Long Island CPA Firm Diapoules & Feinstein CPAs P.C. Offers Advice After IRS Opens 2012 Filing

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Diapoules and Feinstein CPAs P.C., a Long Island CPA firm, responds to an article about the particulars of the 2012 filing season.

On February 13, 2013, Jim Diapoules of Long Island CPA firm Diapoules & Feinstein CPAs P.C. responds to an article on Palo Alto Patch announcing the opening of the 2012-filing season on January 30, 2013.

According to the Palo Alto Patch article, the IRS set back its opening date eight days for this year as compared to previous years. “You can blame the delay on the wrangling over the federal ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis and the new tax bill Congress passed just after Dec. 31,” stated the article. “Electronic filing season was originally set to start on Jan. 22 this year.” The author advised that although most taxpayers will have been able to file on opening day, filers should be aware that some revised forms may not be available immediately.

The article offers tips for taxpayers who are considering choosing a tax expert, such as acting quickly – seek a qualified CPA and start the filing process immediately to receive refunds as soon as possible. “Make sure your preparer is up to date on recent tax changes and understands how those changes may affect you,” added the author. “Ongoing, updated training is also key, since tax law changes often.”

Jim Diapoules, partner at the Long Island accounting firm Diapoules &Feinsteins CPAs P.C. responds to the article by stating, “One of the most difficult aspect of having a CPA practice is keeping yourself and your staff up to dates on tax law changes. Due to the new tax law, CPA’s, EA’s and attorneys throughout the country have been attending a fair number of seminars trying to get up to speed on the new law. The author is correct in that a person shouldn’t be afraid to ask their CPA, EA or Attorney what they’ve done to learn the law, as they should be assured that their tax preparer has acquainted themselves with the many changes that have occurred.

Another point they make that we agree with is not to delay in meeting with your preparer. Even though the IRS has delayed their tax season, taxpayers should not delay in setting up an appointment with their tax preparer. While all of the necessary forms may not be available to file, a person who has received all their tax documents should have their tax returns prepared as soon as possible. This is so their returns will be ready to be efiled once the IRS starts accepting returns. The sooner your return is filed, the sooner you will be receiving your refund, if you are lucky enough to be getting one.”

Diapoules and Feinstein CPAs P.C. have been providing accounting, auditing and tax services to Greater New York City area since 1989. D&F provides our clients with great personal attention and years of professional experience in order to see them succeed and help them to feel confident.


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