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Taxes, (Un)Explained: The Best Things in Life Are Tax-Free

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If there’s one thing even most Republicans and Democrats agree on, it’s that the tax system should be “fair,” if for no other reason than people then feel better about paying their due, and theoretically, at least, cheat less. Unfortunately that taxes should be “fair” is one of those inch-deep accords, since as soon as…
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My Big Fat Greek Tax Problem

Last week’s blog contained this amazing stop-the-presses Newsflash: Americans don’t like paying taxes! I know that comes as a shock, but go lie down and put a cold compress on your head, and in a few days, or maybe a week, you’ll get over it. Besides, there is apparently a country that dislikes paying taxes…
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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 2)

Last week we quizzed our readers on how well they can explain the tax codes related to their personal return. This week we have a similar question: How well do you understand the tax codes related to your business? More than half (54%, to be exact) of all U.S. sales are from small businesses. Just…
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It’s the New & Improved April 15

It’s almost spring, a time when we shake off the winter doldrums, dust off the hiking boots, fill our bosoms with hope as flowers begin to bloom, and have the profound realization, “I gotta do my taxes! Pronto!” Yes. Just as we start to fill a renewed sense of optimism and hope, April 15 comes…
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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 1)

Quick quiz: How well can you explain the tax codes related to your personal return? If you’re unsure, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Though most of us file taxes every year, we still seem to have very little knowledge of tax laws. In fact, a new study reveals that most Americans would fail a tax…
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Lawyers vs. Accountants: Round 1

It seems you can’t go a day without reading about how law school enrollment is plummeting, big law firms are imploding, lawyers are flaming out faster than 4th of July fireworks, and the profession, once regarded as something to aspire to, now ranks, in the public’s imagination, somewhere between human bug-eater and professional sociopath in…
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The 8 Emotional Stages Of Filing Your Taxes

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” – Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities There’s no…
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Spring cleaning

5 Legal Tips to Help You Clean Up This Spring

With tax day coming up, you might already be finished with your taxes, or you will be soon. Why not use that momentum to get organized in other areas of your life?  Spring’s the time for a fresh start, so dust off your insurance policy, estate plan, and other essentials. You and your family will…
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Is Your Small Business Paying Too Much in Taxes?

For many successful small businesses, every penny counts. In fact, finding savvy, smart ways to save money means having more money to invest, more money to grow, and more money to take risks. And while it can be important to cut corners on your expenses and day-to-day operations, it’s also important to make sure you…
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2013 Estate Tax Changes for Small Business

How Estate Tax Changes Could Affect Your Small Business

Guest contributor Randall D. Fisher explains the impending 2013 estate tax changes and what they might mean for your small business. “Taxmageddon” and the “Fiscal Cliff” follow me everywhere. They snake into headlines, soundbites, and the subject lines of financial spam. Yet it’s not their ubiquitousness that I find so distressing. It’s not the former…
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