Monday, May 25, 2020

Business Spotlight

Tax Tips: Choosing the Right Accountant

As an accountant and a lawyer I’ve heard my fair share of jokes regarding my profession. Take for example, “When does a person decide to become an accountant? When he realizes he doesn’t have the charisma to be an undertaker.” Then there’s “What’s the difference between an accountant and a lawyer? The accountant knows he’s


Abra Fence Earns High Ratings from Customers

Garfield–With 30 years of experience in building and installing fences between them, Breno Pagani and his father started Abra Fence in 2008. They service Bergen, Passaic, Somerset, Morris, and Union Counties, as well as Staten Island. What sets Abra Fence apart is its attention to detail and commitment to its customers.


Local Resident Extends a Helping Paw to Lone Soldiers

A former contestant on the hit TV show The Apprentice, Dan Brody has always loved animals, and he’s always been an entrepreneur. Donald Trump recognized his talent, drive, and leadership skills and cast him on the fifth season of his show in 2006. At


Evaluating Retirement Strategies: What If Income Tax Rates Go Up? (Part 2)

As discussed earlier, the mathematical assessment of the pre-tax-vs.-after-tax decision is dependent on a projection of future tax rates. But no matter how optimistic or cynical your view of governmental decision making, there is no way to divine future tax policies and their impact. So…

Given the


The Winning Edge 2014: Innovation, Strategy, and Growth for the Corporate World

The Winning Edge 2014, an all-day conference organized by Bottom Line Marketing Group will take place on Wednesday, December 10. For six years, Bottom Line Marketing Group has coordinated many successful conferences geared towards non-profit-organization leaders. In response to positive feedback from past attendees and


Tax Tips: Charitable Deductions

The often-quoted pasuk from Mishlei states, “Tzedakah tatzil mi-mavet–Charity saves from death.” That’s great news for those who give tzedakah. But it gets even better; you also get a tax break from the IRS. I know what you’re thinking: “No death AND a tax deduction? Where do I sign up?” While you will have


Evaluating Retirement Strategies: What If Income Tax Rates Go Up? (Part 1)

In any discussion regarding the financial issues that face the American government, one of the default responses is finding ways to increase income tax revenues. While some economists may postulate the counter-intuitive idea that lower tax rates often result in higher revenues (and there is some historical support for this perspective), the


Social Security: Like a Good Marriage

Social Security provides valuable spousal and survivor benefits for married couples who take advantage of the special benefits just for them. A spouse of a retiree is entitled to a benefit equal to 50% of the worker’s benefit (with a reduction for benefits starting before “full retirement age,” which is age 66 for those born between


Smokey Joe’s Serves Up Finger-Lickin’ Live Music on Cold Saturday Nights

Teaneck–Last Saturday night, Smokey Joe’s, the Glatt Kosher Tex-Mex barbeque restaurant famous for slow-cooked, pit-smoked authentic barbeque, kicked off its 5th annual Motzei Shabbos concert series, “Saturday Night Live Music at Smokey Joe’s.” Offering live music performed by local artists, the concerts run from the


Tax Tips: The Home Office Deduction

There’s a great scene from one of the Seinfeld episodes involving Jerry and Kramer. Kramer comes up with a plan to get Jerry a refund on his stereo that is two years out of warranty. Kramer breaks the stereo in pieces and sends the stereo in a USPS package to Jerry. Since Kramer sent the package to him insured; now all they must do is


Emmy’s Organics, Certified by EarthKosher, Gets Whole Foods Loan

When Samantha Abrams and Ian Gaffney met in 2008 at a music festival in Ithaca, NY, little did they know their lives would change forever and their future would revolve around macaroons and “Super Cereals.” Since that fateful festival, the couple launched their successful business, Emmy’s Organics, a 100% vegan and


Meir Kalmanson Enhances the Joy at Simchas

“I love to entertain and make people smile,” says Meir Kalmanson. Kalmanson is the founder and creative director of AMK Productions.

Many of you know Kalmanson from his Youtube videos, two of which went viral. “High Five New York” featured Kalmanson giving high fives to people in midtown