There’s an Updated App for That

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The latest version of the IRS2Go app is now available.  This version has a brand new look and feel with new added feature.  “The new version of IRS2Go provides taxpayers another way to quickly get information and help around the clock,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The IRS is focused on providing taxpayers with convenient self-service tools like IRS2Go, which provides details on everything from tax refunds to free tax assistance.” [Read more…]

QuickBooks – 1099 Printing Issue

QBPA Advanced LogoFor tax season 2013, the Internal Revenue Service has updated the 1099-MISC form layout slightly.  Anyone who prints their own 1099-MISC forms from QuickBooks, please be aware that the only QB version that will print correctly is 2014.  The IRS will not accept forms that are printed incorrectly.   [Read more…]

IRS2Go 2.0

The IRS has announced the availability of IRS2Go 2.0, which is an expanded version of its smartphone application we told you about here.  The app is now designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information.  The new app is available for Apple and Android devices and is free.

 

New Features:

Best Apps for Logging your Mileage

If you need to keep track of your mileage for business purposes there are some great mobile apps out there to help you.

 

Now, I admit that you could just have a spreadsheet open on your phone to log your miles, or even (gasp) a piece of paper and a pencil, but what fun is that?  The important thing is to keep the log up as you go.  A log that you keep up as you go as opposed to one that you try to fill in months or years later will be much stronger evidence in case of an IRS audit.

Here’s some of the top apps that I found: [Read more…]

Top 10 Worst Passwords

Identity Theft – sends shivers down most spines.  Did you know that using the wrong password could make it easier for hackers to steal your identity.  Hackers are the bad guys who use your computer and/or online accounts to steal from you.  A recent study revealed that in 32 million instances of successful hacking, the following passwords were used.   First take a look at these top 10 worst passwords, then keep reading to find out how to make smarter passwords.  Just like in home security, if the target is too difficult, the thieves will move on to the next one.  Make yours harder to break into than your neighbors. [Read more…]

Sales Made Simple Seminar

We’d like to encourage everyone to attend the “Sales Made Simple — Using Your Personality to Increase Sales” seminar.  The seminar will be on Friday, October 21 from 9:00am – 12:30pm at McDonough Rd. Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

You can expect:

  • Serving up better sales techniques with DISC
  • Improve sales skills with “hands on” strategies
  • practical sales systems to apply right now

The seminar has a $259 value, and is being offered for $49.99 per person.  Take a look at this flyer (in pdf format) for more information.

DISC Seminar Flyer

IRS launches IRS2Go Apps

The Internal Revenue Service has unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on the status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.  “This new smartphone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want, when they want it,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.  “As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information.”

 Apple users can download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the Apple App Store.  Android users can visit the Android Marketplace to download the free IRS2Go app.  “This phone app is a first for us,” Shulman said.  “We will look for additional ways to expand and refine our use of smartphones and other new technologies to help meet the needs of taxpayers.”

Connect with the IRS
In addition to the mobile app, IRS2Go, the IRS uses social media tools to share the latest information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services.

 The IRS participates on the following social media platforms, including:

Click to View IRS VideosYouTube:  The IRS has video channels that provide short, informative videos on various tax related topics in English, American Sign Language (ASL) and a variety of foreign languages.

 

Click to Follow IRSTwitter:  IRS tweets to share timely information with taxpayers including tax tips, tax law changes and important IRS programs such as e-file, tax credits and “Where’s My Refund”.

 

Click to Like the IRSFacebook:  The IRS has Facebook pages that post valuable tax information for tax professionals and those needing help in resolving long standing issues with the IRS.

 

iTunes:  Audio podcasts that provide useful information on one tax related topic are available on iTunes, as well as in the Multimedia Center on the IRS website.

“But I Don’t Live in Jonesboro, Georgia”

If you’ve been our “friend” on Facebook, or you’re connected with Loggins & Associates via LinkedIn, or even followed our firm on Twitter, you may have thought, “I know they are a very reputable firm and could probably save me money on my taxes, but I don’t live near Jonesboro, Georgia.” 

During the past tax season, Loggins & Associates serviced clients in 115 cities in Georgia.  We also have clients in 21 states outside of Georgia.  Of course, included in that number are states that border Georgia such as Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolina’s.  The other 16 states, however, span the nation from Maine to Washington and everywhere in-between.  Loggins also has clients in England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy.  Advances in technology have made it possible to work with clients across the globe, and it gives our clients the choice on how, when and where they want to conduct their appointments. 

Loggins utilizes a portal to exchange documents with clients in a convenient and secure manner.  When they need to provide bankers with up-to-date financial documents, they have access any time, day or night.  Clients can also provide us with current Quicken, QuickBooks, documents and spreadsheets (i.e. Word and Excel) through the portal.  A convenience which saves time and money.

We offer on-site appointments at our main office in Jonesboro.  We also conduct face-to-face appointments at our satellite offices in Lawrenceville, Peachtree City and Sandy Springs.  While onsite, face-to-face meetings are very valuable, virtual meetings offer flexibility and give clients a choice.  Loggins has utilized Skype and Face Time with clients, and is currently testing GoToMeeting, as virtual meeting alternatives. 

Over the past few years, Loggins has utilized various forms of communication to keep clients informed of changes in tax laws and other timely, helpful information.  We feel that when our clients are better informed, they can make better tax decisions which could affect their bottom line at tax time.  We currently provide updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and plan to roll-out a tax saving blog over the next few months.

   
 

 

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