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  • The Frick Collection
    Top ten reasons to purchase a museum membership
    Whether for a friend or for yourself, a museum membership can be a great gift that keeps on giving - all year long. There are hundreds of museums around town, from the very small historic house to the cultural powerhouses that tourists flock to....
  • Make April merrier by preparing for tax time today
    Make April merrier by preparing for tax time today
    It's that time of year once again, fellow taxpayers. Time to listen to the endless drone of Christmas music, time to fret over what to give whom, time to blow fuse or two on your home's electrical grid trying to outdo the neighbor's...
  • Casino layoffs
    Casino success in Schenectady? A roll of the dice
    The Capital Region is abuzz with the news that the city and county of Schenectady has won the area casino sweepstakes. The news also means proposals for East Greenbush, Rensselaer, and Howe’s Caverns have been declined. The decision ends an...
  • How soon can I file my taxes?
    When can I file my 2014 tax return in 2015?
    Tax season is right around the corner and you are probably wondering when you can file your 2014 taxes since last year tax returns were not being accepted by the IRS until January 31.Currently, the IRS has not released when the 2015 tax season...
  • Lawmakers may be too fixated on making things more expensive for Americans
    Lawmakers may be too fixated on making things more expensive for Americans
    Nine months ago New York state joined New York City in a lawsuit against FedEx for un-taxed cigarettes, stating in the amended complaint that FedEx shipped nearly 400,000 cartons of un-stamped cigarettes to homes in the state.They believed they...
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    The Brockporter’s Great Article on the Tax Cap
    On Friday, David Markham published a great article on how the village of Brockport had stayed under New York State’s tax cap, while the Town of Sweden had not.It’s time for the naysayers to get their facts straight and start...
  • Alan Gottlieb
    More I-594 fallout as DOL, Revenue issue advisories
    Yesterday’s advisory from the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL), following Thursday’s “Special Notice” from the Department of Revenue on “Tax Implications of Firearms transfers” have raised more questions...
  • Holiday shopping season begins.
    4 steps to freeing up money for the holidays
    The holiday season has begun in the Capital Region with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday. But what can prepare families for January, when the bills will come due?Sit down (preferably with your...
  • Angry Democrats blame Obama for midterm election slaughter
    Angry Democrats blame Obama for midterm election slaughter
    Democrats have joined the growing criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The situation was laid bare this week as top Senate Democrats feeling the post-election turn of events could hinder upcoming issues over taxes,...
  • Teamwork: Who is the accountant on your business team?
    Teamwork: Who is the accountant on your business team?
    For the participants in Calling All Female Entrepreneurs, we ask them before the class to repeat this mantra "I can not do this by myself!" Repeat "I can't do this by myself." We teach the Robert Kiyosaki, cash flow...
  • Obama and Sharpton
    Al Sharpton owes $4.5 million in taxes
    Al Sharpton, who has made headlines in recent days with his involvement with the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, is making new headlines. Actually, he is making the repeat of old headlines about himself with some new and troublesome details,...
  • Tax Planning
    Year-End Tax Tips
    The 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established higher tax rates , phased out and eliminated deductions and exemptions at high income levels, which caused many of my clients to experience “sticker shock...
  • Estimate your tax refund
    How to estimate your IRS tax refund for 2014, 2015
    When it comes time to file your taxes you probably go into stress mode. However, if you are expecting to receive a tax refund it is a good idea to know how much money you can expect to receive.By using a tax refund estimator, you will have an...
  • Jonathan Gruber
    Jonathan Gruber admits 'mislabeling' in Obamacare to get rid of tax breaks
    In a sixth video, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, admitted to subterfuge in an effort to get rid of tax credits for employer-based health insurance, CNN reported Friday. The "only way" they could get...
  • Figuring out the tax deductibility of your co-op maintenance payment
    Are you paying too much? Figure your co-op tax deduction in 6 easy steps
    If you've checked out any co-op listings in NYC, you've most-likely seen a note in the listing information something to the effect of "% tax deductible." Ever wondered what that means or how it's figured out? It's...