How to Budget for Socially Distant Holidays

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time to start thinking about your 2020 holiday plans. And around here, that means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday budget. Things are going to be different this year, with social distancing restrictions turning holiday traditions sideways, so let’s take a moment to look at what these brave new holidays will … Read More

Is Tax Relief Real?

Even if you’ve never been behind on your taxes, you’ve probably heard the ads for companies who guarantee to get you out from under tax debts. And if you are behind on taxes, you’re probably asking yourself, “are those companies for real?” In this article, we’ll do our best to shed some light on tax relief programs and provide some … Read More

Payroll Tax Deferment: Is it Really COVID-19 Relief?

You might have heard that paychecks are getting a little fatter thanks to the federal government’s latest efforts at providing COVID-19 relief to the average worker: an executive order deferring payroll taxes.  We hate to be the bearers of bad news (even though we’re accountants) but we would caution you against expecting a meaningful increase in your take-home pay. Let’s … Read More

New York City’s Reopening Plan: What You Need to Know

New York City is reopening exactly 100 days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed. But don’t go running onto the streets of NYC quite yet! Things are definitely not back to normal. Businesses may be open, but day-to-day operations are different. There are still worries of a second wave of this virus, which means we all have to be … Read More

Saving Money on Summer Vacation

We know it can be a little difficult to keep track of time during quarantine, so you may be surprised to learn that it is in fact summer. While it might still feel like March in our minds, our AC unit (and the associated electric bill) have confirmed that we are now deep into July. And that means it’s time … Read More

Your Financial Survival Guide for COVID-19: Hidden Ways to Save

Cutting unnecessary costs is always a smart way to save—especially during a global pandemic that’s wreaking economic havoc. In the past few installments of our COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide, we’ve offered up a number of ways you can do just that. In this one, we’re going to focus on some less-obvious ways to adjust your spending habits and stretch your … Read More

Watch out for these Pandemic Scams

In uncertain times, fraudsters are ready to take advantage of the new opportunities that this pandemic brings. Americans are easy targets right now with so much information unknown and so many left vulnerable in the face of unemployment. With all the stimulus checks and unemployment claims, it’s hard to ignore a phone call from someone alleging that they work for … Read More

Your Financial Survival Guide for COVID-19: Cutting Expenses, Increasing Income

We’ve been providing you with the tips you need to take control of your finances during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re back with more important tips! Last time, we focused on keeping things thrifty in your kitchen. This time we have more of a generalized approach based on two big themes: cutting expenses, and increasing income. Let’s get to it! … Read More

The Best Ways to Save Even More Money While at Home: Kitchen Edition

Buying in bulk saves money

We get it – you’ve been stuck at home for months now. While New Yorkers seem to be handling this better than, say, Michiganders, it’s still not easy for most of us. However, there’s one definite upside to this extended lockdown: it’s an excellent time to check your spending habits. We’ve written before about financial planning during COVID-19, and we … Read More

About All Those Ads Right Now

Today’s economic environment is terrifying for most Americans. Jobs are disappearing, workers are being furloughed, and entire industries have practically vanished in a matter of weeks. There’s no sign that the government plans on providing any more assistance than it already has. If ever there were a time to cinch our belts and sure up our budgets, it’s now. But … Read More