Fixing the problems of financial do-it-yourselfers

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New Jersey financial adviser Michael Kay wrote in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal “Do-it-yourselfers often approach advisers as a last resort when they have an especially complex or urgent financial issue, and advisers should proceed carefully with this type of client.” Since the launch of my own practice six months ago, I notice that a high […]

“CPA is too expensive” says this woman

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but ignorance is priceless! A professional tax preparer shared this hilarious story: A single woman with a salaried position was looking for help with her “simple” tax return. She also has a side business as an artist. The art work generates minimal income but much larger tax deductions that resulted in losses of at least […]

Lessons to be learned from Manco and Manco tax evasion case

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Philadelphia area newspapers have been following a high-profile tax evasion prosecution of the owners of South Jersey’s most successful pizza shops. The owners of Manco and Manco pizza are accused of failing to report almost a million dollars of cash receipts over a period of years. I have no intent to comment on the details of […]

Sales tax on interstate accounting services

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The Democrat-led Finance Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly voted yesterday (4/29/2015) to expand its state sales tax to include accounting services. The Senate President Pro Tem said that he supports the changes but there appears to be opposition to the move beyond that. Three states currently tax professional services: New Mexico, Hawaii and South […]

Variance in taxes is part of the game

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I have little patience lately for tax accountants who assert that their approach is “correct” and that all other results are “errors”. This is like having the sideline judge disagreeing with the referee on the field that called the play. We understand the mentality that the law is meant to be precise and therefore the results […]

Tax accounting for hobby income and expenses

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If you have an active hobby then you might find that you make some money at it. But it is important to recognize that the IRS makes a distinction between businesses run for profit and those that are hobbies without a profit motive. This post summarizes the four key differences in tax accounting between the two. […]

Why middle-income tax planning is dead

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Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal ran articles this week that compile and analyze federal income tax data. These articles were meant for use as an exposé of policy tax policy. I skipped the social policy discussion entirely and I looked at the data from the perspective of a small solo CPA’s income tax service. It is interesting […]