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Tax credit vs tax deduction: What Is the Difference?

It’s not uncommon for taxpayers to be confused about the terms tax credit and tax deduction. While both can lower your tax bill, they function differently. In short, a tax credit reduces the amount of tax you owe, while a tax deduction lowers the amount of your taxable income, which lowers the tax you owe. In this blog post, we will be discussing the differences between the two and how they can affect your tax bill.

What Is a Tax Deduction?

A tax deduction is an expense that can be subtracted from your taxable income, reducing your tax bill. 

Some common tax deductions include interest paid on mortgages and charitable donations. 

Essentially, a tax deduction reduces the amount of income on which you will be taxed. For example, suppose you earned $50,000 in a given year and made a $2,000 charitable donation. In that case, you would only be taxed on $48,000 of income.

What Is a Tax Credit?

A tax credit, on the other hand, is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax bill. While deductions decrease your taxable income, credits are subtracted directly from the tax you owe. 

It’s worth noting that some tax credits are refundable, while some are non-refundable. Refundable tax credits, such as the earned income tax credit, can be used to decrease your tax bill below zero. Any excess credit will be refunded to you as a tax refund. Non-refundable tax credits can reduce your tax amount, but they cannot be refunded if they bring your tax bill below zero. 

Tax credits often provide more significant savings than tax deductions since they lower your taxable income. However, tax deductions can still have a significant impact on your tax return, especially if you have larger expenses such as a mortgage or charitable donations. Some credits and deductions may have specific income or eligibility requirements, so it’s essential to research and make sure you qualify before claiming them on your tax return.

Wrapping It Up

While both tax deductions and tax credits can ultimately lower your tax bill, they work differently. A tax deduction reduces your taxable income, while a tax credit directly reduces the tax you owe.

Understanding the difference between the two can help you maximize deductions and credits and ultimately save on your taxes. As always, it’s essential to speak with a tax professional to ensure that you’re taking advantage of all tax-saving opportunities available to you.

JT Tax Services: Taxes Made Easy

When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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Reminder: Tax Filing Season Is Set for January 29

Tax season is upon us! The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will begin accepting 2023 tax returns on January 29, 2024. Keep reading to learn more, including some tips for an easy tax season.

Tax Filing Season Is Set for January 29

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially announced that the nation’s 2024 tax season will commence on Monday, January 29, 2024. This marks the date when the agency will begin accepting and processing 2023 tax returns.

The IRS is preparing for more than 128.7 million individual tax returns to be filed by the April 15, 2024, tax deadline. 

What You Need To Know

Remember that despite the official start of the tax filing season being set for January 29, you don’t have to wait until then to start working on your taxes.

To help you get started, here are some tips to ensure that your tax season goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Organize Your Documents: Gather all your necessary documents such as W-2s, 1099s, receipts for deductions, and other relevant financial records. Having everything in one place will make the process smoother.
  • Understand the Changes: Every year tax laws may change. Make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest tax regulations and understand how they may impact your return.
  • Consider Professional Help: If your taxes are complex, it might be beneficial to hire a tax professional. They can help you navigate tax laws, find deductions, and ensure your return is filed correctly.
  • File Early: The earlier you file, the earlier you’ll get your refund. Plus, filing early can help prevent tax identity theft, as thieves aim to file fake returns before real ones.
  • Check Your Filing Status: Your filing status can affect your tax rates and the deductions you’re eligible for. Make sure to choose the one that best fits your situation.
  • Don’t Rush: While it’s good to file early, don’t rush through the preparation process. Make sure to double-check all numbers and information to avoid any errors.

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When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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IRS Announces Penalty Relief on Millions of 2020 and 2021 Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will ofer penalty relief to approximately 4.7 million individuals and corporations that didn’t receive automated collection reminder notices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to learn more.

Penalty Relief: What You Need To Know

The IRS announced that it will offer penalty relief to about 4.7 million individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt corporations that didn’t receive automated collection reminder notices due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

In total, the agency expects to provide about $1 billion in penalty relief, with most of it going to taxpayers who make under $400,000 a year.

Starting from February 2022 the IRS temporarily stopped mailing notices reminding tax payers to pay overdue taxes. The failure-to-pay penalties, however, continue to accrue, which can result in substantial tax bills.  

How To Take Advantage of the Penalty Relief?

This penalty relief is automatic, so eligible taxpayers are not required to take any action.

If you already paid the failure-to-pay penalties related to the 2020 and 2021 tax years, the IRS will issue a refund or credit the payment you made toward other outstanding tax debts. 

Note that the penalty relief only applies to eligible taxpayers with assessed tax under $100,000. 

Eligible taxpayers include individuals, businesses, trusts, estates and tax-exempt organizations that filed certain Forms 1040, 1120, 1041 and 990-T income tax returns for tax years 2020 or 2021, with an assessed tax of less than $100,000, and that were in the IRS collection notice process — or were issued an initial balance due notice between Feb. 5, 2022, and Dec. 7, 2023. 

The IRS estimates tha five million tax returns are eligible for the penalty relief.

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When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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What You Need To Know About Fake Charities

During the holidays, many people give generously to charities that claim to provide relief and aid to those in need. However, not all charities are created equal. In fact, some organizations collect money under the guise of helping others, but their intentions are far from genuine. These are known as fake charities, and they’re becoming increasingly common. Here’s what you need to know about them. 

What Are Fake Charities?

A fake charity is a type of scam designed to look like a legitimate charitable organization. 

The main purpose of a fake charity is to deceive people into donating money, believing they are contributing to a good cause, when in fact the funds are being collected for personal gain or illegal activities.

Fake charities often use names and logos that closely resemble those of well-known, reputable organizations to confuse potential donors. 

How Do Fake Charities Operate?

Fake charities often exploit the goodwill of the public by setting up websites that mimic the appearance of legitimate charities. 

They may also use social media or cold-calling to solicit funds. Fake charities often use names that suggest they are legitimate, but they may not be registered with the relevant authorities..

How To Spot Fake Charities?

There are a few ways to spot a fake charity. The first is to do your research. Take the time to look up the charity online and read reviews or articles about its history. 

Be particularly cautious about charities that seem to have arisen suddenly after a recent disaster or crisis. 

Additionally, fake charities often collect funds quickly and without any transparency about how the money will be used. This is why it’s important to scrutinize the charity’s website and donation process.

How Does Donating to a Fake Charity Affect You?

Donating to a fake charity not only means the money goes to waste, but it also puts your personal and financial information at risk. Fake charities may use this information to steal your identity or engage in credit card fraud. Moreover, the money you donate won’t be used for the intended purpose, which often means those in need do not receive the help they require.

How Do I Report Fake Charities?

If you suspect there’s a fake charity, it’s important to report it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and your state’s Ddepartment of Justice are two organizations you can contact to file reports of charity scams. 

Make sure to provide all the information you have, including the name of the organization, its website, phone number, and other relevant details.

Wrapping It Up

We all want to do our part to help those in need, especially during the season of giving. However, it’s crucial to remember that not all charities are genuine.

Fake charities are becoming increasingly commonplace, which is why it’s important to stay vigilant. Always do your research before donating to any charity, and don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity. With your help, we can all work to shut down fake charities and ensure that our donations actually go to those in need.

JT Tax Services: Taxes Made Easy

When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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All You Need to Know About the Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN)

In today’s digital age, protecting your personal information is more critical than ever before. That is why the IRS came up with an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) to help protect taxpayers from identity theft. But what is an IP PIN, and how does it work? In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know.

What is an IP PIN?

An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security Number (SSN) on fraudulent federal income tax returns. An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year.

Once assigned, you must use your IP PIN to confirm your identity when you file your tax returns. 

If you haven’t received your IP PIN or lost it, you can retrieve it using the IRS’s Get an IP PIN tool on their website.

Who is eligible for an IP PIN?

The IRS automatically enrolls some taxpayers who were victims of identity theft and resolved the issue with the IRS in the prior tax year. 

However, starting in the 2021 filing season, the IP PIN program will expand to all eligible taxpayers who opt-in. 

To be eligible for an IP PIN, you must have a valid SSN, be able to verify your identity, and have an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less (or $146,000 for married couples filing jointly.)

How does an IP PIN work?

When you get an IP PIN, you must use it to file your tax returns. You will enter the six-digit number in the appropriate box, and the IRS will verify the number before accepting your return. If someone else files a tax return using your SSN, they will not know your IP PIN, and the IRS will reject their filing. If the IRS rejects your tax return due to an incorrect IP PIN, you can try to correct the error, but it may lead to delays and additional scrutiny.

What are the benefits of an IP PIN?

The primary benefit of an IP PIN is that it provides an extra layer of security to prevent identity thieves from using your SSN to file fraudulent tax returns and claim your refund. Additionally, the IRS plans to expand the e-file PIN program to more taxpayers who wish to opt-in to the program, making it available to more people.

Wrapping It Up

In conclusion, an IP PIN is a critical tool in protecting your identity and financial well-being. It helps prevent fraudsters from using your SSN to file a fraudulent tax return and claim your refund. The IRS automatically enrolls some victims of identity theft in the IP PIN program and plans to expand the opt-in program to all eligible taxpayers. If you’re eligible, we highly recommend opting into the IP PIN program to help keep your identity safe and secure.

JT Tax Services: Taxes Made Easy

When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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4 Tips To Prevent Charity Fraud

With the holiday season around the corner, scammers are getting ready to prey on the good-hearted nature of people looking to donate to a worthy cause. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect yourself from charity fraud. In this post, we will share some essential tips that will help you prevent charity fraud and ensure that your donations go to the right place.

Research the Charity

One of the best ways to prevent charity fraud is to do your research. Look up the organization online and read reviews from other donors. If you can’t find any information or the charity is brand new, get in touch with them directly. Ask questions about how they use the donations and if they have any documentation that can demonstrate their legitimacy. If they are genuine, they will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Be Wary of High-Pressure Sales Tactics

Some charity scammers are experts at using high-pressure sales tactics to guilt-trip you into donating. If you feel uncomfortable or pressured into donating, it’s important to take a step back and do not make any commitments on the spot. A legitimate charity will never use high-pressure tactics to get donations.

Check for the Charity’s Registration and Tax ID Number

A legitimate charity will always be registered with the government and have a tax ID number. You can check this information yourself by doing a quick online search or contacting the appropriate authorities. If the charity is not registered or can’t provide you with a tax ID number, it’s a red flag that they may not be legitimate.

The IRS has a Tax Exempt Organization Search tool you may find useful. 

Use Secure Payment Methods

When donating to a charity, make sure to use secure payment methods. Do not give out your credit card information to anyone over the phone or through an email. If the charity has a website, make sure they use a secure payment gateway to protect your personal information. If you have any doubts, call the charity directly to arrange your payment.

Wrapping It Up

Charity fraud is a significant problem, but by following these tips, you can protect yourself and ensure that your donations make a real difference. By doing your research, using secure payment methods, and staying away from high-pressure tactics, you can make a meaningful contribution to a worthy cause while avoiding scammers. 

Remember to choose established and reputable charities that have a proven track record. By taking these precautions, you can give with confidence and support causes that matter to you.

JT Tax Services: Taxes Made Easy

When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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What Is Form 1099-K? 

As a business owner, you must keep yourself updated about tax obligations. One of these obligations is to file annual tax returns and issue necessary forms to your contractors and employees. A crucial form in this regard is Form 1099-K. But do you know what this form is and how it works? In this blog post, we will guide you through the basics of Form 1099-K.

What is Form 1099-K?

Form 1099-K is a tax form issued by third-party payment processors to merchants, sellers, and other businesses that receive card payments such as credit and debit card transactions. 

The form lists the total dollar amount of all transactions in a given year, and businesses use it to report their income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

In short, Form 1099-K is used to track electronic payment transactions.

Who Files Form 1099-K?

If your business accepts digital payments exceeding $20,000 and does over 200 transactions, you must issue a Form 1099-K. Third-party transaction processors such as PayPal, Stripe or other payment vendors issue 1099-K on the IRS’s behalf. 

Note that even if the third-party processor has not reported this, you as business owner will be still responsible for issuing a 1099-K.

What Information is Required?

Form 1099-K requires certain basic information about the business and its transactions. Commonly asked questions such as “What type of payment was accepted?”, “what is the total exchange of money spent?”, “what is the name and address of the payee?” must be included in the form. It’s up to the business owner to ensure that the information is accurate and complete.

What Happens if You Fail To File Form 1099-K

If a business owner fails to file or issue 1099-K, the IRS imposes penalties and interest. Remember that it is the responsibility of the business owner to keep accurate records of their earnings and follow through on their tax requirements to avoid any unwarranted penalties.

Wrapping It Up

As a business owner, it is crucial to be aware of your tax filing duties and follow them diligently. Knowing about Form 1099-K and its requirements will assist you in avoiding penalties and ensuring that your tax obligations are met in a timely, responsible, and cost-efficient manner.  Familiarize yourself with the 1099-K form and stay ahead of the game, to save yourself from any predicaments.

JT Tax Services: Taxes Made Easy

When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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What Is a W-9 Form and Why Do I Need to Fill It Out?

Many people feel confused about different tax forms and what they mean. One such form is the W-9, a form that may be required for individuals and businesses in various situations. But what exactly is a W-9 form, and why do you need to fill it out? In this blog post, we’ll explore the ins and outs of the W-9 form and everything you need to know about it.

W-9 Form: a Basic Definition

Firstly, let’s start with the basics. What is a W-9 form? A W-9 is a tax form used by businesses to collect information from independent contractors or other entities they will be paying for services rendered. 

It is used to request the taxpayer identification number (TIN) of the individual or business, which is then used by the business to report earnings to the IRS. The form asks for basic information such as the recipient’s name, address, and TIN, as well as signature and date.

Why Is the W-9 Form Important?

You may be wondering why a business would need this form if they are already collecting the information they need to pay you. The main reason is for tax reporting. Once you provide your TIN on the W-9 form, the business will typically use that information to file a 1099 form with the IRS, which reports the money paid to you. If the business doesn’t have your TIN, they could be subject to penalties by the IRS for failing to report the payment.

The W-9 form is most commonly used by independent contractors and businesses, although it can also be required in other situations, for example, you may be required to provide a W-9 form when canceling some types of debt or closing a real estate transaction. 

It’s important to note that the W-9 form is not the same as a W-4 form, which is used by employees to provide information to their employer for income tax withholding purposes. While they have similar names and serve a similar purpose of collecting tax-related information, the two forms are different and serve different functions.

Wrapping It Up

The W-9 form is a form used by businesses to collect the TIN of individuals or businesses they will be paying for services rendered. It is vital for tax reporting purposes and can be required in various situations such as when canceling some types of debt. 

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When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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Bookkeeping vs Auditing: What Is the Difference?

You’ve probably heard the terms “bookkeeping” and “auditing” thrown around in conversations about finances. However, it’s important to understand that these terms are not interchangeable. In fact, bookkeeping and auditing serve two different purposes for your business. 

What is Bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is the process of recording and organizing a business’s financial transactions, such as revenue, expenses, and payments. This includes tracking sales, purchases, receipts, and other financial documents. In short, bookkeeping is a way to keep track of your business’ cash flow. It enables you to see how much money is coming in and going out of your business.

A bookkeeper is responsible for maintaining accurate records and ensuring that all financial transactions are correctly classified and recorded. Nowadays, technology has made bookkeeping easier. There are digital tools that you can utilize, such as cloud-based accounting software that can reduce human error and increase efficiency.

What is Auditing?

Auditing, on the other hand, is the examination of a company’s financial records and statements by an independent third-party auditor. This includes a review of the financial statements, internal controls, and accounting practices of the business.

The purpose of auditing is to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the financial information presented to stakeholders, including investors, lenders, government bodies, and others. In other words, auditing is a way to verify that a company’s financial statements are factual and accurate and to identify any discrepancies or errors in the financial statements.

The Main Differences between Bookkeeping and Auditing

The main difference between bookkeeping and auditing is that bookkeeping is an internal process, whereas auditing is an external process. Bookkeeping involves maintaining accurate financial records that account for every financial transaction, while auditing involves analyzing financial records to verify their accuracy.

Another difference is that bookkeeping is ongoing, whereas auditing is performed on an annual or bi-annual basis. Bookkeeping is essential for day-to-day business operations, while auditing is important for providing an accurate and reliable snapshot of the company’s position for investors.

How the Two Practices Work Together

While bookkeeping and auditing are two separate processes, they work hand-in-hand to ensure the financial health of a company. 

Bookkeeping provides the foundation for accurate financial statements, which is the starting point for an auditor. 

The auditor will examine the records, and financial reports generated from bookkeeping and identify any errors or discrepancies that need corrective action. The bookkeeper then uses the auditor’s feedback to update and fine-tune the company’s records.

Wrapping It Up

In conclusion, bookkeeping and auditing are essential accounting practices for the successful operation of a business. Bookkeeping keeps track of the flow of money in and out of the business on a daily basis, while auditing ensures the accuracy and reliability of financial reports. Both practices are vital for ensuring a company’s financial success and stability. By understanding the differences between bookkeeping and auditing, business owners can make informed decisions about their financial management and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

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When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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IRS Further Postpones tax-filing and tax-payment deadline for California Storm Victims

Individuals and businesses in 55 of California’s 58 counties will be able to take advantage of the new federal deadline. Keep reading to learn all the details.

What You Need To Know

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will postpone for a second time the federal tax-filing and tax-payment deadline for victims of storms that hit California earlier this year. 

Individuals and businesses in 55 of California’s 55 counties (the exceptions are Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties) will have until Thursday, November 16 (instead of October 16), to file and pay their 2022 tax returns. 

The eligible returns and payments include those listed below (keep in mind that this extension applies only to federal taxes):

  • 2022 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 18.
  • For eligible taxpayers, 2022 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts.
  • Quarterly estimated tax payments normally due on April 18, June 15 and Sept. 15.
  • Calendar-year 2022 partnership and S corporation returns normally due on March 15.
  • Calendar-year 2022 corporate and fiduciary income tax returns and payments normally due on April 18.
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on May 1, July 31 and Oct. 31.
  • Calendar-year 2022 returns filed by tax-exempt organizations normally due on May 15.

Other returns and payments qualify. Visit the IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief page for more details. 

Taxpayers in the affected areas don’t have to contact the IRS or take any other action to take advantage of the extended deadline. The IRS will automatically provide filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area.

Additional relief may be available to affected taxpayers who participate in a retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA). To learn more, contact the IRS or get in touch with our experts at JT Tax Services. 

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When it comes to taxes, knowledge is power. That’s why at At JT Tax Services, we give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are working with experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of all applicable tax laws and regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California, contact us today by email (info@jttaxservices.com), telephone (805-984-8890), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. Feel free to contact us today!

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