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A Brand New Reality, Part 3

Here we are, day 91 of 2020, in a reality that seems stranger than fiction; not only are we being asked to stay away from people, “Tiger King” is trending on Netflix, and our kids’ dream of school being closed has come true. In this bizarre new reality, the constant uncertainty and rapidly evolving economic changes are a source of…

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Secret Codes

There it is. In the mailbox just over there. Your hands are sweaty, and your pulse picks up. Do you open it? Do you leave it on the counter and walk away? Do you dump it in the trash and not give it a second thought? No matter your course of action, the IRS has sent you a notice and…

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The “Psychology” of Taxes

Growing up in Michigan, the annual camping trip to “The Lake” is a rite of passage. There are other things that were annual traditions while on this camping trip in our family; things like leaving at least ½ of the tent poles at home, setting up and/or taking down camp in the rain, and playing games as a family. These…

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

I spent the summer enjoying my family and crossing something off of my bucket list. My daughter and I were able to visit New York City and see The Prom on Broadway before it closed in August. We had a great time and are already planning our return trip. At home we are finishing up building a new shed; our…

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Pay-As-You-Go

I was in a Political Science course recently and was surprised to realize that there are some who do not understand the correlation between the tax dollars we pay and the money that the government has to spend. In other words, our taxes are what the government has available to them to spend. Consider the following: what if your weekly…

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The Plot Thickens

Hi, everyone! I think I am finally recovered from tax season. Today the IRS released a new W-4 form to more accurately reflect the amount of tax liability that you will have during 2019. You can view the new form here. Although the first page does not look very different, the worksheets that accompany the form are a bit more…

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Let’s talk about 2019

There are only 3 weeks left until the April 15th filing deadline. It has been a busy season with mixed results for some clients. I think that it is safe to say that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has proven to be as far reaching as it was promised. While the results are not always expected, they are…

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Wrestling with Results

It has been a very interesting three weeks since the IRS opened the e-filing season. We are seeing varied results compared to last year and generally those results are less money coming back to clients as refunds. This causes a state of bewilderment and frustration to those who traditionally count on their refund for certain expenses. We understand that the…

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