Hello from your Tour Guide, Rick Walter

Rick Walter, CPA
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Welcome to my inaugural ‘Blog’. I am not a Facebook person so I am unaccustomed to posting my thoughts on-line. However, I’ve been told that I like to talk a lot and since the field of tax and accounting is where I live, this would be a great place to start.

I plan to also comment on other areas of life in addition to the exciting world of taxes. I encourage feedback from my readers and also any questions that can be answered in the space provided for a weekly blog (nothing about the meaning of life, please).

As with most businesses, a CPA firm has its productive season. That would be the months January thru April where we prepare around 1,100 tax returns; just over half of the returns we will file in a year. With the new year, comes the realization that I will be living in my office seven days a week for the foreseeable future. When I was younger, I never liked the tax season hours, nor did my wife with two little ones at home. Now that they are big kids (Megan just graduated from WSU), my wife is able to ignore the long days of tax season and I get into a routine of 7am to 7pm.

So, I’m sure you are waiting for some words of wisdom relating to tax filing that you can use this year. Here you go:

Don’t talk to your neighbors about your taxes: They shouldn’t have that kind of information about you.

Don’t take tax advice from your doctor: It will almost always be wrong or not applicable to your situation.

Don’t discuss any tax related issues on Facebook: Believe it or not, the IRS is monitoring these postings for possible investigation.

Thanks for listening and I will talk at you next week.

Author: Rick Walter, CPA

Rick Walter brings over 25 years of professional tax and accounting experience to Hutchinson & Walter. Specializing in small to mid-size business entities and start up organizations, Rick brings a deep understanding of the unique tax compliance and accounting issues specific to those entities.

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