Latest in iPhone Apps

August 24, 2010

I recently started using an iPhone, and I’m still trying to figure out how to use it! It came with many “apps” installed, yet I feel many of them are silly, or even worse, useless. For instance, Shazam, the app that helps you find the name of a song you hear playing whose title you have forgotten….. For me, that’s not a killer app!!

As I discover apps that have real usefulness, especially business usefulness, I’m going to share them here.

One I really like is “White Pages Mobile” – if you’re on the road, away from home and computer, and you need a phone number quickly, you can use this – you also get the address and other info. And when you look at your call log, you will see the actual name, not just the number, of the party you just called. Just used this last weekend.

Audit Tips

August 12, 2010

According to Money Magazine, tax audits by the IRS are on the rise – the number of audits each year has risen over the past 10 years, and this trend is expected to continue.

How to protect yourself when the IRS comes calling? Here are a few tips:

  1. Respond in a timely manner – the letter you get will outline a specific deadline for response. Although we don’t relish facing the music when it comes to a request from the IRS, delays may cost you your ability to fight.
  2. It can help to have a pro on your side, if the issues are complex – if just a matter of supplying documents, then you may be able to handle on your own. The best course is to contact your preparer right away (see timing, item number one above) and involve him or her on your response to the IRS.
  3. Any information you supply can be used against you – best to have a full understanding of the implications before you give information beyond what is being requested by your auditor.

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