Weekly Update–November 24th, 2023: Happy Thanksgiving 🦃, Happy Holiday

Black Friday, for me is a day to sleep in, post my weekly blog/newsletter and spend the day with family.  We arrived in Michigan late Wednesday evening and have been enjoying this family time.  Take a look at my weekly take away and you will see this week what is most important to me, as I keep this very short and sweet… Detroit Delta Lounge Meet-Up for Next Flight ✈️…  Read more

Weekly Update–November 17th, 2023; Counting Down the Days Until Thanksgiving 🦃

Once again I am happy to be writing this blog as I attend the 21st annual tax practitioner’s symposium ATS 2023 formerly LITPS.   We were live again this year at the Crest Hollow Country Club where I connected with my professional friends, served as a host and participated on a tax panel “The Tax Man Cometh”with Scott Ahroni, esq and several of his partners and associates.  I am keeping this week’s post short and sweet as…  Read more

Weekly Update–November 10th, 2023: Are You Liable for BOI Reporting…

Sending best wishes and our thanks to our veterans and their families this Veteran’s day 2023.  We salute you and appreciate your courage and service to our country. Thank You Veterans I am loving the beautiful photos that I have been receiving and am happy to share.  This is an actual photo from my friend Renee’s back porch (she is a show off)… Fall Sunrise Weaverville, North Carolina Added benefit when…  Read more

Weekly Update–November 3rd, 2023: Tax Minimization & Retirement Planning

It’s official, LIPA has accepted our application and paperwork, we are now banking our exported KWH.  That means that not only can we “withdraw” KWH when our panels are not producing, we can now report our solar panel project on our 2023 personal income tax return and receive tax credits from the IRS and NYS.  As NYC residents we also qualify for a real estate tax reduction over 4 years. …  Read more

Weekly Update: October 27th 2023 – Tax Planning With Projected 2024 Tax Brackets

I live and work down the block from the beach so it’s easy for me to become a “tax season hermit” although I get to see some beautiful sunrises I usually wake up in mid-October to the realization that it’s fall and foilage season has begun 🍂 🍁.  Here is the link to the  I💗NY Map to foilage in NYS; thanks to freiends in other places I am able to share…  Read more

Weekly Update: October 20th 2023 Consider Tax Planning for 2024 “No More Missed Opportunities”

Tax season 2023 officially ended on Monday the 16th, so we will be able to relax a little before working through some of those returns that did not make the deadline cut off.  I did take a break over last weekend to take a walk on the beach… Amazing Sunrise on Rockaway Beach this Weekend Reports are in, the stiped bass are running.   This fish is not camera shy, even…  Read more

IRS Relief From 10/16/2023 Filing Deadline: IR-2023-188, Oct. 13, 2023

Good morning, you are in our thoughts Hoping your family, friends and loved ones are safe and doing well, but I wanted you to know about this: The IRS just granted a major extension for returns due 10/16 and other filings. It primarily affects those actually in Israel. In some cases US preparers with clients in Israel may qualify for relief for those clients. The NYS Society of CPA’s wrote…  Read more

Weekly Update – October 13th 2023 – Earn Interest on Your Tax Refunds With Series I US Savings Bonds

Any tax deadline time is stressful and demanding for accounting firms and staff, but as we approach our final deadline for the 2023 tax season the stress of completing returns and receiving e-file and other documents can really take a toll.  I am glad to be able to live and work so close to Rockaway Beach, Queens and to be able to take a break or short walk on the…  Read more

Weekly Update–September 29th 2023: Pass-Through Entity Scrutiny by the IRS

Our office is still going crazy as our “final” tax deadline of October 15th approaches.  We have given up on sending out repeated emails for “that last missing piece of information” which can help our clients minimize their tax liability and are just working with the information we have “in house”.  I have checked with other tax professionals who are experiencing the same behavior from some of their clients.  I…  Read more

Weekly Update – September 15th 2023 – Perfect Tax Storm

Today is a perfect tax storm day with many 2022 extended tax returns and estimate #3 for 2023  due.  As we brace for this major deadline many of us are also watching the weather reports as Hurricane Lee moves up the atlantic coast; it looks like a perfect storm is heading our way too.  Remember that safety should always be the top priority, so take precautions to protect yourself and your loved…  Read more

Weekly Update–September 8th 2023: Tax Deadlines Loom

This morning I was feeling a bit frustrated as I worked on my weekly take away so I “popped” it into ChatGPT.  I wasn’t asking for advice and didn’t give it any parameters, but it totally picked up on my mood.  “It sounds like you and your team are facing a challenging situation as you approach the tax filing deadline, and I can understand how stressful it must be to…  Read more

Weekly Update – September 1st 2023: Proper Planning/Documentation For Tax Minimization

It’s labor day weekend and I can imagine that many families are planning a long weekend as the kids will be heading back to school next week.   We often talk about planning, tax planning, vacation planning, retirement planning, etc.  I never reccomend doing something “just for tax purposes” but with proper planning you just might take a partial business deduction for a portion of your trip expenses.  Summer travel  plans can…  Read more

Weekly Update–August 4th 2023-Can Personal Travel Be A Business Deduction?

As our clients plan their summer vacations we get calls about the potential to “write off” some of the costs as a business expense.  Just last week I extended my trip.  When the tax conference I attended in Seattle ended Friday evening, I took advantage of being on the west coast and flew down to San Diego for a visit with my daughter and additional training.   Check out the tax…  Read more

Weekly Update – July 28th 2023-Putting the Tax Incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 to Work For Our Clients…

Yes, once again I am admitting:  I am a tax nerd; attending the 15th annual Certified Tax Coach (CTC) conference in Seattle is/was the highlight of my week so far.  I can say this, as this morning starts day 2 of the conference and then tonight I head to San Diego to visit my daughter Jessie, her boyfriend Eric and my granddog Sampson.  It was a day of connecting with…  Read more

Weekly Update – July 21st 2023 – What’s in Your Tax Mitigation Tool Box

It been another crazy busy summer week starting with a Town Hall panel web presentation on IRS/NYS tax collections mitigation.  Even through we had the framework set from prior presentations a lot of time and energy went into preparing for this one and I love participating. I had a great time yet again presenting with Karen Tenenbaum, esq, CPA, Moshe Zupnick, esq, and Marisa Friedrich, esq, of Tenenbaum Law, P.C.. Town…  Read more

Weekly Update – July 14th, 2023

We see many news reports, blog posts and webinars discussing AI, Bots, and ChatGPT.  Most highlight the benefits of having AI assist in the repetitive data entry and review, while others point out the concerns staff members have about being replaced by evolving technology.  This week I attended a webinar hosted by my professional group and we were once again reminded that this type of technology is a tool that…  Read more

Weekly Update July 7th 2023

It’s a beautiful day here in Michigan where we are visitng for an extended weekend.  We have great plans for the next few days so this week’s blog will be short and sweet    We arrived late last night; here is my view as I write today’s blog… Sunrise on the lake this moring I am glad we were finally able to visit and not only spend time with our daughter…  Read more

Weekly Update – June 30th 2023; Happy Birthday USA!

Some of us may have great bosses who have closed their offices on Monday allowing their staff to enjoy a four day weekend.  No matter what our work plans are I look forward to the weekend and maybe a bar-b-que or 2 and expect/hope many are of you are planning, picnics and outings with family and friends. I hear the weather will be a bit iffy here in NYC with some scattered…  Read more

Weekly Update – June 23rd 2023

This week I attended the amazing CASCPA annual symposium in person.  What a great surprise to see good friends presenting and to meet colleagues of others.  I left home at around 7 AM and was worried about the traffic and parking, and snuck in a bug battle that morning so I forgot one of my prior take-aways “bring business cards to all in person events…”; no problem, I was able to connect via social…  Read more

Weekly Update – June 9th 2023

Much of my and other’s focus this week has been taken up by the Canadian brush fires, the broader implications and the effect of the smoke on the air quality on the north east coast of the United States.  While I, as well as most of us have considered news reports and the families affected by wild fires all over, we have only rarely experienced the effects.  With the winds…  Read more

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