Shakopee Accountant On: “Betting On Black”

"95 percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself."  – Brian Tracy You know how Thanksgiving got its start, don’t you? Smack in the middle of horrendous civil war, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving which should take place every year. I believe Lincoln understood a fundamental … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant On: “Betting On Black”

I’m NOT a Financial Planner, But …

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”  – Jim Rohn First off, I hope you’ve had the chance to respond to last week’s blog post — and thanks to the many who took the time to help US help YOU before tax season strikes. But secondly, I’m here to challenge your thinking a little today. This blog post … Read More

R MendenI’m NOT a Financial Planner, But …

Shakopee Accountant Reviews: “Questions Which Might Affect Your 2011 Tax Bill”

"If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." -Goethe I have a few questions for you, which won’t take very long to answer, but can help US help you keep your taxes down, even for this year. Just email the … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Reviews: “Questions Which Might Affect Your 2011 Tax Bill”

If This Bubble Don’t Burst, It’s Going To Be Scary

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things."  – Leonardo da Vinci Brace yourself, because this blog post could hurt a little. Let me start here: I’m writing this on Monday morning (Halloween), and the Occupy Wall Street folks are … Read More

R MendenIf This Bubble Don’t Burst, It’s Going To Be Scary

Shakopee Accountant Reports On: “Living In a Material World”

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough." -Charles Dudley Warner There was a recent "Freakonomics" podcast about the folly of prediction. Fascinating stuff — and (predictably) one of the most valuable conclusions? The experts are usually wrong. When you study how experts make opinions and, more importantly, the characteristics of those who make GOOD predictions, … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Reports On: “Living In a Material World”

Shakopee Accountant Asks: “I’m Not Lying–Are You?”

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather Now that “extension season” has all been about wrapped up, we’re able to breathe a little easier around here at Team Menden. And one of the things we’ll be focusing on, next, is how to maximize YOUR tax savings for 2011. We’re … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Asks: “I’m Not Lying–Are You?”

Shakopee Accountant Defines: “Common Sense Identity Protection”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs (1955-2011) Enough has been written, by now, of Steve Jobs, that my two cents seems a bit stale. But I would like to say this: Steve Jobs made the … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Defines: “Common Sense Identity Protection”

Deadlines And Mistakes

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear." -Socrates I’m continuing my (well-received — thank you!) series on hidden financial mistakes this week. But first a few reminders for you: 1) "Extension friends" (that means the ones who filed for one in April, or earlier): we’re coming down to the wire … Read More

R MendenDeadlines And Mistakes

Shakopee Accountant Reports On: “Financial Mistakes Hardly Anyone Talks About”

"The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves." – Robert Burton In the course of our daily work around here, we not only work with numbers a LOT … but we also get a regular course on how people (our clients, mostly) *think* about those numbers. … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Reports On: “Financial Mistakes Hardly Anyone Talks About”

“A Tax Hike for You?” Shakopee Accountant Advises

"Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity." – Goethe Monday morning, we all woke up to a new deficit-reduction plan from the White House: raise taxes. (Story here: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-deficit-20110918,0,2819262.story ) I’m not here to beat anyone’s political head on the wall, so I’ll restrict my comments to a few key points — for YOU: 1) It’s not a … Read More

R Menden“A Tax Hike for You?” Shakopee Accountant Advises