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Tax Department Interview Guide – Questions To Ask Anyone Wanting To Work In Your Tax Department

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An organized approach to interviewing will greatly enhance the accuracy of the selection process. It will also create a more favorable impression on the candidate being interviewed. With an organized interview you are more likely to obtain the information necessary to make an informed decision. The primary purpose of an interview is to determine the candidate’s suitability of the role.

Proper questioning will provide pertinent information in evaluating the candidate. The interview questions we provide are designed to avoid some of the common errors in interviewing while encouraging the candidate to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in a candid an honest manner. You must always pay close attention to what is said during an interview and make notes of responses. Approaching an interview in this manner leads to insightful information and more successful hires. There are often two candidates present in an interview, the “real candidate” and the “candidate on display”. All candidates interviewed wish to present themselves in a favorable light and impress the interviewer. Whether the candidate is really the person projected during the interview is the interviewer’s responsibility to decide. Read more

South African Tax Man’s Message To HSBC Account Holders

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced an amnesty of sort – a threat and upfront warnings: we do know about you, best you come forward before we make the tax audit into your affairs known.

On July 9th, 2015, SARS issued a press release, which can be read in more detail on:

http://www.sars.gov.za/Media/MediaReleases/Pages/9-July-2015 – – – South-Africans-with-accounts-and-investments-in-foreign-tax-jurisdictions.aspx

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), based information obtained by French newspaper Le Monde, ranked South Africa number 31 among the countries with the largest amount of dollars ($2.3blion) in the so-called leaked Swiss Read more

Tax Bloggers Gaining Authority At TaxConnections

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Our members blogs are read by visitors from 210 countries and territories around the world.  We are amazed as we watch our members gain better visibility for their tax expertise and more authority in the marketplace. TaxConnections Bloggers have a unique style that resonates with our readers. We love the way our Tax Bloggers make the stories relatable to our readers. When you are marketing for new clients the secret is to make it less technical and more relatable. This week I want to give you all examples of our Tax Bloggers who had some of the most read blog posts over the past year:  Michael DeBlis, John Dundon, Barry Fowler, Jeffrey Kahn, Ron Marini, Manasa Nadig, Peter Scalise, John Stancil, Hugo van Zyl and so many more.

If you are interested in enjoying a wider distribution of your tax blogs and reputation to our hundreds of thousands of readers, please join us today!

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Wanted! Tax Professionals With Books And eBooks

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If you have ever thought of writing a book or an eBook on a tax topic, please let us know. We are now accepting submissions from the tax community to promote their tax books/eBooks at www.taxconnections.com. It takes a great deal of effort to write a book/eBook on a tax topic and more effort to promote it to an interested audience. TaxConnections promotes our members books and publications to our built in interested readers of tax knowledge and expertise.

We promote our members publications exclusively, so if you are a current or budding author please join TaxConnections as a member today at https://www.taxconnections.com/membership/tax-professionals. The first ten tax professionals to register for an annual membership will have the option of being a quoted tax expert in a series of articles we Read more

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Beware of Clawbacks

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Your 501(c)(3) organization or church is in the midst of a large building campaign. Someone approaches you about making a large gift to the campaign. You don’t know the person, but he says that his grandparents were long-time members and supporters of your organization and he would like to honor them with a donation in their names. Sound too good to be true? Well, rein in your enthusiasm. That may just be the case. Before accepting any large gift, particularly one from someone you don’t know, you should exercise some due diligence.

Fraudulent Transfer may Result in a Clawback

A gift that is given to an organization or to individuals may be required to be returned if it can be shown that the transfer to your organization could be termed a fraudulent transfer Read more

IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

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The IRS has released its long-awaited Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers, available at http://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf. However, you should understand what this directory is, and is not.

But first, let’s talk about accessing the directory. By clicking on the link above, you will be taken to a page where you can enter the zip code for the area you wish to search and choose a distance from that zip code to search. You may optionally enter the last name of a preparer that you are searching for. Alternatively, you can omit the zip code and get a list of all preparers with the same last name. You may also choose which credential you wish to search for – CPA, Enrolled Agent, Attorney, or other. Read more

Help! Someone Just Contributed Bitcoin To My Church

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Bitcoin is a virtual currency also known as a cryptocurrency. It got that name because it uses cryptography to secure transactions. The good news is you don’t have to understand everything about it in order to use it. The bad news is you need to know how to receive and spend any bitcoin that you receive as a church, other organization, or individually. For purposes of this article, we will not go into the details of Bitcoin. The primary feature of it is that it is a decentralized “currency,” not controlled by any one central authority. It can’t tinker with monetary policy and cause a meltdown, nor can it be appropriated by a central authority – it is independent of any government.

In order to use Bitcoin, you must set up an account. There are miniscule fees involved and it is instant. If you want to spend it, you can spend it in Bitcoins or it can be redeemed. Read more

Learn How Tax Professionals Are Connecting With Taxpayers In A Tax Media Network

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Join me Thursday, January 22, 2015 for the webinar “Learn How Tax Professionals Are Connecting With Taxpayers In A Tax Media Network”.

If you are hanging out on other professional media sites and not attracting any clients, it is because you are not hanging out at the right place! TaxConnections has developed technology that builds relationships between tax professionals and taxpayers with the focus on converting these relationships to new customers.

Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will teach you how to position your tax reputation in front of millions searching for tax expertise right now. There is a better way to build your client base and it is faster, smarter and inexpensive. It costs less than one dollar a day Read more

The Unknown Tax Comic – Part 13

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♦ The government is really asking a lot of us this month – first we’re supposed to count how many people live in our home, then we’re supposed to count how much money we owe them. I actually got confused and accidentally sent a check to the census and a member of my household to the IRS. Sorry, grandma. (Jimmy Kimmel)

♦ What’s a shy and retiring accountant?
One that’s half-a-million shy and that’s why he’s retiring.

♦ A tax accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. “Doctor, I just can’t get to sleep at night.”
“Have you tried counting sheep?” Read more

2015 Is The Year of The Tax Professional – Learn Why

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2015 is the “Year of The Tax Professional” for many reasons you will discover as you become more familiar with TaxConnections. As a leading tax media network, TaxConnections is focused on building a media strategy for tax professionals. With more than 4000 members from 75 countries, what has emerged is a community of tax professionals working together to gain higher visibility and leverage on the web as a community banding together. In our case, aggregating tax professionals with a wide range of expertise in cooperation, communication, cross education is better for tax professionals and the taxpayers who want to find them. Taxpayers looking for tax expertise no longer have to research cluttered websites to find the tax expertise they need.  Likewise, tax professionals do not have to pay expensive advertising fees to get noticed as they can now remove themselves from all the Read more

Tax Professionals Happy With Powerful Technology Driving Client Acquisition

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Tax professionals around the world are enjoying great success! They discovered the newest technology driving client acquisition. After spending years listening to tax professionals in public accounting firms, law firms, and independent tax consultants searching for improved client acquisition strategies, we decided to come up with a solution. Now with four years of development and plenty of proof, we want to share with you the SECRETS that are responsible for driving new business to tax professionals worldwide. With millions of visitors searching www.taxconnections.com with the sole purpose of finding a tax expert to help them, we have studied carefully and learned about their successes. Read more

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