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Author: Lawrence Brown

Top three triggers for an IRS audit

There are many potential red flags on your tax return. Most of us know that the Earned Income Tax Credit is something that can provoke an audit. We’ve also talked about lifestyle triggers; buying or writing off luxury items such as sports cars and first-class international airfare when your income […]


Can I write off my first-class plane ticket?

Anyone who’s ever flown first class to Europe knows that it makes a difference. When you are gastronomically pampered with a five-course French meal, including a cheese selection and a buttery croissant, that is also expertly paired with a 68-degree Bordeaux or bubbly Comtes Grand Cru AND you get to […]


Why lottery winners go broke

Playing the lottery is a little like fishing. You put in you line and sit and wait, hoping for a bite. You tell yourself “somebody has to win.” And somebody always does. Sadly, the people who win do not always have a plan in place. It’s like fishing without a […]


The 3 deadly sins of EITC filings

Tax preparers know that the EITC stands for Earned Income Tax Credit, which for  2021 can range from $1,502 to $6,728. Tax prepares also know that the less you earn and the more children you have, typically, the greater credit you qualify for.  Additionally, most tax preparers are well aware […]


What caused the end of the Gilded Age?

Many people are watching Julian Fellowes’ new series “The Gilded Age” on HBO. The show follows three prominent (think the social circles that included Rockefeller, Astor, and Vanderbilt) families through events of the 1880s in New York. The show is categorized as an “American historical drama” that takes place during […]


What is the American Rescue Plan?

COVID-19 affected both the financial and physical health and well-being of many people. The U.S. government created a multi-faceted plan intended to help those who’ve suffered. It’s called the American Rescue Plan. It was signed into law about a year ago on March 11, 2021. While you may have heard […]


What’s the big deal about the 16th Amendment?

Those in the know are already thinking about federal taxes. History buffs will have a base understanding of why, in 1913, Congress ratified the law. Since Colonial times, a large percentage of Americans have eschewed paying taxes for intangibles (the Stamp Act) or paying taxes to a government that did […]

U.S tax history

What was Anna Delvey charged with?

As attorneys who work in tax law, it is not far-fetched to think that the first question we get asked when someone first meets us is, “What was Anna Delvey (the fake heiress) charged with?” Those who watched Inventing Anna, the Netflix series produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, want […]

Grand larceny