Total Tax Service’s Nine Can’t Miss Questions For Year-End Tax Planning

With the Thanksgiving leftovers mostly consumed by this point, we are turning our eyes to year-end matters. And this year, there are LOTS of things to consider as we approach 12-31-18. Because yes — the standard deduction this year has been significantly increased, and it might make sense for you to take that. Or, it might not. There are so … Read More

Total Tax Service’s Nine Can’t Miss Questions For Year-End Tax Planning

Total Tax Service’s Reflections On Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation While Our Country Is In Chaos

Is it just me, or does it feel like Thanksgiving week arrived suddenly this year? And how did it get here so fast? With so many momentous events over the past few weeks (elections, shootings, wildfires, and more), it feels a bit surreal — and incongruous, even — to think about pausing for the sake of giving thanks. But, as … Read More

Total Tax Service’s Reflections On Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation While Our Country Is In Chaos

One Significant Habit Of The Wealthy In NE Pennsylvania — Generous Charitable Contributions

Now that we have a divided Congress again, we can all sit back and enjoy the gridlock that is headed our way. Or something. I don't blame you if you tune out from politics — and I also don't blame you if you find yourself jumping more intentionally into the fray. There's lots to be frustrated by, and plenty to … Read More

One Significant Habit Of The Wealthy In NE Pennsylvania — Generous Charitable Contributions

What To Do When You Experience A Sudden Income Increase In NE Pennsylvania

I don't know about you, but I am *celebrating* the end of all of the automated phone calls and ads, now that this election is behind us. And no matter how you feel about the results, I hope we can all agree that it's good to put all the shouting behind us. Er, well … maybe the shouting never ends. … Read More

What To Do When You Experience A Sudden Income Increase In NE Pennsylvania

Total Tax Service’s Key Points On How To Make Sound Financial Decisions (Part 2)

We just wrapped up all the extension returns for TY2017, and can finally place our gaze SQUARELY at what's ahead. Which is a funny thing to say, because, well … for too many of our clients, we are continuously looking backwards — simply because they haven't worked with us before the year is over, and we aren't able to make … Read More

Total Tax Service’s Key Points On How To Make Sound Financial Decisions (Part 2)

Total Tax Service’s Common Financial Mistakes (Part 1)

You pay your bills on time. You try to save as much as you can. You even follow the advice you read in the books and hear on the radio about how to keep your finances in check. But you’re still not getting ahead. Well, sometimes, it’s the unchallenged, mental assumptions about how we’re handling our money that rise up … Read More

Total Tax Service’s Common Financial Mistakes (Part 1)

Should NE Pennsylvania College Students Invest In The Market Or Pay Off Student Loans Early?

As a general rule, most debt isn't helpful to you. In fact, I could probably state that more clearly: debt can be a massive load on your financial future. And, of course, that is especially true of student loans. Now, much can be written about the explosion of student loan debt over the last decade (and has), but today I … Read More

Should NE Pennsylvania College Students Invest In The Market Or Pay Off Student Loans Early?

Getting Your Mental State Out Of Fear And Anxiety By Total Tax Service

I might be wrong, but I get the sense that many of my friends and clients in NE Pennsylvania are getting wiser about the dangers of our digital age. Because they are, indeed, quite real. There is a famous clip of an interview with NYT-bestselling author, and cultural commentator Simon Sinek that made the rounds about a year ago on … Read More

Getting Your Mental State Out Of Fear And Anxiety By Total Tax Service

Six Steps To Debt Recovery By Total Tax Service

Our hearts are with the Carolinas, and with the cleanup process that is just beginning over there. With all of the the flooding that is hampering efforts to get in and even evaluate the damage, we know this will be a long road to recovery. The slow onset of these hurricanes is a mixed bag, isn't it? We prepare for … Read More

Six Steps To Debt Recovery By Total Tax Service

Five Steps To Help NE Pennsylvania Families And Individuals Prepare for Financial Emergencies

With Hurricane Florence barrelling towards the southeastern United States, I'm reminded (again) about how the unexpected can put a big dent into a well-planned life. And as a planner by nature, these kinds of slow-approaching problems (like hurricanes), are the sort of thing against which I'm always on guard on behalf of my NE Pennsylvania clients, family, and friends. There's … Read More

Five Steps To Help NE Pennsylvania Families And Individuals Prepare for Financial Emergencies