our office with receipts, invoices or checkbook detail and we must extract the totals, we will charge an additional accounting fee for this service.  Additionally, if you provide our office with a volume of information, please remember to pick it up when you pick up your return. If we have to mail the documents back to you, you will be charged the postage fee to do this. 

The best way to minimize your billing is to provide our office with accurate books and information to minimize the accounting fees assessed and to use our firm portal to submit information or pick up your information at the time you pick up your return.

If you chose to use our portal option, please email your regular tax preparer or our info@herman-associates.com email account to inform our office you have uploaded information so that we know to access your account as soon as you upload the information and to quickly assess your tax documents.  If you are not set up on our portal and would like to be, please contact our office so we can get you set up.

Appointments:

Our CPAs and staff are available for in person appointments throughout the year. If you wish to meet with a staff member, call our office and schedule a time for the meeting. In order to maintain a cohesive workflow process, our firm does not take walk in or same day appointments. 

Understanding and Responding to an IRS notice:

IRS Notices are time sensitive and should be handled immediately.

NAVIGATING YOUR IRS NOTICE:

Every IRS notice has a “CP” # which corresponds to a particular taxing issue. You can find an explanatory bulletin for each CP # - “Understanding your CP_#_Notice” – on the IRS.gov website.

Common CP Notice Types:

  • CP14/CP501        Balance due on unpaid taxes
  • CP21/CP22          Changes made to tax return by IRS
  • CP23/CP24          Discrepancy on estimated tax payments
  • CP2000                 Reported amounts are different than what appears on tax return (stock    proceeds, tuition amounts, IRA distribution for example)
  • CP2501                 IRS has info not reported on tax return (see examples listed above)

Review info, upper right corner of page 1:

-CP Notice #

-Tax Year

-SSN

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Read the notice.
  2. Compare the IRS records to your tax return. You may need to review your source documents as well (statements, W2s, 1099s, etc)
  3. If you disagree with their findings, provide copies of documents that support your tax return, for example:
    1. Cancelled checks front and back showing payments
    2. 1099s showing IRA distributions/rollovers/tax withheld, etc.
    3. Tuition statements/payment transcript from college showing actual payments made
  4. Mail letter of explanation, pages from the notice per IRS, sign where needed, send with documentation.

For notices that show a balance due, the IRS will continue to mail you letters and accrue interest.

Common Notices:

CP14: If you had any unpaid taxes due after the filing deadline of April 15, you will receive this notice. The notice will outline the penalties and interest assessed on the unpaid balance. If you know that you had an unpaid balance, you will owe this additional money to the IRS. We suggest that you pay it by the due date on the notice to avoid additional penalties and interest. If you know you paid your tax on time, you will need to substantiate the payment(s) by providing copies of cancelled checks or bank statement showing payment.

CP23: The most common reason the IRS determines that you are owed a refund is because of estimated payments that are not reflected on your tax return.  You should go through your bank account or credit card records to see if you can verify payments made. Compare your payment records with the amount shown on your tax return and in the IRS notice.

Often, the IRS will send out a refund check with no explanation. You may receive the CP Notice up to 2 weeks after receiving the check. If you were not expecting a refund, you can call the IRS at 800-829-1040 for further explanation.

Be sure to keep a copy of all notices, correspondence, and proof of mailing with your tax documents.

Please make sure your tax preparer gets a copy of the notice to keep with your permanent records. We strongly suggest that you mail all correspondence via USPS certified return receipt mail.

State Notices

You may receive a state notice for many of the same reasons that you receive an IRS notice.

As with a Federal notice, you will want to compare the state findings to your state income tax return and provide any documentation that they request or that supports your tax return.

If you bring an IRS or State Notice to our office for review, we will gladly do that. But be advised that we may ask you to provide documents as outlined here (and we may bill you for our services ??? do we want to say this?)

Related Topic – SCAMMER ALERT for fraudulent IRS notices and phone calls claiming to be from the IRS.

Scammers are getting increasingly tricky!

Many people are getting wise to their robo-calls threatening legal action, but scammers are refining their techniques to prey on unassuming taxpayers. Until recently, paper mail correspondence from the IRS could be reasonably trusted, but scam letters are surfacing that look almost identical to legitimate IRS correspondence.

Here are a few tips to help you identify whether a letter is legitimate or not:

  1. Read the letter carefully and compare to your tax return. If changes were made, the letter should reference why adjustments were made and will itemize penalties and/or interest accrued, if any.
  2. Check the name the letter requests the check is payable to. “United States Treasury” is the proper payable name, but some letters have surfaced where scammers are asking the check be payable to “I.R.S.”
  3. Check the return address. While the IRS has many addresses, a simple Google search of the return address should alert you to whether an address is a legitimate IRS address or not.

If you have received an IRS notice and have any suspicion that it may be fraudulent, take it to your tax preparer as soon as possible. If it is fraud, your tax preparer should be able to tell you quickly. If it is legitimate, your tax preparer will be able to help you respond to it. 

 

 

 

 

  • Telephone...
  • (509) 493-1717
  • Fax...
  • (509) 493-4321
  • Herman & Associates CPAs PC
  • 1000 E. Jewett Boulevard
  • PO Box 1158
  • White Salmon, WA 98672

You can also send us a message directly through the contact page of this website.