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Subject:Re: Off topic - help with 1099 From:Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> To:Tech-wrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 19 May 2015 14:19:15 -0700
I think an accountant is expensive overkill for a tech-writing
freelancer with simple 1099 income from a few clients. The latest
version is much smarter than it was a few years ago in guiding you to
put your expenses in the right categories, and typically a tech writer
doesn't have that many deductible expenses other than mileage, health
insurance, tax preparation / software, and maybe a home office (which
again TurboTax is smart about).
On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM, Al Geist <al -at- geistarts -dot- com> wrote:
> Do you have an accountant? If you do, then he/she is the one to answer your
> questions. Turbo Tax is a great program, but an accountant will assist you
> in answering the questions Turbo Tax asks. We used an accountant to set up
> our accounts after retiring from technical writing full-time and entering
> the wonderful world of Social Security and professional photography. Once
> they were set up, it was off to the horse races. We use Quicken for Home and
> Business and found it easy to simply link the two programs. When we tried it
> the first time, without ensuring all our accounts were correct and
> categorized properly, it was a disaster.
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