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3 More Reasons Why More Chicago Families Don’t Have Estate Plans

The Winter Olympics are finished and we are fully immersed in our tax preparation process. We've been enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with so many longtime friends from Chicago who trust us with their most sensitive financial details -- and we don't take that...

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...

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...

Abdalla Alyousef’s Annual Holiday Prayer

This will be a different kind of note today than I normally post.Because the first thing to note is that a bona fide holiday miracle seems to have occurred: Congress agreed on another relief bill.Given this cultural climate, this might rank up there with the...

Abdalla Alyousef’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...

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 Seven End of Year Tax Planning Strategies

Here we are, a week past the election, and it's looking like the year 2000 all over again, with a long, drawn-out process until there is final certification of this election. Back then, it took a full five weeks for all of the legal process to play out. Hopefully, by...

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...

Abdalla Alyousef’s Tax-Wise Charitable Giving Strategies

Fatigue.Lockdowns, election politics, masks -- we THOUGHT we might be done with these things by now ... but nope. And I bet you're tired of it all. Most Chicago people are, aside from the zealots on every side. And I get it.That doesn't mean these things aren't...

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...

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!