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TAX SOLUTIONS: New Michigan Offer Program

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

 Governor Snyder signed into law HB 4003.  HB 4003 allows the State of Michigan to negotiate Michigan taxes.  This is exciting news for Michigan taxpayers!  For the first time ever, Michigan residents will be able to negotiate Michigan taxes for less.  The new law will start in 2015.
Read More Wednesday, July 16, 2014
News Spotlight: Information from BWL about Phone Scam Alert


The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has received several reports of scam imposters threatening commercial customers with loss of service if they do not make a utility payment over the phone.
Read More Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Fabulous travel freebies


By Erin Burt and Rebecca Dolan
 Each year we round up a list of fabulous freebies, valuable offers with few or no strings attached. This year's list is packed with more something-for-nothing deals than ever. Here are our favorite travel freebies.
Read More Sunday, July 13, 2014
Jill on Money: Ten home buying mistakes


By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
  After that nasty weather in the first quarter of the year, the much hoped for housing recovery never quite took hold during the normally vibrant spring buying/selling season. Despite the Polar Vortex, there were other factors that kept a lid on housing buyers, including the fact that tentative buyers were spooked by rising prices, especially in certain hot housing markets. 
Read More Sunday, July 13, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: To land a job, walk a mile in employer's shoes

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
 Q. I've been looking to get a better job and can't figure out how anyone gets hired these days. I send my resume into the technical black hole of computer websites and never hear back from a human being. How can you get a new job when you can't even connect with anyone in the organization?
Read More Sunday, July 13, 2014
News Spotlight: Home Invasion


On July 11, 2014 at 1:39 a.m., LPD officers responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Linval St. on report of a home invasion. The three occupants of the residence report that four males entered the residence and at least two had handguns (revolver and semi-automatic).
Read More Friday, July 11, 2014
News Spotlight: Suspicious Death

  On July 5, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Shepard St to check the welfare of a female. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased 52 year old Lansing female inside the residence. Officers were alerted to the female by a family member.

Read More Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Keep Kids Safe with Summer Camp


By Deborah M. Walker
Now that school is out parents are left wondering what to do with their children for the summer. Parents want a fun, safe, educational alternative for their children, the answer is simple… summer camp.
Read More Saturday, July 05, 2014
CIA officer Speaks on Personal Branding



By Rick Garcia
A unique partnership between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Arab American Women Business Council (AAWBC) was evident as approximately 75 women and a few men gathered for a dinner presentation at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle early June.
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Negotiate IRS Taxes

 By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

Can I really negotiate with the IRS?  Does getting pennies on a dollar happen?  There is no way the government would reduce my tax bill.  It is the government.  The government does whatever they want.
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: SOUTHERN CORN PUDDING


A tasty addition to any meal!
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Excuse me are you listening? 13-12


Dear Readers,
Even though summer has just started, it has brought us much rain in Michigan.  I am pleased about it though because the water bill for keeping the plants looking great outside the office will not cost a fortune.  
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Movie Review: “Maleficent”

  Studio: Disney (1hr. 37 min.)

Plot: A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.
Cast:  Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Ellie Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton
Rating:  PG
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Why senior travel discounts aren't always the best deal


By Cameron Huddleston
Most seniors know that they can take advantage of travel discounts geared specifically toward them for savings on hotels, attractions, rental cars, guided tours and more. But are the special rates for older travelers really that special?
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Parents can help teens deal with stress

 Teens should not be in pressure cooker mode all the time. Fotolia.com. 

Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jill on Money: How to talk to your parents about money


By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Media Services
   "How can I talk to my parents about money? Every time I try to bring up the topic, my mother gets paranoid and the conversation deteriorates quickly." It is hard to balance being a responsible adult child, while not seeming like you are prying. Even if your loved ones appear to be financially self-sufficient, neurologists say that cognitive ability starts sliding as early as 60.
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: Intuition is key to uncommon success


By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Media Services
 Q. I often hear that timing is critical to workplace success. I do try to analyze the best moment to take action at work but find myself paralyzed by all the possibilities and a lack of complete data. How do I figure out timing as I navigate my complex workplace?
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
State Fire Marshal Urges Safety with Fireworks Buy from State-Certified Retailers

  With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, State Fire Marshal Richard Miller today urges consumers to use extreme caution when using any type of fireworks especially the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky lanterns, and Roman candles; and to buy only from state-certified retailers.

Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Injured Spouse Tax Relief

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

Your spouse owes outstanding federal or state debt.  You are not responsible for your spouse’s debts.  If you file joint taxes with your spouse, the tax refund will be garnished and used to pay the outstanding debt.  The outstanding debt can be back IRS taxes, back state or city taxes, back child support, unpaid student loans, or any other unpaid federal obligations.  You have two options to stop your refund from being garnished.
Read More Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Island Conference –A Glimpse of Michigan’s Future

  By Rick Garcia

The 34th Mackinac Policy Conference convened more than 1,500 professionals, government leaders, CEOs and media on the island- a scaled down version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  
Read More Monday, June 16, 2014

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