Per aspera ad astra? It’s more like ‘ad fundum”

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The Kansas Legislature meet at the State Capit...

The Kansas Legislature meet at the State Capitol in Topeka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sorry, Warren- that is a terrible idea

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I read Warren Buffett’s piece, Better than Raising the Minimum Wage, in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. I expected better from Mr. Buffett, who has generally come across with better taxation and income ideas publicly.  This piece is not up to his normal standards- because it is yet another method to have the US citizenry subsidize the actions of moderate and larger sized businesses.

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Who’s Lazy?

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Today is Memorial Day.  Most of you don’t recall that it’s to remember our brave citizens who lost their lives to keep us free.  Instead, you consider that it’s a day off, the kickoff of Summer swimming and holidays.  Only in that case is it appropriate to discuss a new segment of our workplace.

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Counting to 50

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Tomorrow night I will never go to sleep.  The day we’ve been waiting for is here.  Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Shvuot- the Feast of Weeks.

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Cheaper than Iraq- and more important!

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Infrastructure.   You know- the facilities, the structures, the systems that our country (and cities and counties) need to survive.   Our economy can’t function without an infrastructure- whether it’s roads, tunnels, bridges, electric grids, water systems, sewers, telecommunications- or any combination thereof.

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Every little bit helps…

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Good news!!!!!!  (I love reporting good news!)

If you live in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York (certain locations), or Indiana- or you have business entities that operate in those states- you are about to save a chunk of change.   You see these states impose surcharges on their residents that are officially taxes for the county or city of residence.  (I remember the first time a client yelled at me saying their Maryland taxes were only $ 5000, why did they have to send in $ 7000?   It’s because their county had an additional surtax, one that was paid to the state.)

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3? 6? 7?

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When the IRS comes knocking- either in person or via a correspondence audit-  you should be prepared to answer their questions- fully, completely, and truthfully.

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Now?

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So, the ides of May have come and gone.  Which means it’s been a month since your 2014 taxes were due to be filed (and some two months since corporate filings were due).  It’s time to consider what 2015 will bring- because tax planning should have started already.  It’s way too late when the calendar reads 2016 to you wonder what your real tax bite will be.

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Our Ostrich Behavior

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I really hate sounding like Chicken Little.  But, given the intellectual and economic prowess of our Congress (that’s both the House and the Senate), I really have no choice.  (Anyone else recognize the stupidity of bringing snowballs onto the floor to lambaste those who understand the import of global climate change?)

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K cups KO coffee shipments

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