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Can I Take a Home Office Tax Deduction?

Can I Take a Home Office Tax Deduction?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people who do not typically work from home are doing so now. And many workers will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This brings up an interesting question, “Do I qualify for a tax deduction if I work from home?” The Tax Cuts and Jobs… read more

2020 Planning Checklist

The world has changed dramatically in 2020 so it’s a good time to revisit your financial planning.  There have been three major tax laws enacted over the past several months and many people’s income will look very different this year. It’s also a good time to revisit your retirement plan and estate plan.  And Michiganders… read more

COVID-19 & Taxes

Where are taxes headed and how can you prepare? Unprecedented situations call for unparalleled solutions and the Coronavirus pandemic has marshalled the full resources of our government to blunt the blow of the virus on the economy. Several phases of fiscal stimulus – government spending – have increased the budget deficit and will certainly help… read more

Tax Planning Day

Today, April 15th, normally marks the annual tax filing deadline for taxpayers.  But, of course, this isn’t a normal year and the deadline has been extended to July 15th.  Rather than filing your tax returns today, you may want to take the opportunity to do some tax planning.  Two major tax laws, the SECURE Act… read more

It’s Almost Too Late…

It’s almost too late to cut what may be your biggest expense for 2019 (and it’s not your Christmas budget). For most of our clients, income taxes are their largest expense and with the calendar year ending in a couple weeks, so too will the opportunity to save on your 2019 tax bill. At Vintage,… read more

Five Big Financial Setbacks

Vintage will be 35 years old in early January and over the years we’ve seen a lot of big blunders people make with their finances. Some are a single bad transaction while others are minor ongoing and often overlooked areas that can significantly impact your standard of living in retirement. Here are five setbacks you’ll… read more

Don’t Be Martha

At Vintage we aren’t licensed life insurance agents but we still sometimes get e-mails targeted to the commission based agents. This one pitches the fat commissions available for taking advantage of poor Martha, a 66-year-old woman with an extra $90,000 in the bank. It suggests that the agent can pitch Martha on turning her $90,000… read more

Wall Street Wins, Investors Lose

Earlier this month the SEC approved new, long awaited regulations on investment advisors and brokers and how they work with their clients. While there has been a major push by investors and many investment advisors for a fiduciary standard for all advisors, the new SEC rules further confuse the differences between salespersons and fiduciary advisors…. read more

Beneficiary Mistakes to Avoid

Taking time to review your account beneficiaries can do more than just make sure your wishes are met, it can also save your loved ones a significant amount of hassle or surprise when you pass. While all these decisions should be discussed with an estate planning attorney, here are some common issues we’ve helped our… read more