Sports & Taxes Collide!!

Rick Walter, CPA
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When you ask someone about CPAs they usually think of tax season and April 15th. Little do they know that there is another tax season during the year – from September 1st to October 15th. I would go out on a limb and say that close to 40% of all returns filed each year happen during this period.

I might have made that statistic up but that’s my job, estimating numbers when actual numbers can’t (Ed note: won’t) be determined

My plan is to reach out to all of you who took the time to share my name and number with a friend, customer, colleague.

Back to the theme – at the same time this mini tax season is occurring, the Mariners are in a pennant race, the defending champion Seahawks have a few home games, these are the last good weeks to golf, and my son is being inducted to his college sports hall of fame (my beautiful wife and I are especially proud of that last fact.)

So my job during this period is to balance work life with my sports life. We have reached out to many of you to remind you of your filing responsibility. In addition, we want you to come see us as early as possible. Not only do we have your individual returns to complete, but for many of you, we have your Trust, Partnership, and S Corporation returns to prepare.

I’m sure you are ready to submit your data but you are afraid that we will not be available to take your call during this highly charged sports period. Not so – we have operators standing by. We have our starting lineup to carry the ball for you and score a refund (probably shouldn’t guarantee that.)

Getting your return filed is difficult – I understand that. It’s kind of like getting your teeth cleaned – there is the fear factor of bad news but the obligation to have it done and over with should take priority. I hope that when we meet, we get a chance to discuss life and kids and grandkids, vacations that happened and vacations yet to come. Try getting that conversation in with your dentist while their fingers are in your mouth.

To summarize: Get your return done, get your teeth cleaned, Go Mariners, Go Seahawks, shoot a 74, and enjoy your family as much as possible.

Thanks for listening and I will talk at you again.

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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