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College Financial Planning

How Can You Pay for Your Kid to go to College, Spend and Save as You Are Now, and Increase the Amount of Money You have for Retirement?

Elder Care Financial Care

Finally… Worry Free Financial Management for Your Aging Parent or Family Member.

Estate Planning Done Right

Make Sure Your Family Transitions Prepare Your Children and Your Family for Financial Freedom.

The Joys Of Providing Professional Tax Services To Chicago

Well, our primary work for this tax season in Chicago has just about wrapped up. But notice I said "primary", there ... you see, unlike some professional tax services in Chicago, we make it a point to do a bit more than simply "fill out forms" on your behalf. I'll...

Abdalla Alyousef’s Three Tips For Resisting Financial Process Automation

Did you see Google's demonstration of their new virtual assistant technology, Duplex, last week? If you did, like me, probably you were both amazed ... and a little bit terrified of the implications. Essentially, Google is close to figuring out how to make it so that...

One Significant Habit Of The Wealthy In Chicago — Generous Charitable Contributions

One Significant Habit Of The Wealthy In Chicago -- Generous Charitable Contributions"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry FordWe're into the final quarter of 2018, and since this is the biggest quarter of the year for giving, I'd like to...

A 12-Point Financial Health Check For Chicago Families And Individuals

We are now fully engaged in our tax "off season" here in Chicago. But interestingly, this is where the real difference that we can make on behalf of our tax preparation clients is actually made. We're diving into the new tax legislation, and attending classes (online...

Delayed Gratification: Staying Focused to Get Ahead (Later) in Chicago

For sports fans, that was quite a run last week. The NHL crowned its champion (and the nation's capital seemed like it was one massive street party for the weekend), the rest of the NBA conceded to the Golden State Warriors, and we witnessed another Triple Crown in...

Four Tips For Chicago Couples To Make Money and Marriage Work Together

It seems like crooks these days keep finding new ways to trick people here in Chicago into giving them more money. And no, I'm not talking about Congress. Last week, for those of us in the tax professional world in Chicago who are paying attention (because let's be...

Filing Late On Taxes? You Might Actually Be Among Chicago’s Smartest

There are less than two weeks remaining before the tax deadline of April 17th.  Does that startle you? If you're filing late on taxes this year, let's talk. We can easily file an extension on your behalf, and make sure  that your return is handled as advantageously as...

3+ Reasons Why Chicago Taxpayers Might Need to File an Amended Return

Well, we did it. You did it. We made it through the tax busy season. Every year, when I shut our Chicago office door on April 15th (the 17th this year -- er, the 18th, because of the IRS "issues"), I feel a huge weight lift off of my shoulders. Going home that day...

Focus Training For Folks In Chicago

Now that we're into June, it really does feel like summer is here. The air conditioning kicks in, the days are hotter ... and, if you're like me, "focus" becomes something I have to set myself towards. It doesn't just "happen" -- especially when the days are hot. It...

Abdalla Alyousef’s Tax Extension Breakdown

It's the final full week of tax season, and our office in Chicago is hopping! But yes, I'm still taking the the time to step away for a moment and write to you, my friend. Lots of business to communicate today, with the deadline of Tuesday, April 17th, right around...

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.

But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!