Welcome to the web site of Patricia Tokar Canton, CPA, PC Inc



My firm is here to help you increase your financial power. We'll provide answers to your individual or business profitability, tax, accounting, bookkeeping, or QuickBooks questions. We will help you create income and then keep more of your well-earned dollars in your pockets and bank accounts.


The focus is on providing you with financial and business tools to help you create the life you want. Many clients find this through self-employment, starting a business, or better managing of their finances and taxes and we are here to answer your questions and assist you. We will work with you online or in person.



Certified Public Accountant in Elkhart Indiana


Accounting - Monthly, Quarterly, Bookkeeping

I am a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor. We will work with you for QuickBooks training, set up of your books, and maintenance of your QuickBooks accounting system. Let QuickBooks streamline your accounting tasks and give you the data you need for making better business decisions.


Are you ready to concentrate on managing your business and let someone else complete the bookkeeping and accounting? Contact us for monthly accounting services! We offer remote accounting and tax services - use our secure servers to send your receipt copies, data files, QuickBooks files, and other accounting data. Just scan or fax your receipts and we will process your data and use our secure servers to send your forms and results back. It's convenient, time-saving, and cost-saving. It has the added benefit of allowing you to upload and download your documents at your own convenience - our secure servers are available 24/7.


We are also pleased to work with your online QuickBooks program for your greater ease.


Our goal is to help your business become more efficient and profitable. We love that.


Tax Planning and Preparation

We will help you to minimize your taxes. We offer review and planning of projected taxes. Give us your tax data and information and we will give you an accurate, professionally prepared tax return. We take pride in high quality services and will work with you to be sure that you have taken every deduction and credit that you are entitled to for best results on your tax returns.


We prepare tax returns for individuals, S-Corporations, Corporations, LLC's, businesses, estates, and trusts.


Estates and Trusts

We offer: Estate and Trust accounting and tax preparation. Final accounting. Final tax returns. Estate and trust tax returns. We can assist and advise the personal representative with fulfilling their duties.


Small Business

We offer tax, accounting, and bookkeeping services as well as management consulting services. We will also work with you for QuickBooks set up, initial installation, and QuickBooks data entry. We will keep your accounting functions in order and give you reports that help you make better decisions about your business. We will help you use your financial data to increase your profitability and decrease your stress. Read More ....


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Proud Member of PASBA - Professional Association of Small Business Accountants

Member of PASBA - many strengths - one goal


Certified Business Profit Consultant

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Informative Articles by Patricia Tokar Canton, CPA


Is Your Tax-Exempt Organization in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status?


Articles Published on the Bright Hub Web Site


Handing a Tax Problem when You Can't Pay Your Tax Bill

How to Make a Good Income Renting Houses

The Amended Federal Tax Return - IRS Form 1040X


IRS Payment Plans: How to Get an Installment Agreement to Pay your Taxes


How to Use Quickbooks: Learn the Basics


Selling Your Home: Getting Interior Painting Quotes


Under What Circumstances is an Inheritance Taxable?








We help with:


  • Accounting
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Tax Planning and Preparation
  • Monthly Accounting & Bokkeeping


  • Small Business
  • Tax Return Preparation
  • Small Business Profitability


1720 E Bristol St, Elkhart IN

Serving Elkhart County including Elkhart, Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, and surrounding Indiana and Michigan cities in the Michiana area.

We also have many clients that we work with by postal mail and virtually by secure file upload/download.

Certified Public Accountant


Tax and Other News


Another busy and successful tax season has passed! April 18th marked the end of the 2016 tax season.

Now is a good time to designate a special folder, drawer, and/or computer file to collect your tax related documents for filing next year's tax return.

Some 2015 Forms are Still Arriving:

The IRS extended the deadline to as late as June 30, 2016 for the 2015 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to be issued. These forms are used to report health insurance that was provided to you by an employer or other third party.

At this time you should have received your Form 1095-A, which reports your health insurance premiums and premium tax credits from health insurance you purchased from the marketplace.


You may still receive your Form 5498, which reports your 2015 contributions to your IRA accounts. Compare the amounts reported on these forms to the amounts that you reported on your 2015 tax return.


When you get your late arriving 1095-B or 1095-C, be sure to compare the months of reported health insurance coverage on the forms to the coverage you reported on your tax return.

You should be fine if your filed your tax return on a timely basis without the 1095-B or 1095-C under these circumstances:
1) You paid for your own private health insurance all 12 months of the year and did not use the marketplace nor any government agency to obtain it.

2) You had employer-provided health insurance for all 12 months of the year and you are confident that it met the minimum requirements for coverage.
3) You didn't have health insurance at all for the entire year and you did not apply for any certification from the marketplace that exempted you from required coverage.

4) You had employer provided health insurance although not for the entire 12 months AND you are very confident that you have accurate information regarding the specific months of coverage and that it met minimum requirements AND you have the specific information that is required to accurately report the circumstances of other months that you did not have coverage.

Note that regardless of when you file your tax return, the 1095 forms will be compared to your tax return and it is expected that taxpayers will receive IRS notices if their tax return does not agree with the 1095 forms. The statute of limitations for the IRS notices is as long as three years after the filing date of your return.




Please call our office now for an appointment for an office meeting or phone conference meeting, or to arrange for drop-off, mail-in, or secure file upload of your tax return data.


We'd like to help you make sure you don't overpay your taxes. Invest your tax savings for a better future for you and your family.




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Estimated Tax Reminders


The first 2016 estimated Federal individual income tax payments was due April 18, 2016. The second and third payments are due June 16, 2016 and Sept 16, 2016. The last estimated payment for 2016 is due Jan 17, 2017.




Employment and Jobs in Indiana:


Just posted: Employment Websites to Help You Find a Great Job - try one of these job search sites for finding a job in a specific field


My article: Job seeking help and career advice - Indiana Hot Jobs - also includes resources for job searches and careers in United States


Are you good with numbers, disciplined, and hardworking? Join our firm



Indiana Business News:


The US Department of Commerce released data on Real Personal Income for 2008-2012:


In the report, Indiana's Regional Price Parity, or in general the cost of general living items, is 8.9% below the US Average. Michigan is 5.6% below. Illinois is slightly above the average, or .6% above.


According to a survey by thumbtack.com*, the state of Indiana ranks #14 in the country for overall small business friendliness. Indiana is #3 in the nation for ranking of friendliness of employment, labor, and hiring regulations. This is good news for both business owners and employees!


As far as Indiana's tax system, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council ranks Indiana #19 of the 50 states for best tax systems for entrepreneurship and small businesses. Prepare to watch this rise, though, because recent legislature has eliminated the inheritance taxes and will be reducing the corporate tax rates.


Michigan, by comparison, is ranked #11 of the 50 states in the same study of best business tax systems for entrepreneurship and small businesses.



*Small Business Survey: Methodology and Analysis, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, Nov 2011 and Jan 2012


PIN Numbers and Identity Theft


Choose your PIN number carefully. If you choose a number that is easily guessed, you could be asking for trouble. My latest article How to Select a PIN includes advice from the experts.


Indiana is experiencing a rapid rise in the number of identity theft cases on Indiana tax returns. In the 2013 tax season, Indiana reported approximately 1,500 cases of identity theft on tax returns. In the 2014 tax season, this number has risen to as many as 39,000 cases of identity theft!


What is identity theft on a tax return? It is where someone uses your name and social security number to file a fradulent tax return. This might be done to steal your tax refund or it might be done to create a totallly false tax return.



Useful Resources


These are links to outside web sites:

Social Security

Use this link to determine your future social security benefits.


Where's My Federal Refund?

Information on your tax refund from the IRS.


Where's My State Refund?

Indiana Property Tax Calculators

Link to Indiana Dept of Revenue page to estimate your property tax bill. The page also includes a link to look up the assessed value of your property.


Spring and Summer Hours

The office is open from 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment. Please call for an appointment if you would like to meet with or have a phone conference with Patricia.


You are always welcome to leave a voice message or to drop off data in our drop slot. We especially encourage email correspondence.





We offer online accounting services. Please call or email if you are interested in our remote services. We work with many satisfied clients by email, remote connection, fax, and regular mail.