Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We’re going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here? [more inside]
I've had a home-owners policy with the same insurance company since purchasing my house in 2002. Last week, I had a message on my answering machine from a man identifying himself as an auditor with a 2nd party surveying firm. He said he was calling at the request of my insurance company to set up a date/time for a survey of my house. [more inside]
What are the potential consequences or complications of paying off your student loans all at once, "in cash"? [more inside]
I am going to be conducting a data center audit for a company in a colo facility. I need to talk to someone who has either done an audit or works in data center operations about my audit plan to make sure that I am not missing critical parts. Please help if you can.
How can I get my nonprofit an independent audit pro bono? Is it possible? [more inside]
Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
Question about proper saving of e-mail and web receipts in case of an IRS audit. [more inside]
How can I find out whether or not my mortgage company is ripping me off? I thought about something like a "forensic audit" but I see via Google that that is the hot new scam, and I don't want to be taken for a ride (twice). I am not looking to modify my loan or get out of my mortgage, I just want to make sure that my payments (for which I pretty much always pay extra) are being applied correctly. [more inside]
Will I have to undergo a credit check in order to form an LLC and open a business checking account for that company? [more inside]
Received a letter declaring that I'm about to be audited by the state tax office. It's my first tax audit. What should I expect? [more inside]
I work as a nanny. I work part time for 3 different families. They all know that nannying is my full-time career. Everyone's paying me off the books right now. They all should know better, one family is 2 lawyer parents. I want to pay taxes. Can I? I'm pretty sure I won't owe any taxes because I make so little and when paid legally I never have but the families I work for definitely owe their share on my wages. Will the families I work for all get audited if I try to file? What happens? Should I try to tell them that this is my plan? The last time I talked to a family about wanting to be paid legally the gig fell apart, it was a total disaster and I lost the job. I don't want to screw people over but I don't want to get screwed myself.
Does filing a 1040x (amended return) increase your chances of being audited? [more inside]
I'm meeting with a tax accountant for the first time on Wednesday. I'm a freelancer who gets my income from a number of sources (a combination of freelancing and part time salary work), so my taxes are pretty complicated. Two friends who do similar work recommended this guy, and said he got them big refunds last year, despite having almost no taxes withheld all year. I'm a newbie to taxes -- when meeting this guy, how can I tell whether he's on the up-and-up or whether he's going to get me audited?
Help me prevent my step-brother from committing tax evasion/fraud. [more inside]
How do I handle a flexible spending account audit when I don't have receipts? [more inside]
My department is being audited (by an external company) on a project I spend the majority of my time doing. There are numerous problems with the project. I need advice on how to handle myself in a meeting where I may feel like I am tattling on others. [more inside]
What processes have you used to analyse your life? [more inside]
We just had a home energy audit performed on our house, and are preparing to pull the trigger on several thousand dollars' worth of insulating, weather stripping, leak sealing, etc. We're trying to maximize the amount of rebate money we can receive, either through local or federal tax credits, or through stimulus money, NYSERDA or some other source. We're having trouble finding out what exactly is available for the type of work we're having done as NY State homeowners. Any suggestions? Note: we're not interested in low-interest loans or other financing-based incentives.
Help me with my nonprofit's accounting and audit practices. Just looking for some general tips on (1) learning the basics on accounting; (2) learning how to prepare audits most efficiently; and (3) bonus points for help on the more stringent 2008 IRS filing requirements for nonprofits. [more inside]
Baby-sitting employer wants to pay under-the-table, but also claim the Child Care Credit using my SSN as a care provider... isn't this asking for trouble? [more inside]
What are the working opportunities for tax consultants with ACA qualification in the UK looking to emigrate to Malaysia? [more inside]
Calling all *nix sysadmins in the hive mind ... a bunch of Unix and Linux logging/syslog/syslog-ng questions inside. [more inside]
I need to 'audit' some Mac G4 computers and workout which are the best to retain after a lease ends. They are all running Tiger and in a lab situation.
What can I use in explaining to my boss how software licensing regulations work? My boss seems to think that we can just borrow software from another department and use it for a project that we need to deploy. [more inside]
Competition for Belarc Advisor? For a whole network? Mefite reviews? [more inside]
I'm looking for an application that will scan a website (or subsection) and pull out page titles and the URLs into an HTML site map. [more inside]
How to "audit" a linux/oracle system that is administered through a web front end from a windows platform .. [more inside]
I'm a woman, divorced, being audited by the IRS, in some credit card debt and have problems with my rental history. Should I sell my home? [more inside]
One in three chance you'll win a free pop, check under the cap! Does anyone audit these advertised odds? [more inside]
I have an audit meeting with the IRS coming up. What can I/should I expect? [more inside]
Where can I find the Audited Financial Reports for a bunch of nonprofits? [more inside]
I've been asked to set up a mail server for a small company with a specific auditing requirement. How do I insure their requirement "show me all emails from May 30, 2005 to June 30, 2005", for example, is fulfilled? [more inside]
What's the quickest interactive way to find out a company's fiscal year end? [more inside]
How can I best avoid an IRS audit? My occupation may complicate things: I’m a professional in the adult entertainment industry with a job that is legal (but often perceived as illegal) and an entirely cash-based business. [more inside]
Icky back taxes situation, what would you do (esp. if you know tax law well)? [more inside]
IRSAuditFilter: If one were to, sayy, cash personal checks at the checkwriter's bank, would the IRS know?