Retirement Money and Five Financial Mistakes To Avoid by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

This is the time of year when we are normally opening up to file returns on behalf of our clients, and taking a breath of “calm before the storm”. Not this year though. Not only is actual tax filing delayed until February 12, but Congress made their end-of-year appropriations act extremely consequential, with a second stimulus, more PPP, and 5,500+ … Read More

Emelia MensaRetirement Money and Five Financial Mistakes To Avoid by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Tax Checklist for Connecticut Taxpayers

Every year within the independent tax and accounting business community in our state (and on various online channels), we have a little fun laughing at the newest TurboTax or Block commercials. Last year, it was “all people are tax people”. This year, they’re promoting their “live” feature with commercials of a floating desk answering various deduction questions. It’s clever, but … Read More

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Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Four Keys To Focus And Building Momentum in 2021

It seems so long ago (it was only last week) that we were cueing the fireworks and celebrating leaving 2020 in the rearview. But after all of the events of the past week, it seems wise that we might adjust to the fact that the world around us is not what it might have been in the past. Honestly, it’s … Read More

Emelia MensaEmelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Four Keys To Focus And Building Momentum in 2021

Five Key Takeaways From The Second Coronavirus Relief Bill For Connecticut Taxpayers

Say it with me again: it’s a whole new year. 2020 is in the rearview… And 2021 is starting with some very nice treats for regular families in the clunkily-named “Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021”, also known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act” or CAA for short (the CAA is the entire bill … the clunky name … Read More

Emelia MensaFive Key Takeaways From The Second Coronavirus Relief Bill For Connecticut Taxpayers

Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Very Last Minute Tax Moves for 2020

These weeks are disjointed, these holiday weeks. As of this writing, there are only three days left in 2020, and this week contains New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. So if you want to make ANY 2020 moves (outside of IRA things, which can be retroactively applied after 12/31), time’s a wastin’. I hope that by the time you … Read More

Emelia MensaEmelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Very Last Minute Tax Moves for 2020

Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Annual Holiday Prayer

This will be a different kind of note today than I normally post. Because the first thing to note is that a bona fide holiday miracle seems to have occurred: Congress agreed on another relief bill. Given this cultural climate, this might rank up there with the never-ending oil in the lamps of the Maccabees. (Obviously, I exaggerate … slightly.) … Read More

Emelia MensaEmelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA’s Annual Holiday Prayer

Five Key Habits of the Wealthy Connecticut Clients We Serve

The clock is really ticking now on 2020. But before you celebrate, please — for the love of Pete — make SURE that you are getting whatever needs doing done NOW that might affect this year’s taxes. I’ve been banging this drum the last couple weeks, but I know how thick-headed I can sometimes be, so I’m just assuming you’re … Read More

Emelia MensaFive Key Habits of the Wealthy Connecticut Clients We Serve

Paying Off Debt by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

Last month, I talked about [ENGBLOG]some potential moves taxpayers could make by the end of the year. I wanted to remind you of those possibilities before I get to what else I want to talk with you about… (paying off debt) Those were: Look ahead to 2021 — project what your income might be, then make withholding and tax moves … Read More

Emelia MensaPaying Off Debt by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

When Conventional Financial Advice Is Wrong by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

Is there such a thing any more as “conventional wisdom”? It’s a fair question to consider as we retreat further and further into our ideological silos as a society — only reading “news” from the slant that makes us feel smartest (“See, if [smart person I read] says it’s true, and I already think it’s true then it must be!”). … Read More

Emelia MensaWhen Conventional Financial Advice Is Wrong by Emelia Mensa EA, CPA, CGMA

Cultivating Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2020 in Connecticut

I think we all need this week. 2020 has been *so hard*, for so many in (and far beyond!). And it’s not over yet — from continued electoral fighting, to spikes in virus cases and increased governmental restrictions all over the place, and (of course) the murder hornets. But with the inexorable passing of time … Thanksgiving 2020 comes to … Read More

Emelia MensaCultivating Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2020 in Connecticut