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

I love to travel and subscribe to many travel magazines and news letters; I even read travel books like a restaurant menu (voraciously)! I thought it would be nice to break up some tax blogs by blogging over a few travel updates. United Airlines changes policy on comfort animals after peacock incident: United Airlines wants… Read More

At Bourke Accounting¬†we are a full service tax and accounting firm. A big part of our business is forming Corporations, LLC’s, Non Profits and over-all helping people figure out which entity is best for their business. With the new “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Corporations seem to be the “it” entity of the moment. I… Read More