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Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

How should you spend your tax refund? Figuring out the answer is a nice problem to have and one that’s worth consideration. One of the best ways you can use an unexpected windfall like a tax refund is to pay down high-interest debt, such as credit card balances, because it will immediately lower your interest

Internet Gamblers Must Report Foreign Financial Accounts

Internet gamblers who use foreign online poker accounts must report them as foreign financial accounts, a federal court says. Here, the gambler opened accounts in his name on poker websites that were maintained outside of the United States. He was allowed to deposit and withdraw money and carry outstanding balances.  Because the online gaming sites

Expanded Relief for Voluntary Reporting of Foreign Accounts

IRS offers a carrot and stick to those who fess up about foreign accounts: Expanded relief for non-willful violators. U.S. citizens who reside overseas can come in voluntarily and get all penalties waived no matter how much they owe in taxes. Those who live in the U.X. and filed income tax will face a 5%

Have Questions? We’re Here All Year!

Many clients see their CPAs at tax time, when the main focus is on completing and filing their tax return. As a result, they may not take the opportunity to ask questions about long-term tax planning or about other important financial concerns. The good news is that we are available to you all year. We

What’s So Great about CPAs?

You may not have asked yourself that question in so many words, but you may have wondered what sets CPAs apart from other financial professionals. The answer in short: A lot. We typically begin our careers with years of college and graduate education. To become licensed, we must take the demanding Uniform CPA Examination, which

We Can Help You Address the Issues that Keep You Up at Night

Where will your business be in five years? Would strategic budget cuts in some areas improve your company’s health? Are there ways you can boost revenue? If you’re nearing retirement, is there a buyer or successor in the wings? These are the kinds of questions that keep many business owners up at night. Fortunately, as

How Do Taxes Affect Your Financial Picture?

Do you know how much you’re paying in taxes? You may have a sense of what you spend on income taxes, but have you also considered the taxes you pay on utilities, gasoline, cigarettes and alcohol, hotel stays and numerous other items? The CPA profession’s Total Tax Insights™ calculator (www.totaltaxinsights.org) can put these numbers in

Let Us Help You Leverage What You Can Learn from Your Tax Return

What does your  tax return say about your financial situation? The fact is, the paperwork you file each year offers excellent information about how you are managing your money—and about areas where it might be wise to make changes in your financial habits. If you have questions about your financial situation, remember that we can

Is Your Will Up To Date?

When was the last time you reviewed your will? People generally make wills to guarantee the proper disposition of their money and property, which is why it’s a good idea to consult your CPA when it’s time to create or update your will.   We recommend that you revisit your will every time you experience

Does the Investment Income Tax Apply to You?

As of Jan. 1, 2013, there is a 3.8% net investment income tax on some categories of passive investment income for individuals, trusts and estates that exceed certain income thresholds.  As a result, it is in your best interest to identify these income sources and adopt strategies to lower your modified adjusted gross income or