December 21st, 2015

Congratulations on a Funding Bill for the Feds, What about the Deficit?

There is a relatively simple formula that states that Government Revenue – Government Spending = Surplus if positive, a balanced budget if Neutral, a Deficit if negative.   The most recent bi-partisan spending bill is scheduled to increase the deficit by $800 billion

December 18th, 2015

How Meditation Benefits CEOs and Can Help You Too

Working with neuroscientist, following current neuroscience documentation on the internet and with my own experiences, I found this article from the Harvard Business Review entitled “How Meditation Benefits CEO’s” to be right on point.

December 14th, 2015

Leadership vs. Management Related to Negotiations

“”Real leaders negotiate.  Understand the difference between leadership and management”.  This is the title of an

December 10th, 2015

IRS Prepares to Outsource Collection – Here We Go Again

Over my 28 year career at the IRS I witnessed Congress outsourcing IRS Collection activities twice.  Once it ended in failure with violations of taxpayer rights as some firms tended to try and make shortcuts to make more profit and intimidated taxpayers illegally.   The other ended up costing the federal government more than they collected.

December 2nd, 2015

BATNA Examples: Negotiation Tactics for Creating Value in Business Negotiations

When I state the term “cultural barriers” what does that mean to you?  The Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation would like to provide you with a free 19 page document on Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Negotiations.   I will summarize commentary from that 19 page document a little later in this commentary, b

December 2nd, 2015

IRS Indicates that potential 2704(b) regulation changes may not be as severe as hyped

This is the report from the S Corporation Association of America   

Symbol of the US Treasury
November 24th, 2015

Is the IRS Auditing the Right Parties?

This article was picked up by the AICPA and shared via the CPA Letter Daily on November 24, 2015. The soundbite commentary from the CPA Letter Daily stated:

A moment of freedom.
November 18th, 2015

What Makes a Good Mediator?

This is the title to an article from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation dated November 16, 2015. The article points out that more than education is needed when looking for a mediator.

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