Don’t Bogart That Deduction, My Friend

Imagine you’re a hardworking pot dealer just trying to operate an honest shop in the newly legal marijuana industry. You get audited, and the examiner hits you with a $290,000 bill. He then asks to talk “off the record,” and tells you he was lenient with your examination. The real bill, he says, should have been a million dollars higher. Then he looks you in the eye and says, “Hey . . . how about a little something, you know, for the effort?” That’s pretty much what happened to one marijuana dispensary owner in Seattle. Except the auditor’s dopey request
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Smart Tax Planning and Effective Systems & Procedures

On this special episode of Stick Like Glue Radio, I’m interviewed by Jim Palmer. On this extended show we cover two important topics: Smart tax planning and Effective Systems and Procedures for small business owners! Don’t miss this important show! Listen by CLICKING HERE Diane Gardner is an expert tax coach, Quilly award recipient, and best-selling author whose proactive planning approach gives clients a leg up on Uncle Sam and helps them dodge the tax bullet. Diane saves small business clients between $5,000 and $50,000 in as little as 60 minutes!
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Share a Coke with the IRS

Coca Cola has earned a lot of headlines for their “Share a Coke with . . . ” marketing campaign, printing bottles and cans with 1,000 of the most popular names in the country, along with nicknames like “Mom,” “Dad,” Soulmate,” and “BFF.” You can even go online to customize your own bottle for just five bucks. (Just imagine the possibilities . . . “Share a Koke with a Kardashian” for reality-TV wannabes, or “Share a Diet Coke with Your Yoga Instructor” for fitness fanatics? The Center for Science in the Public Interest even created a “Share a Coke with
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Alibaba and the Forty Percent

Turn on the financial news and you’ll hear all sorts of explanations for the stock market’s ups and downs. Oh no, the Fed’s going to raise rates! Oh no, they’re not! Who knows what the real answer is? But last week, the IRS moved the market — when they casually signaled they wouldn’t be greenlighting Yahoo’s plan to spin off their remaining stake in the Chinese company Alibaba. Yahoo was the first big online search engine, and they helped popularize services like free email addresses. It’s still the most-read news website and fourth-most visited site in the world. But those
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Working Woman Entrepreneur

Diane Gardner guest starred on the amazing podcast, Working Woman Entrepreneur, with Anne Meador. Listen by CLICKING HERE Diane Gardner is an expert tax coach, Quilly award recipient, and best-selling author whose proactive planning approach gives clients a leg up on Uncle Sam and helps them dodge the tax bullet. Diane saves small business clients between $5,000 and $50,000 in as little as 60 minutes!
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Vive le Tax!

This year, as usual, millions of American tourists took advantage of summer vacation to travel abroad. Favorable exchange rates made European destinations especially attractive. Seeing Old World cultures gives us perspective that we just can’t get when we load up the family truckster and head for Disney World. The sights, the sounds, and the great big smells we encounter abroad shed new light on our ordinary lives. New languages, new governments, and even new taxes can prompt us to reconsider our place in the world. Take Paris, for example. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, and
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Small Business Taxes

Diane Gardner guest starred on the amazing podcast, The Boomer Gal, with Kalynn Amadio.   LISTEN BY CLICKING HERE Small Business Taxes are a walk in the park for this guest. Diane Gardner is an expert tax coach, Quilly award recipient, and best-selling author whose proactive planning approach gives clients a leg up on Uncle Sam and helps them dodge the tax bullet. Diane saves small business clients between $5,000 and $50,000 in as little as 60 minutes!
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What’s in a name?

Sports fans go nuts this time of year. Baseball fans are watching pennant races heat up; football fans are watching the NFL take the gridiron to kick off the new season; and tennis fans are moving their heads from side to side to take in the U.S. Open. Naturally, this means we’re going to talk about basketball. In Shakespeare’s archetypal tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers bemoan the feud between their families that keeps them apart. In Act II, Scene II, Juliet gazes out her window and wonders, “What’s in a name?” The answer, according to a Chicago jury:
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