It is October 17, 2019.  Did you know that, exactly 32,142 days (or 88 years) ago, Al Capone was sentenced in court for tax evasion? First, let me start by saying that I, in no way, condone crime, organized or otherwise.  Let me further continue that there will always be a special place in my… Read More

I learned something about planning and patience this morning on my way to work.  It’s Monday and I left my house three minutes late; being fairly new to Bourke Accounting, I was going mental.  I am in my probationary period and I have become accustomed to arriving at least  15 minutes early.  I told myself to… Read More

Ellen DeGeneres didn’t graduate from college.  Neither did Ted Turner, Steve Jobs or Rachael Ray.  The list of successful, non-college graduates is fairly substantial.  However, not everyone has raw determination, rich families, otherworldly genius or just good old fashioned television appeal.  For the rest of us, the key to making a good living naturally coincides… Read More

The final draft of the updated 2020 Form W-4 is slated to grace HR desks all over the US in November.  Considering the Tax Cuts and Job Acts, it would make sense to have a new form.  I understand that, but why does the IRS have to go and make it so complicated? The IRS… Read More

I am vastly confused by popular culture. One of my little cousins is strangely obsessed with the Korean boy band, BTS . They are a fairly innocuous, synthesized, rather non-threatening group of dancing young men.  Naturally, the band consists of the dangerous one, the smart one and the sensitive one.  There are a few others… Read More

By the time I was six years old, my parents – having been good parents – had drilled it into my skull that I could grow up to be anything I wanted.  They had faith in me and, I imagine, were suffering delusions of med school, the bar exam, perhaps a Mercedes Benz in the… Read More

It is beginning to be that time of year when Bourke Accounting has a lot of  social functions (parties, seminars, conferences) and everyone likes to hug….or seems to at at least. And there have been some really awkward hugs…like the kiss that never worked out well. I remember once I dated this girl (in high… Read More

At Bourke Accounting, we have monthly team events with our employees where we visit a client’s restaurant, fitness gym, painting store etc and have events at those locations. “Team Building” is the correct term. And at each event there is usually a contest of some sort with a prize of $50.00. This last month we… Read More

This past summer our office air conditioner has been on the fritz and the majority of our (individual) offices have large windows so you can imagine how hot our offices get. I have noticed some of the bookkeepers are crankier than normal. Luckily our conference room is in the back of our office suite and is… Read More

The other day I was standing in line at the grocery store in the 15 items or less line and it was moving very slowly. I assumed it was just my impatience (as I am from New York, and we New Yorkers have “that” reputation) until the lady in front of me said “geeeeez, he’s… Read More