Clearing The Fog Of Common Mistakes

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. – Henri Matisse This is the time of year, during which we get to do exactly what Monsieur Matisse, up there, advises. We clear the fog of the (unnecessarily, in my opinion) burdensome pile of forms and regulations which form our tax process. Yes, … Read More

R MendenClearing The Fog Of Common Mistakes

An easy add-on to your tax preparation process

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the start of the year is pretty important, in my opinion. And the LAST thing you need is to be stressed over finances. Yet that’s, unfortunately, … Read More

R MendenAn easy add-on to your tax preparation process

Tax paper chase

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. – Miguel De Cervantes This has ALREADY been one of our most intense years, in preparing the groundwork for “tax season”, simply because the tax code is getting even MORE complex. And, truly–it seems as if I write that … Read More

R MendenTax paper chase

Play a bigger game

“So many fail because they don’t get started — they don’t go.  They don’t overcome inertia.  They don’t begin.” – W. Clement Stone If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother… And I hope you did what you could to make her feel special this weekend. Or, if she’s no longer with us–that the other mothers in your life felt … Read More

R MendenPlay a bigger game

Health Care Reform will affect you like this

What is once well done is done forever.  – Henry David Thoreau Well, as promised, I’m breaking down the new Health Care legislation in this week’s blog post. Polls show that this legislation isn’t popular–but it’s now the law of the land, so we all should get used to it. Families WILL be affected by it, and it’s a good … Read More

R MendenHealth Care Reform will affect you like this

Now what?

“It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.” – Dave Barry Every year, around this time, I find myself blogging about “procrastination” and its dangers, as well as observations from tax season thus far. But this year is different. I’m writing … Read More

R MendenNow what?

Just making sure…

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan Well, we’re nearing the home stretch in tax season. Since the deadline for individuals (April 15th) is just under a month out, we’ve been “packing them … Read More

R MendenJust making sure…

Commonly-overlooked breaks

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings. – Abraham Maslow We’re getting closer and closer to D-Day (April 15th: “Done Day”) around here, and we’ve already had quite a tax season. This truly is our favorite time of year–we get to sit down with our … Read More

R MendenCommonly-overlooked breaks

Audit-proof your life

“The past does not define you, the present does.” – Jillian Michaels I hope your weekend went well–our family has been enjoying the Olympics, and, in particular, many of the stories which go with it. If you’ve paid any attention, you probably heard about American, Lindsey Vonn. She’s known as perhaps the world’s top female skier having dominated the World … Read More

R MendenAudit-proof your life

New credit card rules can trap you

“Old times never come back and I suppose it’s just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that’s better.” – George Edward Woodberry Last week, I sent a note re: avoiding an audit, and I’ve heard from quite a few friends and clients who passed it along to *their* friends and family … Read More

R MendenNew credit card rules can trap you