Key Deadlines and Changes for the 2023 Tax Season

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The IRS also provides other free assistance services, such as its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly for qualified individuals.

Important Dates for the 2023 Tax Filing Season

  • IRS Free Filing Opens for the season – Jan. 13

    Opening 10 days earlier than the regular official start of the season, the IRS free file program offers taxpayers making less than $73,000 in 2022 to file free of charge using online tax software.

  • Estimated Tax Payments for the 2022 tax year 4th quarter – Jan. 17
  • First day the IRS starts accepting and processing 2023 tax season (2022 fiscal year) individual tax returns – Jan. 23
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day – Jan. 27

    This day is designed to raise awareness of the EITC availability to low- and moderate-income workers and families who may qualify but are unaware.       

  • Due date for 2022 tax returns to be filed or extension requested, tax due to be paid – April 18

    This deadline is an additional three days beyond the typical deadline of April 15, granted due to the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., and the way the weekend falls.         

    Note that refunds are expected to be issued in 21 days or less (if using the direct deposit option and filing electronically).

  • Due date for 2022 individual tax returns put on extension – Oct. 16     

Gather Your Important Documents 

Keeping these dates and deadlines in mind, make sure you organize and gather all your tax records and documents as you receive them electronically or in the mail. This will make it faster and easier to work with your tax professional.

Conclusion

Keep in mind the above dates as you organize and prepare for the 2023 tax season. Doing so will make your life much easier and less stressful when it comes to taxes.

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Why You Might Not Need a New Budget for the New Year

YNAB, has a good explanation about why this is so. He says that this very term (budget) is among the reasons that people don’t follow through with setting one – and sticking with it. He says that generally, people think it means restriction, deprivation, or diet. What you need, he says, is a shift in perspective. If you think about a budget being a plan for intentional spending, no matter what year it is, you always want to be intentional. Makes good sense, right?

Some Budgets Might Even Cause Harm

Dana Miranda, founder of the “budget-free” financial ed website Healthy Rich, believes that budgets can do more harm than good. She says that people inevitably feel like they’re failing and aim for a fresh start at the beginning of the year, but no amount of recommitting to budgeting can make the realities of your life fit into the unrealistic restriction of a budget. Miranda says when people are stressed about money, they budget. When they succeed, it’s great. But when they fail, they feel like a failure and, consequently, are even more stressed, much like dieting.

Alternatives to Budgeting

Here are three other ways to get a handle on your finances in the New Year.

Track Your Goals

We’re not talking about counting every dollar but focusing on goals. Instead of not overspending, eating out less, or avoiding online shopping, find areas in your budget that can help you accomplish your goals – one at a time. For instance, if you want to save for college for your kids, buy an investment property, or create a vacation fund, set up a tracker with a defined timeline and work toward that. It’s easier to narrowly focus on one important goal than on everything all at once.

Create an Annual Budget

This is in contrast to a monthly budget. This helps you accommodate for variables – life stuff – that inevitably come your way and knock you off course. According to Harris, take time to map out monthly costs, travel plans, and home renovations, along with any one-time and variable recurring costs. The bills you pay regularly are easy to anticipate; it’s the ones you don’t that will throw you a curveball.

Look at Your Relationship With Money

Ask yourself things like:

  • Do I find joy in the way I make money?
  • Are the commitments I made (like a monthly savings amount) still working for me?
  • Am I achieving what I want?
  • Am I at peace with the way I spend?

Harris says self-awareness found through journaling, meditation, yoga, and prayer are great ways to harness conscious spending. They contribute, she says, to helping you become more intentional with the way you spend.

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. However, with a few helpful hints like these, you can get better and better every day.

Sources

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-finance/new-budget-new-years-resolution/

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How To Use Natural Language Processing To Improve The Efficiency Of Accounting Processes

incorporated NLP into its Audit Command Language to improve contract compliance.

How NLP Can Improve the Efficiency of Accounting Processes

Areas in which NLP helps improve efficiency include:

  1. Forensic Investigations
    When CPAs want to perform forensic investigations, they have to deal with significant amounts of data from documents such as bank statements, transaction data tables, and data found in emails or deposition transcripts. Analyzing all the data as they try to look for specific patterns or gain insights is challenging. However, the application of NLP can be helpful in the investigative analysis process. NLP using algorithms can identify patterns automatically and reduce the time it would have taken to analyze the documents.
  2. Accounting and Auditing
    Auditing is challenging due to the process of reviewing financial statements and ensuring they match regulations and legal standards. Auditors must have excellent analytical and decision-making skills to spot inaccuracies in financial statements. However, NLP helps to optimize the auditing process.
  3. Financial Analysis and Automated Generation of Financial Reports
    NLP can automatically extract financial data from balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. This can cut down on time and error-prone work. At the same time, it can obtain insights from massive financial data sets and financial reports. This enables accountants to make data-driven decisions and quickly identify trends and patterns in the data, hence, making it easy to provide guidance to clients on investments and household finances.
  4. Automated Data Entry
    NLP can be used to extract data automatically from unstructured text documents, including bills and receipts. It also can be used to automate the entry of data from tax documents and input it into accounting systems. This can cut down on time and error-prone work.
  5. Improve Centralized Data Management Solutions
    Incorporating NLP in accounting and procurement helps improve the ability of a centralized data management system to collect and integrate data from different sources. This enables standardization and collaboration. Additionally, the data provided has higher-quality insights. As a result, there is better financial planning and improved risk assessment and management.
  6. Customer Interaction
    NLP can be used to enhance the effectiveness of customer interaction. This is done by automating the procedure for responding to client inquiries, such as concerning invoices, payments, and account balances.

Conclusion

Natural language processing is proving to be a powerful technology that can help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of accounting processes. As it continues to evolve, it will likely become an increasingly important tool for accountants and other financial professionals. Most importantly, these advanced technologies take care of manually reviewing unstructured data. This helps businesses scale and – at the same time – reduce costs.

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Understanding the Weighted Average Cost (WAC) Method for Inventory Valuation

tranche contributes to the overall valuation of its cost of goods sold (COGS) and inventory. Recognized by both GAAP and IFRS, it’s determined by taking the cost of goods available for sale and dividing it by the quantity of inventory ready to be sold. It’s important to note that while WAC is a generally accepted accounting principle, it’s not as precise as FIFO or LIFO; however, it is effective at assigning average cost of production to a given product.

It’s done primarily for types of inventories where parts are so intertwined that it makes it problematic to attribute clear-cut expenditures to a particular part. This often happens when stockpiles of parts are indistinguishable from each other. It also accounts for businesses offering their inventory for sale all at once. Here’s a visual representation of the formula: 

Weighted Average Cost (WAC) Method Formula

WAC per unit = Cost of goods available for sale / Units available for sale

Costs of goods available for sale is determined by adding new purchases of inventory to the value of what the business already had in its existing stock. Units available for sale is how many saleable items the company possesses. Its value is assessed per item and encompasses starting inventory and additional purchases.

When it comes to calculating WAC, there are two different types of inventory analysis systems: periodic and perpetual.

Periodic Inventory System

In this system, the business tallies its inventory at the end of the accounting period – be it a quarter, half or fiscal year – and analyzes how much the inventory costs. This then determines the value of the remaining inventory. The COGS is then calculated by adding how much starting, final, and additional inventory within the accounting period cost.

Perpetual Inventory System

This system puts a bigger emphasis on more real-time management of its stock levels. The trade-off for such real-time tracking of inventory requires more company financial resources. Looking at an example of how a company began its fiscal year with the following inventory can illustrate how it works.

At the beginning of the year, a company had 1,000 units, costing $50 per unit. It also made three additional inventory purchases going forward.

Jan 20: 75 units costing $100 = $7,500

Feb 17: 150 units costing $150 = $22,500

March 18: 300 units costing $200 = $60,000

During the fiscal year, the business sold:

235 units sold during the last week of February

325 units sold during the last week of March

Looking at the Periodic Inventory System, for the first three months of its fiscal year, the company can determine its COGS and the number of items ready to be sold over the first three months of its fiscal year.

WAC per item – ($50,000 + $7,500 + $22,500 + $60,000) / 1,525 = $91.80

Based on this method, the WAC per unit would be multiplied by the number of units sold during the accounting period, therefore:

560 units x $91.80 = $51,408 (inventory sold)

To calculate the final inventory value, we take the entire purchase cost and subtract the remaining inventory to arrive at the valuation:

$140,000 – $51,408 = $88,592

Perpetual Inventory System

Unlike the periodic inventory system, this looks at determining the mean prior to the transaction of items:

This would calculate the average before the 235 units were sold during the last week of February:

WAC for each item: ($50,000 + $7,500 + $22,500) / 1,225 = $65.31

Looking at the 235 units sold during the last week of February, it’s calculated as follows:

235 x $65.31 = $15,347.85 (inventory sold)

$80,000 – $15,347.85 = $64,652.15 (remaining inventory value)

Before calculating for the 325 units sold the last week of March, the unit valuation per WAC is: ($64,652.15 + $60,000) / (1225 – 235 + 300) = 1290 = $96.63

Looking at the 325 units sold during the last week of March is calculated as follows:

325 x $96.63 = $31,404.75 (inventory sold)

$124,652.15 – $31,404.75 = $93,247.40 (remaining inventory)

Based on these options, businesses have the choice, along with LIFO and FIFO, to decide how they want to vary it based on their own business needs.

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5 Financial Resolutions You Can Live With

Ibotta. Let’s say you want to buy a new pair of running shoes, a good brand that’ll really last. With this app, you’ll save on everyday purchases, and when you’ve earned enough cash back, you can cash it in for a gift card from your selected store and get what you really want.

Consider micro savings goals. This technique is actually about rewarding yourself financially for changing your behavior. For instance, every time you go to yoga or Pilates, stash away $5. Or if you wake up early or finish a difficult task, stash away $10. When you’ve saved enough money to buy whatever it is you’ve decided on beforehand, you’ve not only avoided the trap of putting your goodie on credit (and paying interest), but also most likely started a new, healthy habit.

Set up an automatic savings plan. After you’ve paid taxes, insurance premiums, and perhaps even your retirement account, you might consider tucking away money for yourself that you’ll never miss. Every. Single. Paycheck. That’s right. When you automatically have a set amount deducted every time you get paid, over time, you’ll accumulate a bucket of money to use in whatever way you deem important – it could be saving for a vacation or a new car. It could also be a fund for emergencies. The point is it’s an easy, failsafe way to save and achieve your goals.

Do one frugal thing a day. This is all about a little bit of forethought and then just taking action. And when you adopt this mindset, you’ll be working daily toward your financial goals like paying off debt, saving money to quit a job you hate, or even having enough extra cash to invest in real estate or whatever strikes your fancy. Here are a few things to consider: drink more water than soda. Eat at home. Use public transportation instead of driving when you can. But this just scratches the surface. For more smart ways to start living frugally, check out this super helpful article. You’ll be surprised at all the ways you can cut back and save.

All of these tricks are easy and, in some cases, no-brainers. When you take a few minutes, set your mind on what you want, anything’s possible. Here’s to fulfilling your dreams in the New Year!

Sources

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