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Tax Return Preparation

Posted March 18, 2019


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, March 25
Mon, February 25
eFile or Extension Authorizations Due Mon, April 8
Fri, March 8
Filing Deadline Mon, April 15
Fri, March 15


Our normal tax return preparation turn around time after receiving everything we need is 10-12 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!


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 for business tax return preparation.



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 complete our fillable PDF. We cannot file without it (sorry).



4. Tax Organizers

Each button below takes you to a fillable PDF tax organizer to provide us critical information for the completion of your tax returns. Our tax organizers are home-grown and specifically designed to be a) efficient and b) educational as we take you through the various tax matters that affect you. We have also combined all our tax organizers into one massive PDF.



Please review the tax questionnaire form below to detail medical, ACA, divorce stuff, tax payments, etc. Please don’t overlook this.



5. 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.



6. 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. Use the button below-


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. Use the button below-


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.


7. 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.



8. Cross TAXES Off Your Chores List

Book that summer vacation and let us know where.. we need some ideas for after April. Yuck for us. Good for you.


11. Light Reading

Here is some light reading about some popular topics.