Creepy Little Elf Has Nothing on the IRS

If you have kids and you celebrate Christmas, you’re probably familiar with the Elf on the Shelf — a storybook and accompanying doll that help encourage your little darlings to behave themselves before the holidays. The book tells wide-eyed children how Santa marshals an army of scout elves to sneak into their houses before Christmas, then fly back to the North Pole every night to rat out the stinkers. Every day the elves return find a new place to hide, which turns this whole monstrous Fourth Amendment violation into an adorable ongoing game of hide and seek.IRS Parents love how
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Money for Lunch Podcast with Bert Martinez

Diane Gardner guest starred on the amazing podcast, Money for Lunch on Blog Talk Radio – with Bert Martinez Click Here to Join Us & Listen  Diane Gardner is an Certified 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! Her tax coaching sessions have resulted in a combined savings of over $817,000 to-date— hard-earned profits small business owners would have given to the government by overpaying
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Christmas Tax Breaks for Christmas Trees

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and how jolly could we be without Christmas trees on display? For some of us it’s the classic Pinus Sylvestris, or scotch pine. For others it’s the soft-needled Abies fraserie, or Fraser fir. Still more make do with the store-bought plasticus annualensis, or “Target special.” (Artificial trees can be beautiful, too!) Christmas trees are a festive symbol of holiday spirit, and most of us can’t help but smile when we see one. (Unless we’re at a department store in August.) tax breaks  We’re pretty sure that taxes are the last thing you think about
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Sweet Taxes!

December is a busy month for holidays, what with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all crowding calendars. But there’s a lesser-known holiday that falls on December 16 that we don’t want you to miss. It’s not Ugly Christmas Sweater Day or Free Shipping Day (although those are both fun, too). We’re talking, of course, about the obvious celebrations surrounding Chocolate Covered Anything Day. (Look it up!) Taxes  Most of us look for foods that are delicious, filling, and healthy. Chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered potato chips, chocolate-covered bacon, and chocolate-covered chili peppers are all yummy and filling, and — well, as the philosopher-poet
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400 Cigar-Chomping Fat Cats Aren’t Enough Anymore

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who brought us the Great Gatsby among other well-heeled characters, once said the rich are very different from you and me. To which Fitzgerald’s jazz age compatriot Ernest Hemingway sarcastically retorted, “Yes, they have more money.” But how much more money do they really have? Nosey parkers want to know! IRS Every year, the financial snoops at the IRS release a study analyzing the income and the taxes of the top 400 earners in the country. We’re not talking ordinary 1%ers here — we’re talking card-carrying plutocrats. If you show these people your Hamptons house, they’ll
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Over the River and Through the Woods

Thanksgiving is a time for homecoming, and some of us are fortunate to return to a place where we’ve spent decades of holidays. Who wouldn’t relish celebrating in a cozy farmhouse out of a Norman Rockwell print, with an overstuffed chair in front of a crackling fire and a warm kitchen smelling of pumpkin pie?tax deduction  But these days, more Americans spend their Thanksgiving in a different setting. Who wants grandma’s cramped parlor when they can welcome guests in a two-story foyer with dueling spiral staircases and a faux-crystal chandelier? We’re talking, of course, about the design mishmash that critics
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Creepy Little Elf Has Nothing on the IRS

If you have kids and you celebrate Christmas, you’re probably familiar with the Elf on the Shelf — a storybook and accompanying doll that help encourage your little darlings to behave themselves before the holidays. The book tells wide-eyed children how Santa marshals an army of scout elves to sneak into their houses before Christmas, then fly back to the North Pole every night to rat out the stinkers. Every day the elves return find a new place to hide, which turns this whole monstrous Fourth Amendment violation into an adorable ongoing game of hide and seek.IRS Parents love how
Read More

Money for Lunch Podcast with Bert Martinez

Diane Gardner guest starred on the amazing podcast, Money for Lunch on Blog Talk Radio – with Bert Martinez Click Here to Join Us & Listen  Diane Gardner is an Certified 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! Her tax coaching sessions have resulted in a combined savings of over $817,000 to-date— hard-earned profits small business owners would have given to the government by overpaying
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Christmas Tax Breaks for Christmas Trees

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and how jolly could we be without Christmas trees on display? For some of us it’s the classic Pinus Sylvestris, or scotch pine. For others it’s the soft-needled Abies fraserie, or Fraser fir. Still more make do with the store-bought plasticus annualensis, or “Target special.” (Artificial trees can be beautiful, too!) Christmas trees are a festive symbol of holiday spirit, and most of us can’t help but smile when we see one. (Unless we’re at a department store in August.) tax breaks  We’re pretty sure that taxes are the last thing you think about
Read More

Sweet Taxes!

December is a busy month for holidays, what with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all crowding calendars. But there’s a lesser-known holiday that falls on December 16 that we don’t want you to miss. It’s not Ugly Christmas Sweater Day or Free Shipping Day (although those are both fun, too). We’re talking, of course, about the obvious celebrations surrounding Chocolate Covered Anything Day. (Look it up!) Taxes  Most of us look for foods that are delicious, filling, and healthy. Chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered potato chips, chocolate-covered bacon, and chocolate-covered chili peppers are all yummy and filling, and — well, as the philosopher-poet
Read More

400 Cigar-Chomping Fat Cats Aren’t Enough Anymore

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who brought us the Great Gatsby among other well-heeled characters, once said the rich are very different from you and me. To which Fitzgerald’s jazz age compatriot Ernest Hemingway sarcastically retorted, “Yes, they have more money.” But how much more money do they really have? Nosey parkers want to know! IRS Every year, the financial snoops at the IRS release a study analyzing the income and the taxes of the top 400 earners in the country. We’re not talking ordinary 1%ers here — we’re talking card-carrying plutocrats. If you show these people your Hamptons house, they’ll
Read More

Over the River and Through the Woods

Thanksgiving is a time for homecoming, and some of us are fortunate to return to a place where we’ve spent decades of holidays. Who wouldn’t relish celebrating in a cozy farmhouse out of a Norman Rockwell print, with an overstuffed chair in front of a crackling fire and a warm kitchen smelling of pumpkin pie?tax deduction  But these days, more Americans spend their Thanksgiving in a different setting. Who wants grandma’s cramped parlor when they can welcome guests in a two-story foyer with dueling spiral staircases and a faux-crystal chandelier? We’re talking, of course, about the design mishmash that critics
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