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Bitcoin! (Now That I Have Your Attention, Let’s Talk Taxes)

Today, Carrie Reese authors our HM&M blog. I was raised by a Marine and a CPA. To put it lightly, following the rules was a BIG deal growing up. Naturally, when Bitcoin (the first virtual currency) started weaving through the news in 2010, I clutched my pearls while being simultaneously positive that this information would […]

OK, President Trump. Game On!

I was planning to pen a short note wishing all my clients, friends and readers a happy and prosperous 2018.  Plans change. On Thursday, December 28, President Trump told the New York Times that he knows taxes “better than the greatest CPA.”  Them’s fightin’ words, Mr. Trump. I may or may not be the greatest […]

Making Laws and Sausages: Not A Pretty Sight

My Comments on December 4, 2017: A quote attributed to 19th century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck crosses my mind frequently of late.  “Laws are like sausages.  You should never watch them being made.” He is right.  For a time, I lived and worked in the sausage factory on the Potomac.  Law-making wasn’t pretty then. […]

IRS: The Nice Guys Once Again

About two weeks before the wildfires struck northern California, my wife and I spent a few days in Napa Valley.  We went to a stunning estate to celebrate the perfect nuptial ceremony featuring a beautiful bride.  There aren’t many places more gorgeous than California wine country.  My friends there tell me that still is true, […]

As Proud As I Can Be!

I have always been associated with outstanding professional women. My mother is a CPA.  My wife is an acclaimed family law attorney and former judge.  Our two daughters are accomplished licensed professionals with graduate degrees. At HM&M, we have a lot of fine professional women.  Want proof?  Check out the “Latest News” page on our […]

“Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” – A Magical Mystery Tour

Last week the Trump administration and Republican Congressional leaders released the aforementioned “Unified Framework.”  After taking a tour through the magical, “giant, beautiful, massive” (according to the Exaggerator-in-Chief) tax-cutting Framework, I find that what is unified is a mystery.  (Sorry, Mr. McCartney and the late Mr. Lennon.) The Framework outlines, without reference to many numbers […]

The Tax Court Likes Hockey

Usually, the income tax deduction for meals and entertainment is equal to half the amounts spent for meals and entertainment.  There are some exceptions, one of which is where the meals are a de minimis fringe benefit.  Tax Court Senior Judge Robert Ruwe decided that the away-game pre-game meals of the NHL’s Boston Bruins were […]

TurboTax Made Me Do It

Sometimes you should not do your own brain surgery.  Well, make that almost always.  Actually, I can’t think of an exception.  A recent Tax Court Memorandum reminds us of the perils of taking on complicated tasks for which one has no training or aptitude. Barry Bulakites is an insurance consultant whose clients are primarily accountants.  […]

Do-It Yourselfer Loses in Tax Court – Version 2.0

See Addition at the end of this blog and the italicized text in the blog. I am not very handy around the house.  In fact, you could say I’ve always been a klutz.  However, the internet has elevated me into to the high-functioning klutz category. With YouTube videos, online instructions, and chat rooms, I can […]

ONLY THE PINBALL WIZARD QUALIFIES

WARNING:  This blog has a reference that some may find politically insensitive.  If that might bother you, quit reading now.  If you are like 38% of our national electorate, keep reading. I listen regularly to 60s and 70s rock – music from my glory days. A recent Tax Court Memorandum case reminded me of a […]

Hey Vance, Can I Deduct the Costs of my MBA?

On occasion, I am asked if a taxpayer can deduct the costs of graduate education.  I consulted with a client about deducting the costs of his MBA as recently as a month ago.  I confidently tell my inquirer that, in the vast majority of cases, if the costs were deductible, the costs would be treated […]

Retirement Minded

Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby colleagues, don’t become giddy.  My retirement is still a few years away. However, I am approaching a traditionally epochal birthday, so my thoughts turn to the next chapter of my life.  It is time to start thinking seriously about what retirement will look like and where it will be spent.  So, […]

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