Philadelphia Folk Festival Checklist

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Over the years I’ve put together this checklist based on experience, mostly learned the hard way, and am posting it here today – on this 50th anniversary of Woodstock and 58th launch of the Philadelphia Folk Festival – in the event that someone else might find it useful. As I approach 60 and celebrate the […]

Passport threatened by IRS?

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Have you received notice from the IRS that your passport will be revoked? Was you passport application declined because of unpaid taxes? Take action immediately to address a crisis soon affecting almost a half million Americans. The best approach is to use an experienced professional representative to negotiate a solution. Don’t wait; act quickly to […]

The misguided travel ban

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“The record before this Court is unique. It includes significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the Executive Order”. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s’ language in blocking the president’s travel ban is difficult for the average reader. I had to do some digging into the ruling and third party legal commentary […]

Review of ‘The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island’

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Today I finished reading “The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson. This is still one of the first 10 books I’ve read in electronic format that I’ve come to enjoy while on the treadmill. I’ve read most of Bryson’s work and regard him as one of the brightest […]

Support for immigration reform

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I am committed to support the right of individuals to travel freely across political borders. The U.S. Constitution ensures equal representation for all individuals living in the United States, regardless of immigration status. Noncitizens lack the right to vote in federal elections but they have the right to have their voices heard by their representatives […]

Second Thursday Blues

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All of us are limited, I suppose, to being in one place at a time. The number of important organization board meetings and other community events held on the second Thursday of the month is overwhelming for me. I am most often forced to say “As much as I support your organization as a top-level priority, […]

Impressions of Maine’s coastal region

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How Maine’s coast made me better appreciate New Jersey’s Delaware Bay region I spent this past week in Bar Harbor, Maine in the middle of the state’s coastal zone looking for different ecotourism ideas and approaches to help inspire the rebuilding of our wrecked economy at New Jersey’s Delaware Bay shore community at rural Money […]

Tax deductible employee business expenses

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The basics of an often-misunderstood tax topic If you are an employee with expenses related to your job, these expenses are not taxable income. If your employer reimburses these expenses separately from your wages then these amounts are not taxed and you need to take no further action. But if the amounts were included in your […]

Why are tax attorneys so expensive?

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The Wall Street Journal ran an article this week about the number of attorneys billing at $1,000 to $1,500 per hour. It turns out that there were more tax attorneys in the list than any other type. Why? In my own practice, the primary consideration in setting a fee is an estimate of the likely […]

Who is responsible when the payroll service screws up?

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A new legal case might give some insight to responsibility for compliance with the maze of federal, state and local laws controlling electronic banking and payroll transactions Most small businesses that pay employees or contractors use a third-party payroll accounting service to handle the required record-keeping and tax payment transactions. These services are inexpensive, typically […]