Posted 4/13/10 at 5:13 PM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA on Helping America Keep Your Tax Returns Simple
Pay Only Your Lowest Legal Possible Tax
The first page of Form 1040 is used to calculate the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. While many people think of their income as what is reported on form W-2, there are some other additions (and possibly some deductions) that have to be made as well. Itemizing deductions on your personal return can result in paying a smaller tax. However the rules on what can be deducted and what can't are fairly strict. Using a guide/CPA and a tax checklist are your first step to ensuring that an accurate fair and just return and to ensure that you pay only your lowest legal possible tax. Below is letter we might utilize to help a client ensure their returns are both complete and correct:
Posted 4/13/10 at 8:03 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA on Using Estimated Tax Payment Forms/IRS Form 1040ES
Perhaps the most common error is the failure of taxpayers to anticipate their current year's taxable income and to plan ahead by paying the IRS and state taxes as the income is earned. Failure of taxpayers in any of the above areas will also negatively impact their ability to plan for and pay their taxes on a timely basis. Also the U.S. tax system is a graduated system in which the marginal tax rates increase as does a taxpayers income. Taxpayers fail to see their return as the dynamic calculation that it is, as income and lifestyle changes and tax law continually impact a taxpayer's final calculation of tax liability.
Posted 4/12/10 at 9:20 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA on Helping America Business Owners on Business Startup Issues. Incorporating and Entity Selection
As a Believer and a CPA, we are all called to do as Jesus did and look to serve others. As we lean not on our own understanding but that of God's we should seek out ways and opportunities to be the very hands and feet of Jesus Christ in a lost and fallen world. Below is sample letter we might receive and our response:
I am a Christian going through many transitions in life. I am soon to be single again, unfortunately, and I need an accountant to help me learn to take care of my personal finances once that takes place.
Posted 4/11/10 at 7:44 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA Encourages Believers to Do Everything You Do as Doing it for the Very Glory of God...Taking Christianity Into the World
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
I had the unique opportunity to meet with two college age men today who had begun a new venture to not only help support themselves a bit but more importantly to be both "Eco-Friendly" and to Help Make a Difference in this World by sharing part of their efforts with others who are less fortunate throughout the world. I was not only honored by their presence but the ability to help donate back to our new generation by offering Godly wisdom, wise counsel and encouragement. For it is when we give back to others that we are most like Jesus Christa and can best answer the question: WWJD - What Would Jesus Do.
Posted 4/10/10 at 9:59 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta Christian CPA Dares You to " Dare to Attempt Something so Great for the Kingdom of God that it is doomed to failure, lest Christ be in it! "
Getting Ready for the Journey of a Lifetime...Taking Christ to the desert of NM
If you will let go and let God, you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams on our Mission Trip to Serve the Navajo in the desert of New Mexico. As we seek to be the very hands and feet of Christ I am reminded of His words:
John 14:12-14 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Posted 4/9/10 at 5:58 PM | John Dillard
Chelsea Carr to Sing at Northpoint Community Church on Sunday, April 11, 2010
Chelsea Carr, my niece and singer extraordinaire is set to sing this coming Sunday at
North Point Community Church | 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022 | 678.892.5000 where some 23,000 plus Believers/Christians worship.
Northpoint Community Church since its inception has looked to bring people into a closer walk with Christ. Now of the Top 5 Churches in the whole of the United States, Northpoint continues to lead in sharing with church leaders (called Inside North Point and available on their web site) free ideas, materials and information to Christian ministry leaders.
Posted 4/9/10 at 8:53 AM | John Dillard
Christian CPA Invites Leaders Throughout America to Join us in Navajo Family Indian Missions Video/Vision...Taking Christianity Into the World
If you believe a picture is worth a thousand words then perhaps this is a Million Dollar Video. I invite you to see what God is doing with Navajo Family Missions as we Take Christianity Into the World.
I entreat you to pray before you watch, that you watch with a open heart, and then that you listen to the Lion of Judah, Our God, speaking to your heart. See God at work on the reservation at http://bit.ly/QS0V9
If you listen and watch with an open heart, it will change your world. Like the story of Nehemiah and indeed even the heart of Christ we are called to be open to the needs and wants of a hurting world.
In the fall of 2006, John Albrycht, the Youth Pastor at Plentitude Baptist Church involved his youth group in the secret restoration of a 1971 VW Beetle. The project was dubbed "Bugs4Christ" and the Beetle soon became an object lesson in how God wants to restore our hearts to a right relationship with him. John wanted his youth to understand the mandate of Hebrews 10:23-25: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching!" He wanted his youth to feel the power of encouraging others by restoring and giving the gift of unconditional love to the owner of the vintage car. Since that first incredible project, the members of this ministry have been involved in several other restoration projects. They are nearing the completion of a blue customized 1972 Super Beetle and they have just begun the restoration of another 1971 Super Beetle.
Our Purpose: Mentor young men and women in their walk with Christ, while teaching them how to restore Volkswagen Beetles. We also model for them Christ's unconditional love by giving these vehicles to those in need.
Posted 4/8/10 at 12:28 PM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA Offers Tips to the Proper Preparation of Financial Statements & Bookkeeping for America's Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Business owners throughout America of all sizes need assistance/guiding/help with their bookkeeping/financial statements and accounting needs. Whether assisting a startup create a business plan, obtain financing, establish proper financial and accounting procedures, to acting as a part time CFO. Your outside CPA can do much to help your business advance to the next level of profitability, by assisting with a wide variety of services.
Bookkeeping for America's Small Business Keeping your company legitimate is to make sure that you keep your personal expenses separate from your business expenses. To keep and maintain a clear delineation of your company from your personal affairs you should only pay business expenses out of your business/corporate account. Accordingly you will want to ensure that you only issue monies for your personal affairs out of your business and not out of your corporate account/monies. Learn the ABC's of accounting for the business and financial operations of your business. Visit http://www.hiscpa.com/keeping-books.html
Posted 4/7/10 at 5:21 PM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA on Avoiding Mistakes and Audits When Preparing Your Personal Returns
Avoidance of these common mistakes will greatly assist you in the proper preparation of your tax return, will help you avoid unnecessary IRS tax penalties and interest, and help you keep your tax bill as low as legally possible. Lift up the veil and discover how long and what types of records you should retain and for how long are often the point of consternation for many taxpayers. Learn what you need to keep so that you are never unduly surprised if ever asked to reproduce documents. Below is a sample letter we might send a client to ensure that both a proper return is prepared and only the Lowest Legal Possible Tax is Paid.
Posted 4/7/10 at 9:57 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA Presents An Open Letter to the Dallas Cowboys & Jerry Jones
We have been doing Family Mission Work to the Navajo in NM for twenty years. There is a huge Cowboy fan, Nelson, that this year were are going to paint his home cowboy colors. Nelson is 40 and has spent the last 20 years in a wheelchair as an invalid due to a car accident. We will be there the week of July 10, 2010. This year we will be taking 80 plus from our church here in Atlanta. I was seeking to see if you might have a past or present player who would be willing to attend.