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S Corporation.

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Partnership.

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Gary Bode, CPA is a Master's Degreed, nation wide accountant offering tax and business services. Member of AICPA and NCACPA. Our virtual office provides excellent service to long distance and international clients. Call (910) 399-2705 for a free phone consult.

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I became totally and permanently disabled after a working for 44 years. I returned to college late in life (while working full-time) to fulfill my dream of becoming an RN and at that time found it necessary to secure student loans. Three years after being declared totally and permanently disabled my student loans were discharged. In January 2013 we received a 1099-C form declaring said student loans that were discharged however that amount could be considered as income for 2012. This was a large amount of money and we live on two pensions and social security income.

I started looking on the internet for information regarding 1099-C and felt that this was something that we could not handle alone. I made phone calls locally to a very reputable tax group in a city near us and they said it would cost $500 for an appointment and that they really prefer to do corporate taxes and they referred me to a local person who had worked for them at one time, we called and explained the situation and an appointment was made and then the comment was made that "I will have to do some research on this" and flags immediately went up and we called back and cancelled that appointment. I had been researching the IRSwebsite and every place else I could think of and I was not comfortable doing our own taxes this year. We called another local tax preparer that we had used in the past and made an appointment, however prior to the appointment, while still seeking information regarding our situation,

I came across a website for Gary l. Bode, MSA, CPA, PC in Wilmington, NC. I called Mr. Bodeand explained our situation and asked if he could help. He spoke very knowledgeably regarding the situation and stated that yes; he felt he could help us. As Mr. Bode was in North Carolina and we were in New York I scanned all of our documents including back-up documents for all of our claims and forwarded all to him. Mr. Bode kept in touch with us via email; we have spoken on the telephone several times and have become very comfortable with his knowledge and professionalism. Also, as I am a true "worrier" I have continued looking into information regarding our tax situation and I came upon another web page for Mr. Bode that included testimonials which spoke of his experience with this type of tax situation as it became prevalent during the recession. This reinforced in our minds that we had made the right decision in hiring this person as our tax preparer.

I share all of this as our taxes are now ready to be filed (we do owe tax for 2012 but not the astronomical figure we thought we were facing), and we are confident that they have been prepared with the utmost care by a gentleman who has an excellent working knowledge of the situation we faced and the tax laws that were applicable to said situation.

 

Bill and Carol

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Payroll CPA discusses Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

payroll cpa in Wilmington NC discusses Form I-9

Gary Bode, CPA: We offer training and ongoing payroll support to small companies. For a free phone consult, please call (910) 399-2705.

Form I-9 requires an employer to verify an employee’s federal employment eligibility. What a mouthful! But as a payroll CPA, I see employers ignoring Form I-9. It can seem trivial, since it doesn’t get filed with any governmental agency. It isn’t even an IRS form! But recent immigration laws give it a higher profile, as part of the ongoing illegal alien issue. Though unlikely to be inspected, non-compliance can incur large financial penalties and even jail time. Employers should keep Form I-9 on file for at least three years, or one year post-employment, whichever is later. The Department of Homeland Security can inspect Form I-9 with three days notice, but they don’t have the right to check the employee personnel files without a warrant.

Form I-9 is required for:

  • All employees to work in the United States regardless of age.
  • Employees hired to work at least a part of one day.
  • Agricultural recruiters and referrers.

Form I-9 is NOT required for:

  • Continuously employed employees, hired before November 7, 1986.
  • Folks performing domestic service in a private home that is sporadic, irregular, or intermittent.
  • Independent contractors.
  • Temp agencies.

Section 1

New employees complete Section 1 no later than the first day of work. Make it part of the hiring process. The employee provides their name, address, date of birth and Social Security number. The employee asserts one of three classifications:

  • US citizen.
  • Lawful permanent resident.
  • Alien authorized to work in the United States.

Don’t forget to have the employee sign and date. If a translator was needed, the translator has to sign, too.

Section 2

I suggest completing Section 2 before or on the first day of work. But the law allows you three business days. The employer inspects and then lists the documents provided by the employee. Keeping copies of employee documents is prudent. If an employee stalls or won’t comply, they should be terminated immediately to avoid penalties for knowingly employing a non-eligible employee.

Section 3

Use this for re-verifying an employee’s eligibility. But I would probably just complete another Form I-9.

Employers should read USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) Form M-274, Handbook for Employers for all the requirements including:

  • Special rules for employees under 18 years old.
  • Special rules for handicapped employees.

E-Verify

USCIS has a free online program to help employers verify the work status of new hires. The sign-up seems cumbersome, but it has a good customer satisfaction level.

We’re a CPA firm that provides payroll services. But we try to make your company payroll self-sufficient through training and ongoing support. We offer a free phone consult, just call (910) 399-2705.

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