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The End of Tax Season!

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April 17th, 2012

By my unofficial count, this is my 30th tax season.  I worked for a small CPA firm in downtown Seattle during my first tax season (while attending college at the University of Washington and being newly married) and the owner giving me a set of partnership returns to work on.  I was so proud of finishing up the returns in a timely manner and presenting them to the owner.

My pride lasted for about five seconds as the owner looked up at me and asked me where my workpapers were.  I had prepared the tax return without making a copy of any workpapers to back up the numbers.  Needless to say, my tax returns after that had workpapers (although many of my friends still say I keep too much in my head and not enough on paper).

Today is the official end of the 2012 tax season and due to our office changing software, I must say it has been a little more difficult than normal and all of the returns took a little longer than usual, but our employees did a great job and our clients, as usual, gave us some grace.

I just want to take this time to say thanks to all of our readers for their questions during the season and our readership continues to grow each month and I look forward to my 31st tax season next year.

I will be traveling to the Midwest next week, Missouri on Monday, Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday, Illinois on Thursday and Wisconsin on Friday and fly home on Saturday.  Even though it is technically work, it will allow me to wind down doing what I like to do best and that is visit farmers.

Paul Neiffer

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation.

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