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Archive for June, 2016

Taxing Women

June 30th, 2016


States and cities across the country are finally coming to terms with the fact that feminine hygiene products are a necessity for women and are passing legislation to get rid of sales tax surrounding these items. The California Assembly Bill 1561, also known as the tampon tax repeal, is anticipating saving the female population of California around $20 million a year. So while it may not seem like major savings on your single purchase, think of the grand scheme and how state lawmakers are taking a step in the right direction. If you have any tax trouble, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Hulk Hogan Forces Bankruptcy

June 29th, 2016

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Financial struggles aren’t avoided the more money an individual or company has. Recently, Gawker Media, an online media company with assets around $50 to $100 million, has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy while appealing a $140 milling verdict for Hulk Hogan. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is available for troubled businesses and gives them the ability to restructure their debts with the hopes to become financially stable again. Luckily for Gawker, all litigation is halted during a Chapter 11 bankruptcy which means the company doesn’t need to currently deal with the $140 million verdict against them. If you own a business and are currently experiencing financial hardship, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Surprises in Your Car

June 28th, 2016

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It’s officially road trip season and it’s common to allow your friend or significant other to take the wheel for a while so you can have a break from driving. Unfortunately for one Missouri driver, after being pulled over, one man was arrested for not only driving on a suspended license but also for the meth found in a subsequent search of his girlfriend’s car. Luckily, the Missouri courts determined that a person who drives a vehicle with the owner’s permission has the same expectation of privacy when it comes to a search and seizure as the actual owner of the vehicle. The evidence was excluded from court due to lack of reasonable suspicion, but it’s always best to make sure there are no dead bodies hiding out in the trunk of your friends car the next time you grab the wheel. If you have recently been arrested or are dealing with a drug charge, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Tax Break for College Students

June 27th, 2016

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College students are always looking to save money in any way they can, especially when it comes to taxes. Fortunately for them, Uncle Sam gives them two potential credits, the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit, in order to help manage sometimes outrageous tuition and educational expenses. Most often these credits are based on the amount shown on your Form 1098-T, however, it was recently found that these credits are based on the amount you paid during the year, not what was billed. Make sure you keep track of all tuition and required course materials you purchased and paid for during the tax year in order to get the full credit you deserve. If you need help with your taxes, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

It’s Called Random Drug Testing for a Reason

June 24th, 2016

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Many people work at companies where drug testing is common practice in order to retain employment. Recently, a Missouri resident tried to refuse a mandatory drug test by their employer based on the idea that it was inhumane and unfair due to the lack of suspicion. The courts, however, upheld the Labor and Industrial Relations Commissions decision to deny benefits to the employee for misconduct since the policy was to randomly drug test, regardless of suspicion. If you are having problems in the workplace, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Missouri Use Tax

June 23rd, 2016

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Be careful what you buy on Amazon and other online stores! All tangible personal property that you store, use, or consume in the state of Missouri is subject to a use tax. It does not apply, however, to goods that have been purchased through a Missouri retailer and been subjected to the state sales tax. The taxable amount is the sales price plus any service charges that are considered to be part of the sale. The intent of the parties to the sale determines whether or not a service charge is considered part of the sale. If you have tax trouble, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Judges Have to Pay Their Taxes Too

June 20th, 2016


A former U.S. Tax Court Judge and her husband have been indicted for obstructing an IRS audit and conspiracy to evade taxes of more than $400,000. It was found that for part of her term, Diane Kroupa and her husband claimed multiple vacations, wine club fees, spa trips, vacation home expenses and much more as business expenses for their consulting company, Grassroots Consulting. Both are now charged with conspiracy, tax evasion, making and subscribing false tax returns, and obstruction of an IRS audit. Just a friendly reminder that reporting personal expenses as business expenses on your tax return is illegal, regardless of your job position. If you are in tax trouble, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Go for the Big Gulp, Stay for the Tax Payments

June 17th, 2016


The IRS is now offering one more way to pay your taxes – the local 7-Eleven. Individual taxpayers can elect to pay their balance in cash through and PayNearMe. After following a few short steps, the taxpayer will be sent a payment code along with a list of the closest 7-Eleven stores. The IRS is warning individuals to watch out for email schemes surrounding this program – the message will always come directly from or PayNearMe once the payment process is initiated. If you owe money to the IRS and need some help, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

June 15th, 2016


Once a person has asserted a 4th Amendment right, such as the right to counsel, after receiving a Miranda Warning, interrogation is ceased. In most cases, in order to resume interrogation, the suspect must be re-read their Miranda rights. However, if a person in custody initiates the resumption, officers do not need to repeat the Miranda Warning.  If you have been arrested and need to speak to an attorney, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at