Michigan Taxes FTW

Michigan Taxes FTW
Today was one of those long, grueling days that make me wonder why I bother with taxes. Or, as my manager put when he came by my desk to pile on another client request, “Well, the bad news is that we both have to work for a living.” One of my clients had something like ...

Search Results

Search Results
My blog is not exactly a search hit powerhouse, but I’ve managed to get readership up through creative use of tax terms and long tail searches. I’d probably get a few more hits if I wrote a little more, but currently I’m wrapped up in another project that occupies most of my free writing time. ...

Minimum Wage Economics

Minimum Wage Economics
Sneaking out for vacation from a public accounting firm sometimes feels like chewing through a leash. I managed to rip through the cord around my neck (aka turning off email on my phone) and get away for a bit into the beautiful city of Savannah. My favorite part was the Midnight Voodoo Tour, which was ...

Website Back Up

Website Back Up
I was a bit surprised to go onto my website early this week and find the image below staring back at me: Apparently there was some confusion (on my part) what was covered with my hosting service. I switched services over a year ago, and I was under the impression domain registration was included in the ...

What Krugman Didn’t Say

What Krugman Didn’t Say
Just last week I posted about the difficulties in discussing taxes without hitting politics. And now here comes Paul Krugman, sticking them into his Blendtec and trying to prove how well they blend. Mr. Krugman’s latest article reflects on the demise of the Twinkie and harkens back to the “innocent time” of the 50’s. He ...

New Blog Theme

New Blog Theme
I’ve decided to update the theme for my blog. The main complaint I had with the old one was the strange gray color for the text. The new one has a nice, standard black. I haven’t done coding since college, so there might be some quirks along the way to get it how I want ...

Taxes and Politics

Taxes and Politics
On election night, my overly plush Itasca-resort bed refused to drift me off to sleep. External factors competed vigorously for my sanity: too many pillows, too few blankets, a heater that only pretended to work, looming deadlines, and, of course, election results. So I decided to merge work and politics by huddling into copious layers ...

Foreign Tax–Last Night’s Debate

Foreign Tax–Last Night’s Debate
As I watched—or more like listened while playing dumb flash games—to last night’s schoolyard slugfest, it all sounded  like things I’ve heard before. For some sadistic reason I’m mostly up on both President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s policies and politics. I honestly try to have a fair view of the issues, though I don’t admit ...

Presidential Debate—My Attempt At Fundamental Questions

Presidential Debate—My Attempt At Fundamental Questions
When I worked as a payroll clerk at my University, I’d often pass a sign that challenged the reader to “Question Everything.” Typically I’d try to question the sign when I walked by, and while I came up with some reasonable examples where it didn’t hold up well (questioning traffic signals as a driver comes ...

Bonus Depreciation Frustrations

Bonus Depreciation Frustrations
I have way too many billable hours already this week, so rant time: throw out bonus depreciation. Mostly because it makes my life more difficult. And I’m pretty sure my life is all that matters. When a taxpayer purchases items with a life over a year to be used in their business (think computers and ...