Don’t Neglect Your Succession Planning

Succession planning can be one of the most difficult issues faced by a family-owned business. As a business owner nearing retirement, how do you transfer leadership (and perhaps ownership) and keep the business running smoothly? Unfortunately, many businesses don’t survive the transition to the next generation. As with most business problems, good planning is the […]

Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax prep software?

As tax professionals, we often are asked “Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax preparation software?” Let us explain… Tax software producers claim their products can prepare complex returns, but you may want to think twice before relying on software for all your tax and financial guidance. Although software may […]

3 Tips to Steer Clear of Work-From-Home Scams

With millions of Americans working remotely for the first time this year, the Federal Trade Commission is warning people about work-from-home scams. Here are some common work-from-home offers to be careful of according to the FTC: At-Home Medical Billing Businesses. Many medical billing business opportunities are worthless. Their promoters don’t tell the truth about earnings […]

Financial Basics: Calculate Your Net Worth

Whatever your financial goals in life – whether they include buying a new house, taking a trip to Europe, funding your children’s college educations, having enough money fora comfortable retirement, or all of the above -you are more likely to reach your goals if you do some planning. The fact that you are reading this […]

Check your credit report – it’s free

You can check your credit rating from all three of the major credit reporting agencies for free to ensure the accuracy of your report. Simply log onto the Internet and go to www.annualcreditreport.com. Alternatively, you can receive your free report if you call 1-877-322-8228. You are allowed to obtain one free report from each agency […]

The Household Employee Problem

This often overlooked bookkeeping and payroll tax requirement can cause a tangle of tax problems if not handled correctly. It ended a run for Congress by Caroline Kennedy (JFK’s daughter) and killed a U.S. Attorney General nominee’s chances for appointment. Could you be impacted? This is what you need to know. Nanny Tax Explained In […]

Watch Out for Apartment Rental Rip-Offs

Planning to move? As you scan apartment listings on Craigslist, you spy a great deal. The rental unit comes with amenities galore and lease payments well below market rates. You’re in a time crunch, so you make an appointment to tour the apartment. Unbeknownst to you, the “landlord” (AKA the guy who’s leading you on […]

Five Big Tax Mistakes

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning. Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax. Don’t be too hard on yourself if […]

Take an IRA Deduction Now. Pay Later.

Here is a tax planning tip for those who file their tax returns early and wish to contribute to a tax deductibleIRA, but do not have the funds to do so. Say you want to pay into an IRA to get a tax break but you don’t have the money? Take heart, there are ways […]

Five Great Banking Tips

Banks are a necessary tool to navigate our daily financial lives. Unfortunately, there are aggravating practices at many banks that drive us crazy or cost us money. Here are five tips to get more out of your bank and pay less. Remove cash from the right place. Never use an ATM machine that is not […]