Total Tax Service’s Guiding Principles For Teaching Kids About Money

However you slice it, the schooling situation right now is tough, with no good options. If you are vehemently in favor of full-on school … well, compassion would dictate that you would recognize that others are having more difficulty with that, for caution’s sake or for whatever other reason. Compassion doesn’t mean bullying, as I recall. And if you are … Read More

Total Tax Service’s Guiding Principles For Teaching Kids About Money

Why Procrastination Makes Sense in 2020 For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

We've had impeachment votes, worldwide pandemics, quarantine-like lockdowns (for the healthy), public police brutality, widespread protests, intense riots, MURDER HORNETS, statues falling, social media anger and now we have a drunken and murderous monkey to top off our 2020. What's worse —  the year isn't even halfway over yet. And there are plenty of other things that we could have … Read More

Why Procrastination Makes Sense in 2020 For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

Is Your State Broke? Total Tax Service Analyzes State Tax Revenue Sources

With national events continuing as they are, here at Total Tax Service Inc, we’re finding ourselves locking into “go mode” … again. It’s unusual for us to be in this mode smack in the middle of June, but this year has not been … usual. This is because the tax deadline (July 15th, 2020) is barrelling at us. Many of … Read More

Is Your State Broke? Total Tax Service Analyzes State Tax Revenue Sources

Which Stimulus Payments Are Taxable (and Which Aren’t) For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

All over our nation, we're seeing pain. It's overwhelming, as someone who has to communicate to a broad base of NE Pennsylvania clients, to even articulate meaningful words about everything that is happening. So … I'm just doing what I can to sit in the pain of it all with my friends, and not try to brush past it. I … Read More

Which Stimulus Payments Are Taxable (and Which Aren’t) For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

The Important Details of Mortgage Forbearance For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

Here we are, just out of perhaps the oddest Memorial Day weekend in memory. The summer is here! But it feels like much of our country is still mired in winter. And that feels like it is still the case, no matter the hints of progress against this virus, and no matter the steps taken towards reopening you might be … Read More

The Important Details of Mortgage Forbearance For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

The Breakdown Of Trust In NE Pennsylvania And How To Rise Above

I've written a fair amount over the past few weeks about all of the specific provisions in the CARES Act, related to economic stimulus checks, various tax savings strategies, financial implications, and then some. And I will continue to be covering these topics in the weeks ahead. But today I want to address you around this particular social moment we're … Read More

The Breakdown Of Trust In NE Pennsylvania And How To Rise Above

NE Pennsylvania Folks With Student Loans, Or Who Take An RMD, You’ve Got To Read This

It feels to me that we're all in need of some good news. I have some great news for the young (ish) and the old (ish), but before I get there, I'd like to encourage EVERY person who is reading this: Keep your head in the game. Yes — we can so easily get caught up in seemingly-nefarious schemes on … Read More

NE Pennsylvania Folks With Student Loans, Or Who Take An RMD, You’ve Got To Read This

Separating Truth From Fiction Around The Stimulus Payments For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

Now, more than ever, it's important to keep your mind clear. With so many of us spending more time than ever online and on our devices, there are even more opportunities for falling — no, DIVING — into rabbit holes of distraction and unproductive emotion. Yes, I'm a local NE Pennsylvania tax professional. We're not known for our deep emotions. … Read More

Separating Truth From Fiction Around The Stimulus Payments For NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers

What NE Pennsylvania Area Taxpayers Should Know About COVID-Related Scams

Anytime (like now) that there is a rollout of government assistance, we, here in NE Pennsylvania, can count on two things: 1)    Bumps in the road (it's hard to manage many millions of people needing help) 2)    SCAMS I haven't yet heard of any of my local NE Pennsylvania clients or friends being taken in by COVID scams, but I … Read More

What NE Pennsylvania Area Taxpayers Should Know About COVID-Related Scams

What NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers Should (and Should NOT) Do With Their Economic Stimulus Checks

So, you got that stimulus check (or, as the government wants to call it, your "Economic Stimulus Payment")… What next for NE Pennsylvania families and individuals? Please use these funds wisely. If I could sum up my advice for next steps, it would be this: act like you did NOT receive this payment. And, yes … some of you have … Read More

What NE Pennsylvania Taxpayers Should (and Should NOT) Do With Their Economic Stimulus Checks