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Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!

Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!

Not too long ago, a large storm ripped through Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. The storm took down power lines across the area, leaving many without electricity for days. Our office was one of those that lost power. Thankfully we had a plan in place should something like this occur. As a result, we were… read more

Your Share of Pandemic Spending

Since the pandemic hit last year, the Federal government has gone on a massive spending spree, driving budget deficits and the federal debt to unprecedented levels. The numbers are staggering so let’s break them down to make them a little more understandable. Congress has authorized about $6 trillion in pandemic related spending so far and… read more

Are You Prepping or Planning?

Income tax season is upon us as 1099s fill our mailboxes and the filing deadline looms just 60 days from now.  Many filers will turn to Turbotax or other software and nervously complete the forms, hoping not to make a mistake that might bring on the wrath of the IRS.  They may also be anxiously… read more

COVID Gives US Economy Swine Flu

Do you remember the PIGS?  The European Debt Crisis a decade ago centered around Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.  Their governments and banking systems were in dire straits after excessive borrowing and they needed to be bailed out by their European neighbors, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  The crisis dragged on… read more

Ten Reasons to Tax Plan Now

Taxes are the biggest expense for many Americans, and yet, most fail to do much to reduce their income taxes.  Those that use a professional tax preparer may get some good suggestions when they get their tax return done early in the year, but to get the best tax savings, you need to so some… read more

Can I Take a Home Office Tax Deduction?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people who do not typically work from home are doing so now. And many workers will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This brings up an interesting question, “Do I qualify for a tax deduction if I work from home?” The Tax Cuts and Jobs… read more

2020 Planning Checklist

The world has changed dramatically in 2020 so it’s a good time to revisit your financial planning.  There have been three major tax laws enacted over the past several months and many people’s income will look very different this year. It’s also a good time to revisit your retirement plan and estate plan.  And Michiganders… read more

COVID-19 & Taxes

Where are taxes headed and how can you prepare? Unprecedented situations call for unparalleled solutions and the Coronavirus pandemic has marshalled the full resources of our government to blunt the blow of the virus on the economy. Several phases of fiscal stimulus – government spending – have increased the budget deficit and will certainly help… read more

Tax Planning Day

Today, April 15th, normally marks the annual tax filing deadline for taxpayers.  But, of course, this isn’t a normal year and the deadline has been extended to July 15th.  Rather than filing your tax returns today, you may want to take the opportunity to do some tax planning.  Two major tax laws, the SECURE Act… read more