AKAS II - FAQs and Facts and Fax


HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PUBLICATIONS I SHOULD ORDER FIRST?

This largely depends on how organized you are and on whether you consider yourself a hobbyist or a professional.

If you are just starting out in the art world, the General Tax Guide will explain some of the various taxes for which you might be liable - even as a hobbyist!

Most professional artists are sole proprietors, and a Schedule C Kit can be quite helpful.

If you need some help organizing your personal and business records, a Recordkeeping Kit or Personal Organizer is highly recommended.

Performers and writers may want to check out the 2002 Tax Guide for Performing and Literary Artists .


WHAT IS THE FASTEST WAY OF HAVING MY ORDER PROCESSED?

The quickest way to your TaxKits is making your purchases online through PayPal - the fast, free, and secure online payment center. Once your payment is authorized, AKAS II is immediately notified about your order via email. Orders are generally processed within 24 hours and should be received by the customer within seven business days.

Please note that, effective June 1, 2001, AKAS II will no longer accept credit cards except through the PayPal system. This online method is faster and more secure for the cardholder than sending the data to AKAS II directly. As an added advantantage, PayPal can also process orders paid from a personal or business checking account.

Of course, checks and money orders are still accepted when mailed directly to AKAS II. Just print out and complete your order form or AnswerGram form and mail with your payment to AKAS II, PO Box 123, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0123. Please allow three weeks for standard delivery.

All orders are shipped First Class Mail unless Priority Mail is requested. The fee for Priority Mail is waived on all orders in which any version of a Recordkeeping Kit/Personal Organizer is included.


ISN'T THE SAME INFORMATION WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE AKAS II TaxKits ALREADY AVAILABLE FOR FREE FROM THE IRS?

Yes and no.

First of all, the Tax Code is so ridiculously large that no one can be an expert on all of it - not even the members of Congress who wrote the federal tax laws! Although IRS Forms and Publications are certainly helpful, they may not answer your fundamental questions in a simple and straightforward manner. And, whether right or wrong, the advice given by tax agents over the phone or in person is not binding. Written opinions from the IRS are binding but may be quite expensive.

AKAS II Publications and Services are targeted to the needs of home-based businesses and professionals, especially those individuals working in the arts. The easy-to-use tax guides and recordkeeping kits are concisely written so that time isn't wasted reading rules that are suitable for large corporations such as IBM and GM. This method of do-it-yourself can save you time and money!


DOES AKAS II RECEIVE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, NON-PROFIT GROUPS OR FOUNDATIONS?

No. Nor does AKAS II receive monetary subsidies or compensation in-kind from private enterprise.


IF I ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNTANT OR USE A TAX SOFTWARE TO PREPARE MY TAXES, WHY WOULD I NEED ANY OF THESE PUBLICATIONS FROM AKAS II?

Whether you use the services of an accountant or a CPA, a tax preparer or a tax attorney - even if you use checkwriting and tax preparation computer software - AKAS II's QUICK-FIX TaxKits can simplify the task of your requisite tax filings, thus reducing the cost of tax preparation.

And it probably will lower your taxes!


DOES AKAS II GIVE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE?

No, AKAS II does not provide legal or tax advice. However, each and every guideline suggested in the tax manuals can be readily supported by current tax codes, revenue rulings and court cases. Business consultations are available for a nominal fee through the AnswerGram program.

All publications and services of AKAS II are designed to contain accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered, but they are sold with the understanding that its author and publisher are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. If any legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. While every effort has been made to provide accurate information, neither the author nor the publisher can be held liable for any errors or omissions. The publisher does not guarantee or warrant that the readers who use the information provided in its publications, services, or web pages will achieve similar results to those discussed.


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