Alan Newcomb’s 6 Negotiation Tips To Get What You Want

Well, the brackets are set -- and the nation's collective basketball madness has begun. Billions fly around every year for this tournament (probably much of it not reported on Form W-2G!), and it's become a huge part of this season, as you no doubt know. But there is...

Focus Training For Folks In Centralia IL

Now that we're into June, it really does feel like summer is here. The air conditioning kicks in, the days are hotter ... and, if you're like me, "focus" becomes something I have to set myself towards. It doesn't just "happen" -- especially when the days are hot. It...

Thanks for nothing

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." - Wayne Dyer Alright, I don't really mean that. And it's not some gimmick to get you to read this blog post. No, as your family's Personal Financial Guide, I've got some words to...

Thoughts On Millennials, Following Your Dreams & Career Choices In Centralia IL

It's getting real around our Bills Tax Service offices these days. Our busiest time of year is definitely during "tax season", but we are in our intense preparatory stage for it AND so are our (smarter) clients. We have no complaints, and we love our clients ... but...

The Top 12 2017 IRS Scams by Alan Newcomb

Every year around this time of year, the Treasury Department releases their list of the various shenanigans that criminals and the like try to pull around taxes. Obviously, this activity peaks around now, and so it's a very good idea to be on your guard. Last week,...

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...

A Heartfelt Thank You To Our Centralia IL Tax Preparation Clients

The loudest thing I want you to hear from this post is this: THANK YOU for your trust, Centralia IL. Our primary work for this tax season has just about wrapped up. But notice I said "primary", there ... you see, unlike some tax professionals, we make it a point to do...

How to thrive now

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. -Theodore Roosevelt It really is the "dog days" of summer these days--temperatures pretty sweltering all over the place! We have clients spread around the country, so we keep getting reports of...

Alan Newcomb’s Two Financial Exercises To Strengthen Your Family Finances

All of the tax media outlets (and even some non-tax ones) were shouting about a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that showed that (gasp) millions of taxpayers are underwithholding, and that they will face a tax bill come 2019. Apparently, there was an...

Alan Newcomb’s Three Tax Questions After Filing

By that subject line you might think that I'm referring to myself! After all, with the tax deadline behind us, I know that some friends of mine have asked if I just "kick back" and put my feet up by the pool the rest of the year. Actually, no. Not only do I LOVE what...

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!