• Are you a great leader?

    Written by: Tina Powell, CPA According to Allan Koltin, CPA in a recent article in the June 2013 Journal of Accountancy, there are 10 C’s of Great Leaders. Competitive Spirit – start every day with a “will win” attitude.  It’s contagious! Clutter – recognize that there are administrative tasks that will clutter up your day. 

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  • Freedom

    Written by: Annette Clark, CPA Having just returned from Israel and in particular Bethlehem, I have a new sense of freedom and respect for our country and the privileges we have.  I can get in my car and drive most anywhere I want. A policeman I may see on the road, but only if I

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  • Happy Holidays!

    Seasons Greetings from our family to yours!  May you have a blessed holiday season!

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  • A Note from Mike Harter

    Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends: I just returned from the Schwab Impact Conference in Chicago.  This annual conference of over 3,000 RIA attendees is known for its powerful speakers and thought provoking topics.  This year’s conference continued that trend. The most impactful and moving messages were delivered by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, as

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  • Inflation and Deflation

    Written by: Michael E. Harter, CPA/PFS, CFP® More often than not you hear talk about inflation in our business news.    However, deflation is a real possibility in today’s economy.   Deflation is a decrease in the general price level of goods and services. The federal reserve policy of late is to produce inflation by printing more

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  • Capital Gains Tax Rates

    Written by: Keith Frame, CPA Are capital gains tax rates a give-away to the rich? It seems I continue to hear this argument in the super-hyped partisan atmosphere we live in these days. Perhaps low long term capital gains rates do spur economic activity that is beneficial to the economy as a whole – I

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  • How to Select a CPA Firm

    Written by: Gene G. Smith, CPA There are several factors that need to be considered when choosing a professional to give you business and tax advice. What type of business do you have and what type of services are required? CPA’s have by necessity become more and more specialized. Small CPA firms typically provide general

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  • Is it Easier to Understand Tax Than How to Eat Healthy?

    The 2012 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes toward Food Safety, Nutrion and Health found some interesting facts.  More than half of americans (52%) believe it is easier to figure out their taxes than to figure out what they should and shouldn’t eat to be healthier.  And even through nearly 1 in 3 adults are

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  • Are we Settling for Less?

    Written by: Michael E. Harter, CPA/PFS, CFP® Making consistent money in the financial markets has been challenging to say the least since the 2008 meltdown. Interest rates returns continue to plummet as rates remain at historical lows in an effort to revive the economy.    New money from maturing CD’s and bonds are met with nearly non-existent

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  • A Perspective on Michigan’s Tax Overhaul

    Written by: Keith O. Frame, CPA It seems I continually still see newspaper articles, editorials and letters to the editor in various publications referring to the Michigan tax overhaul as a “$1.8 billion dollar give-a-way to business”. Let’s investigate this claim. If you work in Michigan as an employee of a business in Michigan, you

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