Pomp and Circumstance

June is Graduation Season, and odds are good that you’ve spent some time seated on a cheap folding chair or arena bleacher watching someone proceed down an aisle in an expensive cap and gown. Commencement speakers will thank the faculty, staff, and parents who made it all possible. But how many of them thank the folks in Washington who drafted …

Who Won the Most at the French Open?

For two weeks every spring, the tennis world focuses its attention on Roland Garros, the Parisian center that hosts the French Open. This year, fans yawned as the dominant Serena Williams cruised to her 20th career major title in the 2015 French Open, defeating the 13th-ranked Czech Lucie Safarova. On the men’s side, fans saw an actual contest, as the …

Bet They Didn’t Think About This

  Matthew Person, CPA David Huff, CPA, PFS, MS Todd Wilson, CPA Person CPA Group 3200 Lake Villa DriveMetairie, LA 70002 (504) 780-8299 Fax 1-800-799-1292 www.personhuffcpa.com Bet They Didn’t Think About This Last week, a New York judge issued writs of habeas corpus on behalf of two chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo, currently living in a research lab at the …

Blockbuster Taxes

  Matthew Person, CPA David Huff, CPA, PFS, MS Todd Wilson, CPA Person CPA Group 3200 Lake Villa DriveMetairie, LA 70002 (504) 780-8299 Fax 1-800-799-1292 www.personhuffcpa.com Blockbuster Taxes Memorial Day came early this year, and that means we get more time with our summer whites! (Of course, summer doesn’t “officially” start until June 21, but who’s counting?) For millions of …

The Original Tax Shelter

 New York City is the indisputable hub of American capitalism. Its glittering streets are home to the worlds of finance, advertising, fashion, publishing, and even organized crime. The island of Manhattan is home to some of the richest people on the planet, and they own some of its priciest real estate in the world. You would think all those rich …

Guaranteed Loser

 You’ve bought a lottery ticket or two in your time, right? The Powerball jackpot hits a kajillion dollars, and you realize you really can’t win if you don’t play. So you buy a ticket or two just to nurse that fantasy of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Forget the reality that most lottery players never win, and even the ones …

The Tax Man Runneth

 Person CPA GroupMatthew Person, CPADavid Huff, CPA,PFS,MS Todd Wilson, CPA 504-780-8299  The 2016 presidential election is 20 months away. Sadly, for those of us who don’t watch C-SPAN for fun, that basically means it’s right around the corner. (Keep a sharp eye out for negative campaign ads, coming soon to a TV near you!) Candidates are already lining up donors …

The Postman Always Rings Twice

 Getting mail from the IRS is rarely something to celebrate. If it’s a bill, consider yourself lucky — at least you can just pay it and be done. If it’s a “CP 2000” notice proposing a change to your taxes, get ready for a ride on the paperwork tilt-a-whirl. If it’s an audit notice, all bets are off. (Relax — …

What Do You Give the Man Who Has Everything?

Matthew Person, CPA David Huff, CPA, PFS, MS Todd Wilson, CPA Person CPA Group 3200 Lake Villa DriveMetairie, LA 70002(504) 780-8299 Fax 1-800-799-1292www.personhuffcpa.com  New York Yankee shortstop and future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter has played his last Major League Baseball game. In his last game,he chopped a single to third in the third inning to drive in a run, then took himself …

What Do You Give the Man Who Has Everything?

New York Yankee shortstop and future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter has played his last Major League Baseball game. In his last game,he chopped a single to third in the third inning to drive in a run, then took himself out for good. That final hit brings his total to 3,465 hits, along with a .310 batting average, five Gold Glove awards, and …