Delayed Gratification: Staying Focused to Get Ahead (Later) in Centralia IL

For sports fans, that was quite a run last week. The NHL crowned its champion (and the nation's capital seemed like it was one massive street party for the weekend), the rest of the NBA conceded to the Golden State Warriors, and we witnessed another Triple Crown in...

Alan Newcomb’s Five Ideas For Establishing A Side Hustle

A couple things need to be said before I get into the meat of what I'm writing today. Firstly, our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast who withstood 7 trillion gallons of rain in just one week, and this disaster is shaping up to...

Dreaming Big Must Come Before Financial Planning by Alan Newcomb

You'd probably be surprised if you sat in on some of the meetings I have with some of my tax planning and preparation clients. This is by no means the majority of my clients, but there is certainly a good subset of people who have piled away a ton of financial...

This Year-End Tax Plan Can Save You Hundreds

December is officially with us. It's cold. And time is running out. By that I mean that we are ONE MONTH away from year-end. That's one month away from doing anything positive to affect your tax burden (with the exception of IRA contributions and a few other various...

Thanksgiving recovery begins now

"I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself." - Unknown Apparently, I ruffled some feathers last week with my...

How To Manage Money For Centralia IL Millennials

I'll tell you what... The month of May is beginning to look a lot like December. Definitely not because it's cold out there, but with so much "end of school year" stuff happening these days, from graduation parties (ranging from pre-k "graduations" all the way up...

Bills Tax Service’s 2017 Tax Preparation Checklist

Lots of things have been changing recently -- from Academy Award ratings (they're down), to mortgage rates (which have been rising), to the effective tax rates for most businesses and families in 2018 (which, you may have heard, have changed!). But we here at Bills...

Strong words about giving

"People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest." - George Matthew Allen Whichever faith tradition you hold dear, it's likely to have become extremely commoditized and "shopping-ified" (look, I'm an accountant--not a word smith) around this time of...

What To Do With An Inheritance (Or A Large Refund): 5 Tips From Alan Newcomb

Even though all the news media are telling us how HARD things are out there, there are still regular people who are quietly but quickly moving forward with their financial goals. And, sometimes, they get a little help. (For instance, you know someone who is NOT...

How to Stop Worrying by Alan Newcomb

There are so many things in our modern world that are true causes for concern. Whatever your politics, the atmosphere in Washington is tense. There is unrest across the culture, and a sense that many of the things that we have grown to rely upon aren't nearly as...

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!