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Missy Dennis

Missy Dennis
Missy is a Partner at FJ & Associates, PLLC. She has over nine years of public accounting experience. Her public accounting experience has included tax, consulting and audit, with experience in a variety of industries such as low-income housing tax credits and non-profit accounting and small tax preparation. Missy is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Utah.

Recent Posts

Do You Need To File a 2020 Tax Return?

Posted by Missy Dennis on Feb 4, 2021 8:09:00 AM

Most people file a tax return because they have to, but even if you don't, there are times when you should - because you might be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. The tax tips below should help you determine whether you're one of them.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Return

Protecting Business Taxpayers From Identity Theft

Posted by Missy Dennis on Feb 2, 2021 8:12:00 AM

Starting December 13, 2020, the IRS began masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts. Previously, only sensitive data on individual tax transcripts was masked.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Tax Transcript

Understanding the Excise Tax

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jan 28, 2021 8:16:00 AM

An excise tax is a tax that is generally imposed on the sale of specific goods or services, or on certain uses. Examples of things a federal excise tax is usually imposed on include the sale of fuel, airline tickets, heavy trucks and highway tractors, indoor tanning, tires, and tobacco, as well as other goods and services. Excise taxes are imposed on a wide variety of goods, services and activities and may be imposed at the time of:

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Excise Tax, Business Expenses

Employee Business Expense Deductions: Who Qualifies?

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jan 13, 2021 8:12:00 AM

Prior to tax reform, an employee was able to deduct unreimbursed job expenses, along with certain other miscellaneous expenses, that was more than two percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) as long as they itemized instead of taking the standard deduction. Starting in 2018, however, most taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions unless they are a qualified employee or an eligible educator.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Deduction, Business Expenses

Retirement Contributions Limits Announced for 2021

Posted by Missy Dennis on Dec 30, 2020 8:08:00 AM

Cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for 2021 are as follows:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement

Charitable Donation Deduction Could Lower Your Tax Bill

Posted by Missy Dennis on Dec 8, 2020 8:17:00 AM

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes that help charitable organizations. One such provision allows taxpayers to deduct cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Deduction, Tax Return, Nonprofit, Tax Preparation

Tips for Taxpayers: Backup Withholding

Posted by Missy Dennis on Nov 5, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Taxpayers receiving certain types of income typically reported on certain Forms 1099 and W-2G may need to have backup withholding deducted from these payments. Here are three tips to help taxpayers understand backup withholding:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Return

Final Regulations for 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation

Posted by Missy Dennis on Oct 28, 2020 8:17:00 AM

Final regulations have been issued by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service implementing the 100% additional first-year depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off the cost of most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service by the business.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Tax Deduction

File Cash Transaction Reports Electronically

Posted by Missy Dennis on Oct 20, 2020 8:16:00 AM

Businesses that receive cash transactions of more than $10,000 must report these payments to the IRS. Now businesses can batch file their cash reports; this is especially helpful for those required to file many forms. Let's take a look at several key points that taxpayers should know about reporting cash transactions.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes

Avoid Refund Delays by Renewing Expiring ITINs Now

Posted by Missy Dennis on Oct 7, 2020 8:10:00 AM

People who are not eligible for a Social Security number must use individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) if they have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law. Periodically and under certain circumstances, these ITINs expire and should be renewed as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays related to tax refunds next year.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation, ITIN

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