Author: Alan Olsen

Despite Challenges, IRS Gets a Positive Rating for Tax-Filing Season

Editorial credit:  / Shutterstock.com If you were to give the IRS a rating, how would they do? On a scale of one to ten most taxpayers would have the tax agency on the lower end of the spectrum. But that’s not the

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Are You Making These Common Leadership Mistakes?

How are you doing as a leader? If you’re a true leader then chances are you possess many of the important qualities that make effective leaders successful. However, even the best leaders have room for improvement. In fact, there are several common leadership

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New Administration Makes Avoiding Obamacare Tax Easier

Remember when the Affordable Heath Care Act became a law? One of the biggest complaints about the law, more commonly known as Obamacare, is that it forced people to sign up for healthcare. Those who didn’t had to pay a tax penalty.

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Why Is This Top Hedge-Fund Manager Cutting His Holdings?

The bull market has been going strong for years. But could it be possible that this “running of the bulls” is about to end? The stock market is always fluctuating so a bear market is always a possibility. But according to

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Republican Lawmakers Release Additional Tax Cut Proposals

While Americans’ reception of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) remains mixed – depending on which media outlet you believe – republicans are still convinced they didn’t do enough. To that end, House Republicans, last week, announced a new proposal that would add to

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Are You Hurting Your Own Leadership Potential?

Are you on the path to leadership? Perhaps you’ve already received a promotion and you’re well on your way? So what’s next? Do you continue down the same path that got you where you are today? Or, do you look for new

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Tax Changes That Could Be Better Over the Long Haul

Thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) there have already been many changes to the country’s tax law. Americans will really see many of those changes come tax season in early 2019. Whether you like the changes or not,

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You Can No longer Claim These Tax Deductions in 2018

Believe it or not, 2018 is already two-thirds of the way over. That means before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about taxes again. The fact is it’s always a good time to think about taxes,

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Will New Alimony Tax Rules Affect Your Retirement?

One of the lesser talked about changes from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act is how it will affect alimony. Starting in 2019, the big difference is that the person who makes the alimony payments will no longer get to

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Top Tax Planning Tips for Self-Employed

People who work for themselves enjoy several perks and benefits. However, a nice tax break is not necessarily one of those perks. Because self-employed taxpayers have to pay their own payroll tax – the entire 15.3 percent Social Security and Medicare tax – they often get

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