What makes you happy
August 5th, 2015

Discover What Makes You Happy and Why

Having been in business for myself now for four years, my wife shares with others that "Mike doesn't really work he just has fun." So much in life has to do with how we approach life and addressing what makes us happy. Yesterday I was pleased to make two presentations at Hamline University in St. Paul and one presentation with BV Resources via a webinar.

July 30th, 2015

IRS Reaction to Practitioner Comments

Yesterday I had an opportunity to speak to the IRS on two fronts. One was a call from the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) based on a suggestion and concern I raised with the IRS about a year ago and the other was a sit down discussion with a group of IRS front line specialist managers regarding practitioner concerns when working with the IRS.

July 28th, 2015

Lessons Learned on European Tour

Over the last 15 days I have been to Europe on a "VE Tour" with Wartburg College. The picture above is from Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther translated the Bible into common German while hiding with a price on his heard.

Meeting Leaders
July 8th, 2015

Are You an Effective Meeting Leader?

On ManagingResolutons.org I offer insights on this topic from the post July 7, 2015. I have used the technique of asking the parties to help me draft an agenda on a topic related to the issue at hand during mediations.

July 8th, 2015

Two Free Items to Help Expert Witnesses and Business Professionals

I subscribe to the free BV Wire. I find it to consistently provide good information for business valuers. Since I review expert reports and assist with both IRS resolutions and with mediation between parties, I find the information informative and helpful.

June 27th, 2015

Knowledge Does Not Equal Understanding

Here is a great video about a bicycle that turns the opposite way it should and the pain this causes in trying to learn how to change. It really is interesting and unexpected. I want to thank Eric Gregory for encouraging Ashley Smith to share it with me. Eric was right.

June 19th, 2015

Is the IRS About to Crash?

My book from November 2014 "The Wheels Are Falling Off the Wagon at the IRS" was part of two reddit sessions last year that appear to have resulted in over 1,000,000 reads. I pointed out at that time how bad the IRS is funded and the implications.

June 11th, 2015

Does It Matter If The IRS Exists?

Last November I went on reddit on a couple of Saturdays to engage others in a conversation about the IRS. As a result of those two Saturday iterations it is estimated that with 7,500 thumbs up and some other analytic measures by those that know a lot more about this than I, that we had on the order of 1,000,000 hits.

June 11th, 2012

Audit Techniques Guides (ATG) to Assist Accountants

Check this out, the IRS provides you with how they audit over 50 technical areas at: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=108149,00.html from areospace to wine.  Pretty cool to know how the IRS will approach this area.

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