Fracking Loveland – A look at Natural Gas Fracking

Fracking Loveland - A look at Natural Gas Fracking
Next week, the people of Loveland, Colorado have the opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that would ban natural gas fracking in their overly bumper stickered city (see picture below). This is a continuation of some of the more liberal Colorado cities electing to disallow fracking in their back yard. I’m having a hard time ...

Seattle Living Wage Surcharge & Income Statement Receipts

Seattle Living Wage Surcharge & Income Statement Receipts
A few days ago, ABC affiliate Komo News reported that Seattle Airport parking company Masterpark has started breaking out a Seattle “Living Wage Surcharge” line on their receipts. The new surcharge is an attempt at a transparent response to the $15 dollar per hour minimum wage that Seattle passed last November. I’ve posted my thoughts ...

Ben Wyatt Accounting Problems with Cones of Dunshire

Ben Wyatt Accounting Problems with Cones of Dunshire
My wife and I have been avid Parks and Rec watchers since almost the beginning. It certainly helps that it has Ben Wyatt as the not-completely-terrible accountant, though, of course, they have to play off the standard accounting stereotypes throughout. The stereotype is a bit off the mark, since the only person I knew at my last ...

Thoughts on the Death Tax

Thoughts on the Death Tax
I’ve seen a recent resurgence of debating the Estate Tax, or more lovingly known as the Death Tax, on both Quora and news sites. While my particular tax expertise is more along the lines of corporate and income taxes, I’ve dabbled a bit with this death tax, and I wanted to offer my couple pennies on the ...

State of The Tax Blog

State of The Tax Blog
I’ve had my tax blog up for about a month now since my couple month hiatus, and I thought I’d self indulgently reflect on how things are going. Plus get “tax blog” in those search ratings, because I just realized I don’t have it anywhere, which isn’t good to SEO. The first thing I’ve struggled ...

Arrow TV Show Fails at Business

Arrow TV Show Fails at Business
Everyone knows that movies and TV shows fail miserably in their attempts to capture the workplace (Cracked sums some common tropes up nicely). While watching the CW’s Arrow TV show, I knew business would have to come up every now and then, thanks to the title character’s family owning one of the biggest conglomerates in the ...

Completely Unsolicited Bluebeam Revu Review

Completely Unsolicited Bluebeam Revu Review
During my first year in public accounting, we moved to a paperless environment (though the amount of paper that accumulated on my desk would indicate that “paperless” was a bit of a misnomer). To make our lives easier, each tax accountant was given a PDF markup program called Bluebeam Revu. If you haven’t heard of ...

Work Emails on Weekends – Will it ever end?

Work Emails on Weekends - Will it ever end?
Work emails on weekends are up there with rush-hour traffic and automated phone systems on customer support lines: it’s annoying enough to drive you mad, yet we grudgingly put up with it.Work emails on weekends was one of primary motivators for me leaving public accounting, with that 2 pm request from a partner on a ...

Deloitte Report – Rent Movies instead of Buy

Deloitte Report - Rent Movies instead of Buy
I once had an accounting professor who said accountants were like the prostitutes of the business world – they’ll do anything you want for the right price. I’ll let him take the glory/blame for such analogies, but there’s certainly something to it. Take this recent study from Deloitte. Someone hired them to determine American’s view ...

Setting Up The Blog

Setting Up The Blog
This is a bit of an odd post to write, since I’m almost positive no one will read it. Still, it seemed appropriate to write something after shutting the site down for nearly a year. First of all, welcome back to the few of you who are actually reading this post. It’s been a long ...