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Theft in 2014 – Really?

Enough already! I’m not sure what is more upsetting – the relentless media stories about public funds being stolen or realizing that it’s 2014 and in the public sector world known as local government, there are few checks and balances. Where’s the outrage?

We view our corporations and banks through a microscope, looking at every line […]

June 12th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Land Banks – Now!

Few things have a more negative effect on a community than blighted and unkept properties. Uncut grass, boarded up businesses and broken down homes broadcast the signs of a long slow death. With all of the heartache of the 70s and 80s still fresh in the minds of many Western Pennsylvanians, the PA Land Bank […]

May 19th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tax Excuses

The power of the web. I uncovered this ‘tax excuse’ site which lists hundreds of (apparently) real court cases where the defendants had to explain why they didn’t pay their taxes. Some of these are a riot. I mean, everyone would have a valid reason¬†for not paying, right? The intention of everyone is to pay […]

April 25th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

Stealth Tax

Definition: “A type of levy that governments use to increase their revenues without raising the ire of taxpayers. Compared to income taxes and property taxes, stealth taxes are smaller and less visible, so they are less likely to attract attention or spark protest. Examples of stealth taxes include sales taxes, value added taxes, tobacco taxes, […]

March 26th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today’s Real Crisis

Historians are famous for saying “those that fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it”. And they are correct. If you are a half-empty sort, you will look at the headlines of the weekend and predict gloom. If it’s not global warming leading to an abnormal winter, then it’s the situation in […]

March 2nd, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mapping Detroit

Big cities across America share some of the same problems – shifting or eroding tax base, infrastructure maintenance, acquiring new business and tackling property degradation. In Detroit’s case, the number of abandoned properties has reached the 80,000 mark. It’s not that long ago when ‘Made in Detroit’ represented the best in American know-how. Now they’re […]

February 19th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

IRS – Refund?

There is one news snippet that is catching the attention of many across the U.S. The IRS will not have enough money to pay for tax refunds. That’s what people hear.

First, it’s the Treasury, not the IRS that is responsible for issuing checks. What Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress is that they need to […]

February 5th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dope Tax – coming soon!

The legalization of marijuana is coming soon to a state near you. Bet on it.

Any time there is item, sector or product that can be taxed without hurting the hard core voters, it seems to make its way into our lives. Why? In this case, it’s easier than proposing just about any alternative. Soon to […]

January 17th, 2014|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s here! Wastebook 2013

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn has released his annual “Wastebook 2013”. Coburn, the Republican from Oklahoma is a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. This report provides the Senator’s opinion of the 100 worst examples of wasteful spending totaling approximately $30 billion dollars.

The report is a must read […]

December 27th, 2013|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pittsburgh Transition

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people” is one of the phrases that really stick with you. President Lincoln used the phrase in Gettysburg 150 years ago. There’s lots of bad financial news coming from cities across the U.S. and for good reason. Things are not going as well as they should.

In […]

December 15th, 2013|turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments