IRS announces rebate payment schedule
The Internal Revenue Service announced on Monday that it will
begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus payments
starting May 2. The initial round of weekly payments will be
completed by early July.
New IRS Commissioner Shulman takes over reins
Douglas H. Shulman, the newly confirmed commissioner of the
Internal Revenue Service, said he would concentrate both on
enforcement and service and work to ensure the tax agency is
fair, according to Associated Press reports.
Cost of IRS rebate letters engenders comment
Over the weekend, the Internal Revenue Service received a lot
of attention from Op ed columnists, letter writers, and general
news media, in this case because the agency spent $42 million
to mail out 130 million letters to individuals who filed a 2006
federal return telling them that they might receive a rebate.
Desktop Yoga? Helpful stress busters!
Humans by nature are meant to have high and low stress periods
and if you prolong those highs you can actually decrease your productivity.
Workplace snacks to get you through the busy season
When you're too busy to leave your desk for meals, your health
can suffer. It's not just the stress of working long hours,
either. The food you are eating may actually be contributing to the problem.
Procrastination: Putting off today what you can do tomorrow
Have you ever before procrastinated? Have you put off returning
phone calls only to find that you are too embarrassed to return
a call when you receive the third attempt from a caller. Have
you ever put off doing an assignment for someone and then when
it came due, you made an excuse in an effort to gain more time?
Not Busy Season, It's "Prime Time"
In accounting firms, the term "busy season" is synonymous with
the period of January to mid-April. These are the months when
professionals talk to clients, referral sources, friends,
family, and sometimes just about anybody who will listen, about
being swamped, exhausted and "really crazy" right now.... Prime
Time is when you and your firm are most visible of all. Don't
use it to tell the world you are over-worked and have no room
left to serve clients. As they say, "never let 'em see you
sweat." The smartest firms use Prime Time to demonstrate that
their service and attitude is so great, clients & referral
sources should want to refer all their associates.
Share your voice in Michelle Golden's Blog!
We've got something extra to discuss with clients this year
with new rebates that are scheduled to be distributed beginning
in May. A nice payment schedule was issued this week, so now
taxpayers can start counting the days until their payment
arrives. And while the rebates add just one more thing to the
mass of information you're trying to process this spring, don't
forget to take care of yourself as we come into the final
stretch of busy season. This issue of the Tax Zone Supplement
contains some tips for healthy snacks you can eat at your desk
and exercises you can do from the comfort of your ergonomic
chair. Finally there are some tips about how not to
procrastinate when your time now is so valuable, and Michelle
Golden shares her views on how to turn busy season into your
Gail Perry, CPA
P.O. Box 2252, Westerville, OH 43086-2252
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