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Tax Preparation for Married Couples

It’s wedding season! Walking down the aisle to say “I do” is the beginning of an exciting adventure for a married couple. The old saying “What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine” not only applies to those newlywed couples, but to Uncle Sam as well. Filing for taxes as a married couple […]

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Tax Preparation Software

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that approximately one-third of Americans wait until April to file. When you get down to the last minute, you may be tempted to take care of the paperwork yourself rather than trying to get an appointment with a CPA like John S. Curtin. […]

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Tax Return

We all want to get the most money possible out of our income tax returns. That statement seems simple enough, doesn’t it? However, it means different things to different people. Your individual financial situation plays a big part in what your overall tax strategy should be. When you work with a professional tax preparation […]

4 Reasons to Choose Professional Tax Preparation

It’s the end of January and that means one thing: tax time is around the corner. You’ve probably started receiving your tax documents in the mail. But what will you do with them as the April 15 deadline approaches? Will you choose to do your taxes yourself or will you go to a professional? You […]

Meet John S. Curtin, CPA Chartered

Are you looking for an accountant near you in the greater Baltimore area? Meet John S. Curtin, CPA Chartered. Our office in Ellicott City, MD provides a full range of tax and accounting services for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits.

Mr. Curtin has more than 40 years of experience in tax preparation. His […]

Benefits of Social Security and Self Employment Tax

Social security is more than a retirement fund.  There are additional benefits you, your spouse and children could receive depending upon your situation.

  • Retirement benefit for yourself.
  • Retirement benefit based on your  account for my spouse, if married at least 10 years,
  • Disability benefit for yourself at any age you may become disabled.
  • Disability benefit for your spouse as early as […]

Protect yourself from Identity Theft

Don’t let thieves steal from your mailbox!  Place your outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or secured mailboxes.  Collect your incoming mail as soon after delivery as possible.

Destroy junk mail credit card offers before discarding them.  Shred all old bank and credit card statements.  Look for information on documents that a thief could use to steal your identity […]

Surprise IRA Tax

While preparing 2012 individual tax returns in early 2013, we noticed a trickle of problems on Schedule K-1 from partnership investments in IRAs. That trickle became a flash flood this latest tax season. It is a problem which will erupt in an earthquake of tax and penalty if taxpayers receive an unexpected 1099-R […]