In case you missed it, the Internal Revenue Service published the new 2018 W-4 form in March. As you know, accurate withholding is meant to get individuals close to their true tax liability at the end of the year. However, the new tax code, passed into law in December, made significant changes to calculations for… Read More


As Bourke Accounting continues to grow and expand we often need to update our equipment. Our current dilemma is the need for a combo copy machine/fax/scanner etc. So do we buy or lease? I think leasing may be the best option considering the price of the machines today… When I talk to people about leasing… Read More


What makes people happy? It’s a question humans have been trying to answer for millennia. but over the past several decades, behavioral scientists have made huge strides in determining the basic building blocks of joy and contentment. Primary among them? The quality of your relationships. A study of adult development has found that close relationships,… Read More


Your Social Security benefits are calculated based on how much you earned during your top 35 working years, but at the age at which you first file for those benefits can impact the amount of money you receive each month. If you wait until your full retirement age (FRA) to take benefits, you’ll get the… Read More


A young woman was waiting for her flight at a big airport, so she decided to buy a book to read and a packet of cookies to snack on. She sat down in an armchair in a VIP lounge to relax and read in peace. A man sat down in the next seat , opened… Read More


The Internal Revenue Service has advised taxpayers that in many cases they can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans. Responding to many questions received from taxpayers and tax professionals (yep, that is us), the IRS said despite newly-enacted restrictions on home mortgages, taxpayers can often still deduct interest on a home equity… Read More


My favorite thing as a kid was watching the Olympics (whether it was Summer or Winter); my bothers and sisters and my Dad would gather around our small bulky TV and yelled with joy as the various sports were played out. We’d even bet on the outcome. My brother was a research fanatic and he… Read More


The Internal Revenue Service is expected to refund disabled veterans an estimated $78 million that was wrongly withheld from their disability severance pay. More than 133,000 may qualify for the tax refunds, according to the National Veterans Legal Services Program. In 2016, President Obama signed into law the Combat-Injured Veterans Fairness Act, which directed the… Read More


Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase are joining forces to form an independent health-care company for their employees. This alliance of the three business titans, which boast a combined 1 million workers, reflects corporate America’s increasing frustration with  “the state of the nation’s health-care system and the rapidly spiraling cost of medical treatment.” The… Read More