Cybersecurity and You

Cybersecurity and You

What is Cybersecurity and why is it important to you whether you are an individual, a business owner or a college student?

Cybersecurity is the protection of Internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data, from cyber attacks.  Part of living in the digital era is understanding that our private information is more vulnerable than ever before. News stories about ID theft and data breaches abound, with the effects being felt by millions of consumers. And while companies and institutions are constantly working to protect themselves with increased security measures, you can play a role in this fight as well.

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Eliminate Tax Shock for 2019

Eliminate Tax Shock for 2019

With basically four months left in 2018, it is important to start thinking NOW about tax planning for 2018.  The Trump Tax Cut & Jobs Act made serious deviations in the tax system.

Whether you are an individual or a business it is time to take a deep dive into what 2018 will look like for you.  Ignorance will not be your friend at tax time.  Get focused now and be proactive in your planning.

These are my five ways to Eliminate Tax Shock in 2019.

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Top 5 Lessons Learned in Mom’s Kitchen

Top 5 Lessons Learned in Mom’s Kitchen

We all have our memories of “Mom” and many of mine come from conversations I had with her in the kitchen.  While I do have two siblings, I like to say that I am the oldest only child of three.  My brother is five years younger and my sister is eight years younger.

I spent a lot of time as a child with mom before siblings came along and it continued while they were young.  Thinking about those hours spent with Mom in the kitchen made me think of the lessons learned.

Those memories made range from simple conversations to the conversation when I was eight about how could Santa travel around the world in one night.  I was convinced he could not make it all happen and yet today I still believe.

These are my top five lessons learned from kitchen conversations with mom.  They are as applicable today as they were many years ago.

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My Top Four IRS TAX SCAMS

My Top Four IRS TAX SCAMS

“Phone ringing”

“Hello”

“This is the IRS and you owe taxes.  Unless you pay RIGHT NOW with iTunes Gift cards we are going to come and take you to jail”

Sounds ludicrous, yet thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.

The IRS DOES NOT INITIATE CONTACT with TAXPAYERS.  They do not use social media, email or text messages.

With just about six weeks left before the April filing deadline, the scammers and crooks are out in full force.  The scammers are getting better by the day and have created many new angles to steal your money.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The House of Representatives and Senate have both passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” And President Trump signed this legislation into law.

The compromise bill includes agreements on corporate and individual tax rates, the treatment of pass-through income, the estate tax, and itemized deductions such as those for mortgage interest and state and local taxes, among other areas.

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