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12 Tips for Individuals Who Need to Reconstruct Records After a Disaster

Taxpayers who are victims of a disaster might need to reconstruct records to prov..


Understanding your 4883C Letter

We would like to remind our clients to watch for IRS notices and letters. If the ..


Tips for Teenage Taxpayers with Summer Jobs

Students and teenagers often get summer jobs to earn extra spending money or to s..


Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked by Small Business Owners

A reminder for small business owners who work from a home office that there are t..


8 Ways to Pay Your Tax Bill

If you owe federal tax, the IRS offers many easy ways to pay. Make sure you pay b..


10 Helpful Facts to Know about Capital Gains and Losses

When a person sells a capital asset, the sale normally results in a capital gain ..


Reminder: ACA information Reporting Deadlines Approaching

Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting ..


IRS Offers Tips on Validating Your Identity on Your Tax Returns

You should always keep a copy of your tax return. It is even more important for 2..


IRS Reminds Extension Filers Of The Oct. 17 Deadline

Millions of taxpayers ask for an extra six months to file their taxes every year...


Preparing Your Business for New Filing Deadlines

Preparing Your Business for New Filing Deadlines In July of 2015, Congress pa..


Succeed at Succession by Building Your Internal Bench

Succession planning has fallen off the radar for many companies in the current co..


Students, Parents, Schools: Be Aware of Back-To-School Scams

The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting..


Understanding Your IRS Notice Or Letter

You filed your taxes and now you get a letter from the IRS. What should you do? ..


Summer Day Camp Expenses May Qualify for A Tax Credit

Day camps are common during the summer months. Many parents enroll their children..


Louisiana Sales Tax Changes Effective April 1, 2016

In the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Legislature ending March 9, 2016, ..


What You Need to Know About Taxable And Non-Taxable Income

All income is taxable unless a law specifically says it isn’t. Here are som..


Remain Vigilant And Alert To New Phishing Scams

A reminder to be on the lookout for continuing attempts to compromise various types o..


Meaux and Roberie Promoted

DARNALL, SIKES, GARDES & FREDERICK (A Corporation of Certified Public Account..


Tips For Using Credit Bureaus To Help Protect Your Financial Accounts

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, you should contact one of the ..


Tips For Year-End Gifts To Charity

For individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity, please con..


Most Retirees Need To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions by Dec. 31

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers born before July 1, 1945, that they ge..


College Tax Credits for 2015

Reminder for Parents and Students: now is a good time to see if you will qualify ..


Ten Key Tax Facts About Home Sales

September 2015 In most cases, gains from sales are taxable. But did you kno..


Ten Things To Know About Identity Theft And Your Taxes

Learning you are a victim of identity theft can be a stressful event. Identity th..


Tax Tips for Students With Summer Jobs

Students often get a job in the summer. If it’s your first job it gives you..


Businesses in U.S. Territories Must File Form 8300 with the IRS on Cash Transactions Of $10,000+

Businesses in U.S. territories must file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments ..


IRS - Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent ..


Important 2015 First Quarter Federal Tax Developments

During the first quarter of 2015, there were many important federal tax developme..


Social Security Announces New Online Service For Replacement SSA-1099s

February 2015 Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin, ha..


Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that interest rates will remain the sa..


In 2015, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments

For tax year 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced annual inflation adjust..


Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

It was announced that the interest rates will remain the same for the calendar qu..


A Summer Adjustment Can Prevent a Tax-Time Surprise

When it comes to filing a federal tax return, many people discover that they eith..


Tips For Dealing With Gambling Income And Losses

Whether you like to play the ponies, roll the dice or pull the slots, your gambli..


Darnall, Sikes, Gardes and Frederick Offers First Scholarship for Masters of Accounting Program

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick recently made a scholarship gift to the B...


Prepare For Hurricanes, Natural Disasters By Safeguarding Tax Records

With the start of hurricane season our firms encourage individuals and businesses..


What You Should Know About the Additional Medicare Tax

Starting in 2013, you may be liable for an Additional Medicare Tax if your income..


Eight Facts to Know If You Receive an IRS Letter or Notice

The IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers for a variety of reaso..


Tips for U.S. Taxpayers With Foreign Income

Earning money abroad may require you to declare said income to the IRS as pa..


Parents Should Take Advantage Of Tax Credits

Some of the most valuable tax credits are for parents. The following seven credit..


Report Name Change Before You File Taxes

Did you change your name last year? Did your dependent have a name change? I..


Tax Season Opens January 31!

January 2014 The 2014 filing season will open on January 31. This means that..


Curry, Saltzman and Crochet Promoted to Partner

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick (A Corporation of Certified Public Account..


Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick Mourns the Death of Partner and Shareholder, Barbara Watts

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick is deeply saddened to announce today that ..


Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase For 2014

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearl..


Paint the Town Red 2013

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick joined forces with Van Eaton & Romero,..


Did You Move This Summer?

Moving for work is stressful and a pain, but it may net you tax benefits. These b..


Ten Tax Tips For Individuals Selling Their Home

If you’re selling your primary residence this year, you should take a look ..


You Owe Taxes. Now, How Do You Pay The IRS?

Nobody likes paying the IRS, and it is even less appealing when you receive an un..


Keep The Child Care Credit In Mind For Summer

If you are a working parent or plan to look for work this summer, you may need to..


A Brief Overview Of Depreciation

Depreciation is an income tax deduction that allows a taxpayer to recover th..


Prepare For Hurricanes, Disasters By Safeguarding Tax Records

With the early start of this year’s hurricane season, the our firm would li..


Important Facts About Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

If your lender cancelled or forgave your mortgage debt, you generally have to pay..


Parents And Students: Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2013 And Years Ahead

This tax season is a good time to see if you qualify for either of two college ed..


IRS Announces Simplified Option For Claiming home Office Deduction Starting This Year

Many home-based workers take advantage of the home office deduction when computin..


Tax Incentives For Higher Education

The tax code provides a variety of tax incentives for families who are saving for..


IRS Provides Updated Withholding Guidance For 2013

In light of the recent changes surrounding the Fiscal Cliff, the IRS recently rel..


Standard Mileage Rates for 2013

Each year, the IRS revises the mileage rates for the use of vehicles in certain a..


What You Need To Know About The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

How will the credit make a difference for you? For tax years 2010 through 2013, t..


2013, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments

Recently, the IRS released new amounts for various tax benefits that are impacted..


IRS Announces 2013 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute Up to $17,500 to Their 401(K)

Recently, the IRS announced the cost-of-living adjustments for pension plans and ..


10 Steps to Setting Up a Payroll System

One of the most important things your business must do to operate is withhold the..


Back-To-School Tips For Students and Parents Paying College Expenses

It’s that time of year again for most students, and whether you’re a ..

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