Getting Started, Checklists, Submit Forms.. let the fun begin!

Here is a quick list of the necessary steps to have The Watson CPA Group prepare your tax returns. Important dates and considerations during the tax extension season-


  Individuals / C Corps
1040 / 1120
Partnerships / S Corps
1065 / 1120S
Tax Documents Due Mon, Apr 2
Mon, Feb 26
eFile Authorizations Due Fri, Apr 13
Fri, Mar 9
Filing Deadline Tue, Apr 17
Thu, Mar 15

Our normal turn around time after receiving everything we need is 7-10 days. We will update you with email and text alerts along the way. During tax season, we have a soft-close at 3:01PM on Fridays to enjoy some chips and salsa, and to unwind a bit. Our tax season drink is the Moscow Mule with cucumber and grapefruit vodka- stop by and join us. Apparently having fun before 3:00 is frowned upon in our establishment. Back at it on Saturday!


Put a face to the name and voice- 2017 Tax Team


1. How Does It Work

The buttons below will take you to a simple, customized online submit form for you to seamlessly send your information. This ensures a comprehensive tax return and an economic tax preparation fee. All submissions are uploaded to your Client Portal within 24 hours for historical safekeeping. You will receive an email and a text alert letting you know we’ve received it. Communication is key!


The Watson CPA Group takes the security and safety of your personal information very seriously. Please read our security and privacy procedures.


2. Gather Your Tax Documents

These buttons link to a PDF which provides a quick checklist of the items we will need to complete your individual tax returns (businesses are next). We cannot emphasize enough that reviewing these checklists will ensure accuracy and completeness.



Business owners, such as partnerships and corporations, have unique tax needs simply because most of the tax documentation is generated by the business owner. Please use the following buttons for important checklists and templates.



The Taxpayer Mistakes PDF is not necessary for the preparation of your tax returns- it is just a fun read in your spare time.



3. Contact Information

Please update your contact information. Even if you are a returning client, please confirm your phone numbers and email addresses. Also, the IRS and several states are requiring that a government issued ID be electronically submitted with your tax returns to curb identify theft. Use the button below to securely provide this information to us. We cannot file without it (sorry).



4. Submit Forms, Organizers

Each button below allows you to submit information that is not available on a tax document. You may submit forms more than once, for example one for each dependent. If you send the same form twice, we will take the latest submission as your final answer.


You may also print and complete a blank tax organizer produced by our tax software- 29 pages of pure pleasure (we believe our online submit forms are easier and more comprehensive).



Please review the miscellaneous questionnaire form below. Divorce stuff, investment expenses, tax payments, etc. can be detailed and submitted.



5. ACA and Tax Questionnaire for 2017

The ACA Questionnaire is required for all tax returns (sorry, not our rules). Also, please review the Tax Questionnaire- these simple Yes / No questions ensure your tax returns are comprehensively prepared given the recent changes in tax code.



6. Supplemental Worksheets

Please complete the following Supplemental Worksheets that pertain to your situation. Each online worksheet is also available in PDF, but it is not fillable. Sorry. We suggest printing it, making notes, and then submitting it via our online submit forms or scan, fax or mail.



7. Client Engagement Letter

The IRS and our Professional Liability Insurance provider are getting more stringent on Client Engagement Letters. We have created an easy online review and acceptance form. Seriously, it is easy.



8. Send Us Your Tax Stuff

This is the best part. You can scan and upload to the client portal, fax, mail or take a road trip.


Client Portal

Contact us to receive login instructions to your Client Portal. If you have already chatted with us, you should have received two emails- a welcome email, and another with login instructions. Check your junk folder too.


We receive a notification that you have uploaded files.


Send a File

You can also securely send us your files by using Send A File. Please use your name and a brief description as the file name such as ‘SmithJohn-W2’. These files will be placed in your client portal.


Similar to the client portal, we receive a notification that you sent us files.





All faxes will be transferred to your client portal as a PDF. We will email you with the number of pages received, and send a follow up text.


Mail, Road Trip

Please retain your originals and send or bring copies to:


Watson CPA Group

9475 Briar Village Point Suite 325

Colorado Springs CO 80920


We have a strict requirement for all road trip drop-offs to include donuts. Sorry for the inconvenience.


9. Tax Return Review and Filing

You will receive an email and a text message alerting you that your tax returns are ready for your review. What does that mean? And what happens next? Both great questions. There are two review checklists, one for individual tax returns and one for corporations and partnerships.



10. Cross TAXES Off Your Chores List

Book that summer vacation and let us know where.. we need some ideas for April 18! Yes, the 2017 filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17. Yuck for us. Good for you.


11. Light Reading

Here is some light reading about some popular topics.