Alan Newcomb’s List of What Else Is Due On April 18th

It's "go time" around here. Our phones are buzzing, the email inboxes are overflowing, but we are focused like a laser beam on giving our clients the BEST service for their time (and wallet), and ensuring that nobody is paying Uncle Sam more than they should. We've...

Centralia IL Tax Preparer Explains Why You Need An Estate Plan NOW

I'm once again spending my morning scattershooting around news in the tax industry, while simultaneously preparing for a sure-to-be-busier tax season here in the Centralia IL area (thanks for all the recent referrals -- keep 'em coming!) AND navigating the perils of...

Facebook for thieves?

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand This fall is already shaping up to be one of our busiest ever. We've had clients calling us in a panic because of all of the media clamor over rising tax rates on...

A Basic Mid-Year Tax Planning Method for Centralia IL Taxpayers

Well, we are right in the thick of summer. It's hot. It's also tempting to just sit back and hit the cruise control for the next 6 weeks or so, and do nothing different, make no changes, plan no plans. Like many, you're probably averting your eyes from the national...

Newcomb’s Top 11 Overlooked Tax Deductions for 2014

As I'm sure you've heard me say before, it's a good idea to check the accuracy of those tax statements you receive in the mail. Well, on Friday the 20th (Friday afternoon being the perfect time for dumping this junk into the media), those of us who were paying...

Some Light Notes for Hot Times…

"Look, I'm not the one with the problem, okay? It's the world that seems to have a problem with *me*! People take one look at me and go 'Aargh! Help! Run! A big stupid ugly ogre!' They judge me before they even know me." - Shrek The old email inbox has been "heating...

Alan Newcomb Suggests: Take A Test Drive Of Your Retirement Plans

Now that the Super Bowl is over, and the football season is finished, we here in Centralia IL tax preparer land can now finally get back to looking forward to football season. And, of course, the commercials! (Which this year seemed a little ... "ok" -- though I think...

Profitable tax moves to make

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." - Thomas Alva Edison Finished with one holiday (and I'm still stuffed with leftovers) ... but now we move into the "holiday season". Yikes. I'm *already* overwhelmed with all of...

The wrong professional

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." - Sydney J Harris Thanks for all of your notes, feedback and phone calls about last week's post re: Haiti. That crisis seems to have affected the...

Alan Newcomb’s: “What Documents Do I Need For Tax Time?”

Well, now the holidays are truly behind us, and this is the week where reality sets in for everybody. With the way the schedule worked out this year, it almost feels like we've been in a holiday stupor for three weeks! But this week is when life gets closer to normal....

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.

But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!