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Labor Tax Updates By Abdalla Alyousef

Everything about this year since March has just felt a little ... off. And I mean aside from all of the cultural and political turmoil we're living through.The seasonality of everything feels different too. Pro sports are out of sync, "back to school" season surely...

The 10 Rights for Every Chicago Taxpayer

When the IRS is breathing down your neck, it may feel like you have no choice but to just roll over and take whatever they dish out. This is something we’ve heard from Chicago taxpayers over the years.But here’s the thing… You actually have an extensive set of rights,...

Abdalla Alyousef on Year End Tax Strategies

I'm going to go further than I did last week and offer you some tangible things you can do NOW.And look ... probably taxes aren’t the first thing on your mind now that the holiday lights are flickering. After all, it’s a happy season for every Chicago resident,...

Taxes & Timeshare Points: A Guide for Chicago Timeshare Owners

Labor day rushes up on me every year. There's a corporate tax deadline on the 15th of September to keep me busy and focused (not to mention estimated taxes for June 3 through August 31 are also due on the 15th) ... but the truth of the matter is that the beginning of...

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...

Big Earned Income Tax Credit Changes for all Chicago Filers in 2021

I have to apologize to all of my Chicago clients for the sheer volume of tax-centric writing I've been doing the last few weeks and months.Normally, I like to write on other topics (in addition to the tax-related stuff) ... but I cannot emphasize enough how massively...

Abdalla Alyousef’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...

Abdalla Alyousef’s Four Keys To Focus And Building Momentum in 2021

It seems so long ago (it was only last week) that we were cueing the fireworks and celebrating leaving 2020 in the rearview.But after all of the events of the past week, it seems wise that we might adjust to the fact that the world around us is not what it might have...

Bad Money Habits Keeping Chicago People in Debt

Today’s topic (bad money habits) calls for a little bluntness… a bit risky, I know, but necessaryfor any Chicago person finding themselves in debt to the IRS.And I’ll give a caveat here and say that what I’m talking about today has nothing to do with people in truly...

Instilling Financial Literacy For Kids In Chicago

Memorial Day weekend can often feel a little disjointed. There we are with our burgers, our pools, our picnics -- all while we are supposedly remembering the sacrifice of so many thousands who laid down their lives in the line of duty for this country, and for the...

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!

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