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How My Audit Happened #Taxes #IRS #Audit

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(Disclaimer: I am in no way a tax professional, and this blog does not constitute advice on tax issues. If you have a situation, please consult the IRS or your own personal tax professional.)

A number of years ago I took a job through the local military chapel that was a “contract” position. In other words, I was responsible as a self-employed person to report the income which totaled all of about $800 for the year. Things got sticky when I sub-contracted some of my days only making and then claiming the smaller amount of income I actually received. The chapel, of course, reported the total amount they paid.  I didn’t know how to keep track properly of payments to sub-contractors, and I didn’t think to ask the JAG Tax Office to work that all out.

That’s how the audit happened.

My army husband was stationed in Belgium at the time, and these were pre-skpye days (i.e. no cheap calls to US). Every phone call with the IRS trying to work through what was owed and what I had to document for the audit was painful although I have to give them kudos for gentle, professional manner. I, however, sat cringing each time the call waiting music stopped and the message informed me of approximately how much longer I had to wait. Those minutes were money going out of our family pockets for an issue that, when finally resolved, proved that the US Government actually owed us–$60.

I asked if they, the IRS, would send us the money which their own audit now showed we were owed?

Nope.

I’d have to go file a 1040-X, the amended tax return, in order to recover the money owed. By that time of summer, the JAG Tax Office was closed till the next year, and I was ready to put the whole audit ordeal behind me. I never filed and never received that $60. I like to imagine that particular amount helped a young single mother somewhere.

Will the IRS pay you money it knows the government owes you? Well, it didn’t back then, and I suspect it won’t these days either. Not without a batch of new documents, which bring me to my more recent IRS experience and my next question.

Will the IRS pay interest on money it owes the tax payer?

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Kristin King is a paranormal fiction author, military spouse, and mother to four sons. She is contracting new covers for her vampire series, after which the first novel will become a free ebook. Rather than blogging about books and writing, which would make too much sense, she blogs about travel, food, living abroad, current events and other random topics.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in FAQ, Living in Holland

 

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My Reading Challenge Update – Goodreads

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.49.05 PMWhat are you reading? What are the best books you’ve read this year? Goodreads can help you track it all.

There really is a feeling of accomplishment to setting a goal that challenges you and then achieving it.  Last year on Goodreads, I didn’t challenge myself that much it seems. 51 books gave me one a week with a week’s reading vacation (not that I ever take one of those). So this year I set the bar high, 100 books, and here it is October and 98 titles populate my done list.

It’s fun to glance over my “Friends” list and see what they’ve accomplished as well. One writer friend is over 20 books behind on her list, but she WROTE two novels this year. I know what kind of time that takes. Not many of my friends have completed their goal yet. Was the gal who shot for 600 titles serious?!?

600 is the kind of number that makes you check her reading–tons of children’s books, BTW. Yet I find myself intrigued. Between reading to my children, wanting to write a children’s book, publishing my first children’s author, and such, I want to plug in a huge number and plow through the library shelves with my 2nd graders in 2015.

Join me at Goodreads and ratchet up your own reading next year.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in FAQ, Reading

 

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K is for King – “Are you related to Stephen King?”

Updated Branding at Three Kings Publishing

Updated Branding at Three Kings Publishing

 

 

 

 

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As often as I am asked who the 3 Kings are here at Three Kings Publishing, I am asked if we are related to Stephen King.  I guess our branding added to this. I might quip about “Uncle Stephen” however we are not related to the famous author of such classics as The Stand, The Dark Tower Series, Fire Starter, Cujo, Carrie, and The Shining. We are big fans though and enjoy his writings the way most folks do, from afar.

I have hopes that my husband and I will one day be joined by another writer in the family. For now, the 3 Kings are Kristin King, Charles Ryan King, and Jesus, our King of Kings. And just so we’re clear, Jesus Christ has not submitted any manuscripts to us or had anything published by our small press 😉

Any other questions?

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in FAQ, Indie Business

 

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