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

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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

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

Valentine’s Day follow-up

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey So, this is the big question of the week: how did Valentine’s go? Some say it’s a “Hallmark Holiday”, but well–some spouses think otherwise, right? Well, if you blew it, … Read More

R MendenValentine’s Day follow-up

Who ‘dat preparing your taxes?

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” – Earl Shoaf Congratulations to the Saints–the Super Bowl was a lot of fun to watch (for a change!), and I think almost everyone is happy for New Orleans (except, perhaps, Indianapolis). Oh, … Read More

R MendenWho ‘dat preparing your taxes?

Don’t forget the love

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” – J.C. Watts Well, I wanted to start off by giving you a little “nudge” to make sure you at least *remembered* that the … Read More

R MendenDon’t forget the love