I will be the first to admit I have neglected this blog the last six month. It was hard to post while I was in the hospital and in rehab. Once home, it took everything to keep up with tax returns. The last couple of weeks have been full of catch up and decompression. To be honest, it’s been hard to write. I got out of the habit of doing it. Part of the problem is I got so behind on my reading. I have a stack of journals and newsletters to read along with a 3 inch stack of printouts I found through links and emails. I also have a couple dozen emails I just stuck in the “Tax Info” folder within Thunderbird for later reading. I guess now is later.
Tax season was slow and return count was lower than I would have liked. I expected part of this because of the changes to the Kansas tax laws. Many of my seniors no longer needed my services because of the changes to Homestead and Food Sales Tax Refund. I also expected to lose returns because of lifestyle changes; death, moving and marriage to name a few. And the broken hip cost me people who couldn’t easily get a hold of me the last quarter of the year. There were several extensions that hadn’t shown up by October 8th and I’m sure found a new, last minute preparer. The good news is that I still have a bunch of extensions coming in to keep me out of trouble this summer.
I also expect to see new clients when the letters from the state of Kansas begin coming in. Specifically, taxpayers who did their own returns but didn’t handle the changes to business income correctly. It will be interesting to see if the state recalculates and send refunds to those who left their business income on their return. I’m sure those who didn’t add back in their business loss will be getting a letter.
So, I will be posting more and new articles in the future. I also want to get better at social media this summer. This is a priority after looking at Our Taxing Time’s recent page view stats. Depressing!