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My father has a small company set up as a "S" corporation. Last year, the company showed net
income of $2500. His ordinary income from wages, etc. as shown on the W-2 last year was
$17500. Last year, he received $1000 back on income taxes. This year it showed net income of
between $7000-8000. This year his ordinary income was $15200. This year, the accountant shows
he owes $1250 in taxes. He still files the same as last year, M-3, so I don't understand the change
in taxes. He has not yet received the actual completed return from the accountant yet, but he has
told him the above information. I plan to examine the return when it gets here in a couple of days,
but I don't know if I can decipher it. IMO, the accountant had to miss something-right? Or should I
tell my dad to get rid of the business and get on welfare? I may have missed some important piece
of the puzzle that will become clear when I see the return, but it seems to be off by a lot from year
to year.
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I don't see anything strange here. There was withholding on his wages, but not in the income from the S-corp. The S-corp income went up considerably, thus his taxes went up. Since his wages didn't go up, his witholding didn't go up. Thus he owes more come April 15.
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