Jerry Jones CPA
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a CPA that you deal directly with, that knows the Self Storage business, that works in all 50 states and is there for you when you need him?
I own 3 storage properties (2 in one state and the other in another state over 100 miles away)and work a full-time job about 100 miles in another direction; with all my travelling I sometimes feel like I get behind the 8-ball. That is where I was on my taxes when I contacted Jerry to prepare them. It is not a good practice to be at the last minute and needing to have your taxes prepared, but Jerry met the deadline with exceptional professionalism. I am located approximately 2,500 miles across the country from Jerry but that has been no hindrance in receiving timely exceptional customer service from him. In discussions with Jerry, he has had made suggestions that has helped me improve my operations. His knowledge of the self-storage industry incorporated into your accounting and tax-planning of your operations will prove to be invaluable. I believe he will provide you with the highest level of accounting service and tax planning and preparation for being an owner in the self-storage industry.
Donnie Christian
Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia

Avoid the Rush: Taxpayers Must Validate Identity When Calling the IRS

IRS-identity-validation-Jerry-JonesThe Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers and tax professionals that they will be asked to verify their identities if they call the IRS. This is part of the agency's efforts to keep taxpayer data secure from identity thieves.

Days before and after Presidents Day mark the peak period for taxpayer phone calls to the IRS. To avoid the rush, callers should be prepared to verify their identities if they need to call the agency.

IRS call center professionals take great care to make certain that they only discuss personal information with the taxpayer or someone the taxpayer authorizes to speak on their behalf. To ensure that taxpayers do not have to call back, the IRS reminds taxpayers to have the following documents ready:

  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for those who were named on the tax return in question

  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) letter if the taxpayer has one in lieu of a Social Security number (SSN)

  • Filing status – Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Joint or Married Filing Separate

  • The prior-year tax return. Telephone assistors may need to verify taxpayer identity with information from the return before answering certain questions

  • A copy of the tax return in question

  • Any IRS letters or notices received by the taxpayer

Estate Litigation to Rise in 2018, LeClairRyan Attorney Predicts

estate-litigation-cpa-adviceWILLIAMSBURG, Va., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As baby boomers continue to age, the pace of estate litigation is accelerating, according to Will Sleeth, a partner in national law firm LeClairRyan's Williamsburg office and leader of the firm's Estate and Trust Litigation team.

"Changes in the federal estate tax have grabbed many of the headlines, but I expect four other estate litigation trends will move to the forefront in 2018," says Sleeth, who highlights some likely developments in a blog, 4 Estate Litigation Predictions For 2018.

Estate Litigation Volume: "We are very likely to see an increase in the volume of estate litigation in 2018," writes Sleeth in the post that appears in the firm's Estate Conflicts blog, which focuses on disputes involving wills, trusts, guardianships, and celebrity estates. One reason is the aging of our society; and with more money being passed down, "there's much more to fight over than at any time in the past," he observes.

Taxpayers with Expired ITINs Should Renew Them Now to File Their 2017 Taxes

ITIN-expired-tax-taxpayer-Jerry-JonesTaxpayers with an expired Individual Taxpayer Identification Number should renew it as soon as possible if they need to file a 2017 tax return. They can renew it by submitting a Form W-7. Tax returns with expired ITINs will face delays. Affected taxpayers may also lose out on key tax benefits until they renew their ITINs. It can take the IRS up to 11 weeks to complete an ITIN renewal during tax season.

Expired ITINs

ITINs that expired at the end of 2017 include those:

  • Not used on a tax return at least once in the past three years.
  • With middle digits of 70, 71, 72 or 80.

ITINs that have middle digits of 78 or 79 expired on December 31, 2016, but taxpayers can still renew them.

5 Things Your Kids Should Know Before They Inherit Your Money

inherited-IRA-tax-ramifications-Jerry-Jones-CPAAn inheritance shouldn't come as a big surprise to your beneficiaries. They need to be prepared for the gift, and the taxes and decisions that come with it. So even if it's awkward, you need to have a chat.

By MATT HAUSMAN,

Many parents fail to get their financial affairs in order, neglecting to take care of such things as wills, living wills and powers of attorney. But even those who think they've covered all of their estate-planning bases often leave one of the most important tasks undone: They fail to talk to their adult children about the money they'll be leaving them someday.

For many, I've found, it's because it's a private topic — and an uncomfortable one.

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