Is it political? Is delayed prosecution for financial fraud unethical?

Posted Posted in Ethics, New Jersey, News and Politics

Twenty plus years ago when I worked as an accountant for contractors documenting various types of financial fraud committed by the Trump organization for civil cases, the decision to not charge him criminally clearly was political. Civil courts in hundreds of cases found evidence of fraud, yet criminal charges were never filed. Politicians in New […]

Nine 2021 tax law changes in the American Rescue Plan

Posted Posted in News and Politics, Taxes

The American Rescue Plan makes these nine tax law changes for 2021: Additional stimulus payments Expanded Child Tax Credit Expanded Child and Dependent Care Credit Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Increased Premium Tax Credits Extension and expansion of Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave Extension of Employee Retention Credit Pension plan relief Repeal of worldwide […]

Overview of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Posted Posted in Aquaculture, Farming, Financial Planning, News and Politics, Tax Planning

Background In February 2021 the U.S. Senate, The House of Representatives and the Executive Branch led by the White House took a series of actions designed to address the pandemic recession by allowing a huge proposed economic stimulus bill to move through to approval without relying on Republican party votes. The Democratic Party members of […]

Political support policy for 2021 and 2022

Posted Posted in Government, News and Politics, Values

I’ve been an advocate of written policies in aspects of financial management, whether investment policy, expense approval policy, charitable donations and more. This post is about my own political support policy for the next couple of years. I’m probably in the majority of Americans concerned with the actions by a minority of more radical but […]

Tooth Fairy Syndrome

Posted Posted in Accounting, Data Management, Education, Government, Leadership, News and Politics, Scam, Social Media

Young children believe in fairy tales like the tooth fairy. Despite having no direct evidence of the tooth fairy’s existence, they believe what other children and adults tell them. They are told the false logic that the result they see (money under their pillow) is proof that the tooth fairy exists. We don’t fault young […]

Safety planning for 2021 post-pandemic: a personal choice

Posted Posted in Business networking, crisis management, News and Politics

By all accounts, we are not yet halfway through the worst of the COVID pandemic as we soon enter the cold weather season. The most basic point of what we now know is that it spreads easily through the air with prolonged contact. Even indoor ventilation systems pose a significant spread risk. We also know […]

Trump’s three largest tax problems

Posted Posted in Government, News and Politics

Donald Trump’s tax problems are obviously of great public interest. This post summarizes the three largest issues as widely reported in popular media1 : 1) IRS audit on partnership losses – The federal government’s tax auditors at the Internal Revenue Service disagree with a tax position taken by Trump that could reportedly increase his income […]

Alarming financial reports leaked

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Banking, News and Politics

Questions about the leaked reports from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit (FinCEN): All parties acknowledge this disclosure places the employees of financial institutions in danger. How badly is this going to deter anyone in the financial industry from complying with the law going forward? If employees in these institutions were following the law in reporting […]

What’s going on in D.C. and how does it affect your South Jersey business?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in crisis management, New Jersey, News and Politics, Small Business

Yesterday the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce sponsored a discussion program with government policy experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce titled “What’s going on in D.C. and how it affects your business?”. If you own a small business in New Jersey (like me) the basic question is likely ‘How bad will it be?’ This […]

Preserving right of claim for 2016 tax returns

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Affordable Care Act, News and Politics, Tax Planning

The hottest topic in tax planning right now is the protection of right to claim a refund for 2016. It’s likely a hot of hot air about nothing. Beginning on 2016 wealthy people paid additional taxes mandated by the Affordable Care Act. If the Affordable Care Act is deemed unconstitutional, then theoretically the taxes it […]