Deducting your Job Hunting Expenses

August 18th, 2014


Below is a list of expenses you can deduct when looking for a job:
1. Expenses for a job search in your current line of work but not for a new occupation.
2. The cost of preparing and mailing your resume.
3. Travel expenses looking for a new job.
4. Job placement agency fees.

If you need help preparing your tax return, call our office at 816-524-4949.


Tax Tips for Hobbies

August 15th, 2014

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Many people think that income earned from a hobby does not need to be reported on your tax return. Here are four tax tips you should know about hobbies:

1. Determine if your hobby is a hobby or business. IRS publication 535 sets forth nine factors to help you determine whether your activity is a hobby or a business.

2. Hobby deductions. You can usually deduct ordinary and necessary hobby expenses as long as it is necessary and common for the activity.

3. Limits on hobby expenses. Generally you can only deduct your hobby expenses up to the amount of your hobby income. You cannot deduct a loss from your other income.

4. How to deduct hobby expenses. You must itemize deductions on your tax return in order to deduct your hobby expenses.

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Tips When you Owe the IRS

August 13th, 2014

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If you owe the IRS any money, here are a few tips that you might be able to use to remedy your situation:

1. Payment in full. This one is pretty straight-forward. If you pay your tax bill in full, you won’t owe them anymore.

2. IRS direct pay. This option allows you to automatically pay the IRS from your checking or savings account.

3. Get a short extension to pay. Sometimes you can qualify for 120 days or less as an extension if you can pay your taxes in full.

4. Apply for a payment plan. If you owe $50,000 or less, our office can usually get you a payment plan over five years.

5. Try an Offer in Compromise. This option allows you to offer a settlement to the IRS to pay an amount that is less than the full amount of taxes that you owe. If you want to try this option, contact our office.

6. Change your withholdings. By increasing the amount of taxes taken out of each paycheck, you can help alleviate your tax burden come tax time.
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Settling when you didn’t settle

August 1st, 2014

email 3A Johnson County Kansas court has held that two parties entered into a settlement agreement, even when there was not an official settlement agreement, because the emails between the parties constituted a completed contract. The lesson here is, be careful what you say in emails and if you are being sued, you might want to contact our office at 816-524-4949. Also be sure to check out our website at


Fighting Summary Judgment

July 31st, 2014

If you have been sued and are facing a motion for summary judgment, do not fear. You can beat the motion for summary judgment by showing that there is a genuine issue between you and the person suing you. If you have been sued and are needing assistance, feel free to call us at 816-524-4949.


Be Careful when Dealing with Legal Aid

July 30th, 2014


The Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a Florida company for misleading Missouri consumers by claiming it was affiliated with legal aid offices. This company was called The Legal Aid Society. If you have given any money to this company or a company like it, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at


Child Support and Adoption Subsidies

July 29th, 2014


In February 2014, a Johnson County Kansas court has ruled that money received from an adoption subsidy cannot be considered when determining how much the party should pay or receive for child support. The court said that adoption subsidies are income to the child and not to the adoptive parent. If you are facing a child support case or thinking about adoption, call our office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at


When Discovery Can Start

July 28th, 2014

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Missouri has said that discovery on a defendant cannot be served until the defendant either enters their appearance or receives service of process. If discovery is served before that time, then no response is required. To learn more, check out this case: Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District- WD79587.

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IRS gives bonuses to their employees who didn’t pay their taxes

July 24th, 2014

In April of 2014, the IRS announced that it gave out almost $1.1 million in cash bonuses over a two year period to their employees who did not pay or underreported their taxes. In addition, the IRS gave out $2.8 million in bonuses to 2,800 employees who were involved in disciplinary actions. On top of the cash awards, the disciplined employees received 27,000 hours of extra paid time off. When learning of their mistake, the IRS was going to cancel the awards but has since changed their mind and has agreed to let them stand.

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No Guns for Criminals

July 23rd, 2014


Missouri has said that a person can be disqualified from obtaining a concealed carry permit for anyone who has been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving weapons. So be good out there if you want to obtain or keep your concealed carry permit.

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