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  • Ronald Reagan's Tax Cuts
    Fourth of July tax thoughts
    On this day we celebrate American independence, based partly on the tyranny of "taxation without representation," Capital Region residents may want to consider current tax issues. Taxes rank near the top in money concerns.What does the...
  • Disneyland floats expansion
    Disney lobbies against gate tax with $1 billion expansion
    In a new turn of events Disney is actively working to make sure ticket prices don't go up - at least, not without their say so. Since 1996 Disneyland has enjoyed a ticket tax exemption that expires on June 30, 2016, prompting current city...
  • Off the grid
    Foreign income tax returns: Finishing strong in 2015
    Well, we’re now officially halfway through 2015. For some people, that’s something to celebrate as they wave a happy farewell to tax season. For the really lucky ones, they have a bit extra spending money for the rest of the year. But...
  • Chicago streaming tax becomes official
    Chicago begins taxing streaming services like Netflix and Spotify
    The city of Chicago, as part of a new effort to generate revenue from online sources, began taxing streaming services under a revised "amusement tax" rule that went into effect yesterday.Residents of the city will see a nine percent tax...
  • Company
    Form BE-10: The facts and the figures (Part 2)
    In our previous look at the BE-10 – the newest form from the BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis) – we considered the absurd expectations being pressed onto taxpayers. For those just joining the party, the BEA has decided it’s...
  • Santorini, Greece
    Greece's economy: America is now not far off
    Gay marriage is now legal, and the Affordable Care Act seems to be here to stay. Two sweeping Supreme Court decisions in the same week promise to affect each of us, perhaps not so positively. But they've certainly captured our attention...
  • Sunny Day
    Form BE-10: A most unwelcome surprise (Part 1)
    Here’s a little scenario for you: It’s a beautiful summer day and people are out and about in the park. They’re smiling and happy and making the best of the stunning weather. A pleasant-looking person walks past you and you think...
  • Grand Cayman
    Federal tax amnesty programs and you: 2015 edition
    In our overview of federal tax amnesty programs for 2015, I wanted to make one thing painstakingly clear – success starts with current compliance. Any – and all – of the individual programs we’re going to take a look at...
  • Paying For College
    Paying for College - Financial Planning Strategies
    Planning for your child's college education? Having the resources to pay for tuition is a great feeling. Children with a college education can have more doors and opportunities ahead of them. Setting aside a portion of your income now will...
  • Income tax
    Getting started with federal amnesty tax programs: 2015 edition
    We’re halfway through 2015, and luckily for you, the same programs that were available at the start of the year are still here! There’s not one, not two, but over a half-dozen federal tax amnesty programs available for a wide variety...
  • Papers
    Local Tax Expert Has Tips to Protect Your Important Tax Documents
    How to keep important information safe in case of a flood or hurricaneTHE WOODLANDS, TX (June 19, 2015) – Hurricane season is upon us and with it the ever-present threat of heavy rains and flooding. In the scramble to prepare one’s...
  • A place called home
    Dealing with tax liens under the IRS Fresh Start Program
    With the onset of the IRS Fresh Start Program, many of us have been intrigued by the allure of “freshness” that the program’s name implies. While some of the changes in key aspects of the program – consider the slight...
  • U.S. Senate
    113 Congress U.S. Senate still in the dark
    The February 2 issue of The New American magazine contained the Senate votes for the 113th Congress in it's Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution. The average score for the Senate was a saddening 37% with only...
  • Carly Fiorina is loaded
    Carly's stupid sideshow distraction
    At a stage in the presidential vetting process when time is precious, candidates need to prioritize their topics. Carly Fiorina chose to talk about her tax return. Was that a smart and prudent thing to do when Middle Class Americans have important...
  • Clamped Wallet
    Only paying what you can afford with the IRS Fresh Start Program
    For a lot of us, the word compromise doesn’t bring up the most positive of feelings. We understand that we have to give up a portion of something we want in order to appease someone else. Well, it’s an unfortunate reality that when...
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