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


For years, tax prepares have reported payments that meet the requirements (under 71(b)(2)) as deductible alimony by the payer, along with the recipient’s Social Security number, to ensure the recipient reports the matching amount as income. The taxpayers must have a written divorce or separation agreement, and the agreement must meet several tests to be… Read More


I have bragged about the size of my wallet for years. While many of my friends have back problems because of  what I call “butt pain” from these several inch thick wallets they carry in their back pockets I literally have the thinnest wallet I have ever seen (thus no pain). I carry my driver’s license, health insurance… 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


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


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


You might think twice before giving money to you adult child as it could ultimately trigger YOUR financial ruin. The majority of parents with adult kids – 74 percent – continue to help them financially after they reach age 18. More than 80 percent contribute to living costs, such as groceries, health insurance, phone bills,… Read More