QuickBooks Software and Training at No Cost to You!

I am so excited to announce that I am now working as a QuickBooks and Accounting trainer at the Holistic School of Business! I accepted this position because it presents a truly outstanding opportunity for my clients to work with me at NO-COST! Please allow me to explain… You can apply for a $2,500 grant […]

Diana Sheltra Earns Elite Fellow Designation from NAEA

For Immediate Release Vermont Tax Practitioner Completes Rigorous National Tax Practice Institute™ Diana Sheltra, EA Earned Elite Designation Washington, DC – November 14, 2016, Diana Sheltra, EA, has earned the prestigious Fellow designation from the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) for completing the three levels of the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI®). This achievement demonstrates […]

Reasonable Cause Penalty Abatements for Delinquent Taxes

If your request for the First-Time Penalty abatement fails the next course of action is Reasonable Cause Penalty Abatement. The taxpayer or Enrolled Agent would submit a written request for penalty relief based on a reasonable cause. Accepted Reasons for Penalty Abatement: Natural or man-made disasters. A taxpayer’s death, serious illness, incapacitation. Tax preparer errors. Bookkeeper/accountant […]

IRS Penalty Abatements for Delinquent Taxes

It is not uncommon for a taxpayer to fall behind in their taxes. They may have started a new business did not pay estimated taxes during the year, or self-employment income has increased substantially from the prior year. Or, one spouse was unaware that the other spouse had not been paying the taxes. Whatever the […]

Gifts for Clients and Tax Deductions: What you Need to Know

You foster strong relationships with your customers through exceptional service and value. But a thank-you gift never hurts. In addition to the goodwill you earn as a gift-giver, you also earn a small tax deduction from the IRS. A very small tax deduction, which is limited to a maximum of $25 for each client. The […]


Did you know that a windfall refers to a piece of fruit that is blown from a tree? You get all the benefits of a nice snack with none of the climbing or stretching and picking. Most of us know about windfalls in connection with money—that unexpected good fortune that puts a large sum of […]

Prepare for Taxes now, Avoid Stress Later

Right now, the idea of thinking about tax filing season may sound as welcome as the hiss of air leaking from your swimming pool raft. But planning ahead may keep you from getting soaked later. So if you’re considering anything more complex than a standard deduction, this is a good time to take a look […]

Tips for Choosing a Tax Prep Service

The Internal Revenue Service and tax software people lead you to believe that your filing is getting easier and easier. Meanwhile, the tax laws remain dense and complex. The distinction is that the simple and fast way isn’t always the best way. So why should you pay to have someone file your tax return? The […]

Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts are one of my favorite investment vehicles. There are many advantages, as you will see. With most Americans having high-deductible health plans, and not able to take medical deductions on Schedule A (itemized deductions), HSAs are the way to go! A health savings account (HSA) is an account created exclusively for the […]

Why Choose a Tax Professional?

You’re a smart person when it comes to your money. You stay within your budget, you plan for the future, you have an emergency fund for that day when your hot water heater leaves you cold. So why would you pay someone file your tax return? The top reason according to CPA Practice Advisor is that […]