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A Football Black Friday?

by Associate

One of the common misconceptions about Black Friday was that it was a term created in the 1980’s by accountants in the retail industry as a “day to finally get into the black and start turning a profit for the year”.  While this may be true in some cases, the phrase was actually coined back […]

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Beware of the AMT when doing year-end tax planning

by Associate

As year end approaches, you may be trying to accelerate deductible expenses into 2013 to reduce, or at least defer, tax. But you must beware of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) — a separate tax system that limits some deductions and doesn’t permit others, such as: State and local income tax deductions, Property tax deductions, […]

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Tis the season for giving, or is it?

by Associate

This time every year we count our blessings and give a little to those in need.  The question is, how much?  For some, it’s a means of year-end tax planning, estimating annual tax owed based on tax laws finalized timely for such decisions (key word: timely).  Anyway, back to the topic at hand…It goes without […]

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The Seventh Floor Book Loft: Pushing Back in the Right Way

by Associate

“Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” ~Lois Wyse Last week marked our third official Seventh Floor Book Loft meeting presented by wGBQ and it was great to see both new and familiar faces amongst the crowd. The enthusiasm of all the women involved was contagious as soon as I stepped […]

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Data Gathering: Trash or Treasure?

by Ed Bannen

As technology continues to rapidly change the way we make decisions, it becomes increasingly more important to have accurate and timely data. Do you have system reports that only give you half the important data that you need? How long do you spend combining reports or editing data to make it into a usable report? […]

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Survive and Advance – The Amazon Tax Battle Plays out One State at a Time

by Judd Ballard

The recent Illinois Supreme Court decision means a victory for bargain shoppers gathering up heavily discounted watches (myself), books (also myself) and early Christmas presents online.  With little to no means of use tax enforcement from the states, loyal Amazon shoppers will enjoy at least one more holiday shopping season in Illinois and many other […]

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The Houston Astros: When being the worst is better

by Associate

The Houston Astros finished the 2013 baseball season with the worst record in the major leagues since the 2004 season. The Astros won 51 of their 162 games played, giving them a win percentage of 31.5%.  Many fans, sports anchors and analysts wonder if the Astros can do anything right.  Believe it or not, out […]

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Are you Giving Away your Company’s Data?

by Mike Dickson

The most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report boldly states that “Some organizations will be a target regardless of what they do, but most become a target because of what they do”. Most business owners believe their company is not at risk of being hacked (i.e. not a target). They believe other companies are more […]

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