He’s Mister Tax Miser

He’s Mister Tax Miser

Welcome to 2018! New Years’ always brings changes to taxes. Key numbers, like tax brackets, standard deductions, personal exemptions, and qualified plan contribution limits, all roll over on January 1. But this year brings more change than any year since 1987....
We Interrupt This Broadcast…

We Interrupt This Broadcast…

On Sunday, October 30, 1938, Mercury Radio Theatre fans, who were listening to Ramon Racquello and his Orchestra, were interrupted by a news broadcast reporting an odd explosion on the planet Mars. Soon after, they learned that a cylindrical object had fallen on a...
The Twelve Days of Taxmas

The Twelve Days of Taxmas

Every year, PNC Bank publishes their “Christmas Price Index” to track the cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas. For 2017, it’s a hefty $157,558. (And you thought your holiday spending was out of control!) The index may not be completely accurate —...
A Different Kind of Holiday Party

A Different Kind of Holiday Party

Your kids have finally finished eating their Halloween candy, which means that the real holidays are right around the corner. But before you sit down to open presents, December 16th marks the 244th anniversary of an important holiday in tax history — a pop-up costume...
Stranger Taxes

Stranger Taxes

The streaming video service Netflix has earned a reputation for providing quality content like Narcos, Orange is the New Black, and The Queen. But Netflix has also upended how millions of people consume television. How have they done that? By dropping an entire...
For the Love of Art

For the Love of Art

In today’s new Gilded Age, Americans are constantly vying to one-up each other. You show up at your high-school reunion in a new Mercedes E-Class; then your classmate pulls up in a Maserati Quattroporte. (Some would call it a $50,000 car with a $50,000 hood...
Tax Strategies for Trick or Treats

Tax Strategies for Trick or Treats

Halloween is almost here, and if it seems like things have changed since you were a kid, you’re right! Halloween has become big business, with the National Retail Federation predicting Americans will spend $9.1 billion on the festivities. That includes $3.4...
They Hate Him at the IRS, Too

They Hate Him at the IRS, Too

We live in an unfortunate era of disunity. Cultural divides, racial divides, religious divides, and political divides are threatening to tear America apart. Every so often, though, someone comes along to unite us all in a great primal scream of rage. Remember...
Help With Help

Help With Help

The 2017 college football season kicked off this week, and for most people that means talk of pre-season polls, Heisman trophy hopefuls, and BCS championship prospects. But we’re not “most people,” are we? So today we’re going to ignore all...
A Match Made in Dallas

A Match Made in Dallas

Where is “home”? Home is where the heart is. Home is wherever you make it. Home is wherever I’m with you. And, of course, I’ll be home for Christmas. But what does the tax man think of all of this? In 2009, Greg Blatt was Executive...