This week of Thanksgiving seems like it hurtled its way towards us, and suddenly the holidays are upon us. Perhaps it’s because of the elections, maybe the weather … but for some reason, it feels very sudden.Read More
Raising children is a white-knuckle roller coaster ride, and it sure isn’t easy. You can probably fill in the blanks with your own stories about how hard it is, and the particular challenges in our modern age. But still, those kids grow up, and most of them become (mostly) functional adults!Read More
Let’s you and I — yes, YOU, the Conway taxpayer looking for the best tax professional — make a plan for your 2016 taxes that will set you up for longterm success.Read More
It’s an all-too-common misconception that smart estate planning is all about avoiding the estate tax.
And, if that were the case, only the very wealthy would be affected by it — since only those with estates carrying over $5.45M in value aren’t exempt.Read More
My Dad said a lot over the years, giving me some valuable lessons.
I’m attempting here to summarize his thoughts…so call this a paraphrase of Dad’s Financial Wisdom:Read More
While it is impossible to completely shield kids from all the hard things that go on around them, I happen to believe money worries are one of those things we shouldn’t share with kids.
Whether you have many digits in your bank accounts, or you are still scraping by, money can (obviously) form a subject of dysfunction and tension, if we allow it.
So there are a number of ways to help our children move past this — some very specific, and some more subtle.Read More
No, I am NOT a “prepper.”
But I’m continually reminded (in my line of work) of how important having a plan really is.
This is true for finances, and it’s equally true for other kinds of disasters.Read More
You pay your bills on time. You try to save as much as you can. You even follow the advice which you read in books and hear on the radio about how to keep your finances in check.
But you’re still not getting ahead.Read More
Too many Central Arkansas tax clients (almost all of them) wait until the winter before they look at their tax obligations. Even worse, they wait until that season before they speak with their professional in any kind of proactive way.
That’s a problem, and it could be costing you some serious savings.Read More
Our Central Arkansas tax preparation clients who filed with us this year already feel the peace-of-mind that you were able to claim every possible deduction which is legally allowed in the tax code for 2013. After all, we put each return through an extensive review process to ensure you keep as much of your hard-earned income as the IRS allows.
But what about your Central Arkansas friends? And what about your previous years?Read More
You may have heard that tax season has officially “begun”. Well, when we here at Team Laura Hanlon sit down with a Central Arkansas tax preparation client during tax season, we are picking through history — we are helping you sort through your 2013, and make sure that the numbers match … AND, of course, that YOU are able to take advantage of every possible legal and ethical method to hold on to your hard-earned dollars (or sometimes receive a nice bump in your supply from a refundable tax credit).
But we also like to spend time future-casting.Read More
There hasn’t been an environment like the one we’re now facing in this economy and in our nation for quite a while. The fact is-I know you’ve got questions…about personal financial strategy, about tax specifics and about how to steer your way through these times we’re living in.Read More