Know When to Hire An Expert, or … Just Say No to Breakfast

Think your taxes went up because of the new tax law, think again. It may be time to hire an expert! Caution! Don’t have breakfast at my house. Those who know us, know that even though the coffee is amazing, our refrigerator is usually bare. Of course if we know you will be visiting we will pick up bagels and cream cheese and you are in luck if we are…  Read more

Take a Successful Tax Minimization or Business Improvement Journey

It’s called DISCOVERY because that’s when we get to ask the questions…. WHO – are we focusing on your personal or business goals or challenges or all of the above WHAT – are those goals or challenges, let’s not focus on a solution “I need to set up a retirement plan”. Let’s focus on the goal “I would like to be able to retire in XX years and be able…  Read more

8 Tips For Making the Most of Business Meals

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act has created new limits on the business meals and entertainment deduction.  This limits the employee meals deduction to 50% and eliminates entertainment deduction entirely. Understandably a hot topic, getting value out of the meals is the subject of this morning’s article published the Journal of Accountancy: 8 Tips For Making the Most of Business Meals https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/newsletters/2019/sep/business-meals.html Their tips for getting the most out of…  Read more

The WHY behind the need for a tax return extension

Top Issues Related to Tax Year 2018 Extensions. Although my staff and I worked hard to learn the new law and to inform our clients of the changes, we still had many returns either filed at the last minute or placed on extension.  Our software providers worked hard to incorporate the tax law changes and revenue rulings but were challenged by release dates so late in the filing season. Here…  Read more

The Promise of the 1040 Postcard: A Missed Opportunity

The form 1040 is the form most taxpayers use to file their annual tax returns.  In addition to supplying basic information about the taxpayer and his/her family, it acts as an overview or listing of various types of income, deductions, and exemptions.  It also acts as an index to other necessary schedules which support the items on each line. Of course we CPA’s, other tax professionals and the general public…  Read more

To Capitol Hill and Back Again!

As I walked the monument trail on the last evening during my recent trip to DC, the puddles and sudden downpours did not dampen my sprits or thoughts about the great meetings I had participated in and would continue to have.  As I passed the Washington, Jefferson, FDR and Lincoln monuments, I marveled at the foresight of these great leaders.  Our tax system is voluntary and we do have representation…  Read more

Prepaying Taxes Will Not Yield a 2017 Itemized Deduction

US Congress Conference Report which has not been voted on or passed yet, refers to the final version of the bill – does not allow a deduction for prepayment of 2018 state income taxes. https://rules.house.gov/conference-report/hr-1 In addition, prior revenue rulings 71-190 and 82-208 also preclude taking a 2017 deduction for payments made in 2017 to be applied to a tax liability in 2018 — notably, a year that has not…  Read more

Teach a Man/Woman to Fish…

I have returned from an amazing 3 day tax and accounting symposium on Long Island sponsored by my professional group. Bad news – there were so many great sessions, it was hard to choose. Good news – most of the sessions were taped, giving me a chance to listen to those I may have missed during some down time in my office. No one believes that their education ends when…  Read more

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