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If You Don’t Like What You See in the Mirror . . .

By Keith Taxguy / January 19, 2018 / 10 Comments

Back in 1982 Wisconsin a young man could legally belly up to the bar on his 18th birthday. That didn’t stop me from getting a jump start on adulthood.

In my later years of high school there were several rural bars where the owners could care less how old I was. The police rarely showed up (they never showed up when I was there, but I heard stories) and the penalties were light if caught selling to minors.

So I unwound after a long week of farm labor and sloughing off at school with a cold one in Brothertown. I drove the distance to tip a brew with my buddy, Ken.

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The Genius of Never Giving Up

By Keith Taxguy / January 12, 2018 / 12 Comments

I was contacted recently by an old acquaintance. Brad is a reader of this blog and started to take exception to my style of writing. He felt any idiot could write a blog and I can assure you any idiot is writing this one. He felt it beneath a CPA to write what I do…

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Finding Focus in Chaos

By Keith Taxguy / December 18, 2017 / 8 Comments

The world is crazier than it is sane. People complain about having no money and then get rid of what they have as fast as possible. How many people can’t make it until the following week without money issues? A short week and most people are already down to fumes. Thank God, payday is Thursday…

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The Slow DRIP to Massive Wealth

By Keith Taxguy / December 15, 2017 / 21 Comments

Back in the 1980s and 90s a company advertised heavily promoting dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs). The commercial looked like a staged radio show with a woman telling the audience no one has an incentive to promote these great programs to invest in the biggest companies in America. I don’t know if the companies with DRIPs…

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Personal Solutions to the Healthcare Crisis

By Keith Taxguy / December 11, 2017 / 33 Comments

In the United States healthcare has gone from crisis to tragedy. Double digit increases in insurance premiums for many years on one hand and a tax code that forces you to pay up on the other is a painful experience for many family budgets. The current tax code contains a health insurance mandate; have health…

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Side Gig: Tax Preparation

By Keith Taxguy / December 6, 2017 / 41 Comments

A common request the last few months involves starting a tax preparation side gig. A seasonal tax prep business can be rewarding if you follow a few simple rules. And if it spirals out of control you might find yourself working a full-fledged business 30 years later like a certain tax professional we will not…

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Bitcoin’s Achilles Heel

By Keith Taxguy / November 29, 2017 / 33 Comments

Cryptocurrencies are all the rage with bitcoin (BTC) leading the pack. As I write, BTC blew past a 1,000% return year to date and posted its first trade above $10,000. Experts claim BTC could increase another 400% between now and the end of next year to $40,000 or more! If that doesn’t make your eyes…

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5 Things Wealthy People Demand of Their Investment Advisor

By Keith Taxguy / November 27, 2017 / 15 Comments

  Thirty plus years in the tax field has exposed me to the good, bad and downright vulgar. In the early 1990s I was a top producer at a broker/dealer for several years before refocusing on the accounting end of my practice. Before I left the industry changes were underway. Fee-based asset management was gaining…

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