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What do Tax Pros do After the Tax Rush?

Well, tax season is over. What do accountants do now, you ask? Well, there are extended tax returns to think about, plus 990s and 5500s with May 15 and July 31 due dates as well as FBAR forms with June 30 due dates. Accountants also handle financial advising and consulting, tax extensions, unfiled taxes, audits and reports, and workshops and seminars. In other words, they keep pretty busy!

Bitcoin Crash

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Well, it happened. Bitcoin fell to nearly $8,000 after a pretty rocky 24 hours. This major drop snatched three percent of its value in just one day. To make matters worse, it fell six percent the day before. It’s now trading at $8,288 as of May 17.

The news isn’t all bad. Bitcoin has actually made three percent gains over the last month. Let’s keep an eye on it…

 

Books Successful People Read

Do you consider yourself successful? What defines success? How do we get there? Some of the most successful people in the world have credited reading as a major factor in their success — many of them reading several hours a day. From Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey, check out how reading has impacted their lives.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-successful-people-read-2017-7#mark-zuckerberg-3

 

Deadpool: Second Installment

If you’ve seen the first Deadpool, you won’t want to miss the second. It opens this weekend and you know where I’ll be! I found this article interesting to help prepare for the release. It tells us five comics to read before hitting the theaters for Deadpool 2. Good read…

https://www.wired.com/story/deadpool-2-comics-pull-list/

A Look at This Day in Lakers History

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May 16 marks the Los Angeles Lakers win in Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1980 NBA Finals. The win was bittersweet because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1979-80) suffered a debilitating sprained ankle in this pivotal game. He didn’t even make it to Game 6. Magic Johnson started at center even though he had been the team’s point guard during his rookie season.

He finished that game with 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block. He was just 20 years old at the time, scoring nine points in the final minutes of the game to secure a 123-107 win. Brings me right back!

http://www.lakersnation.com/this-day-lakers-history-magic-johnson-starts-center-1980-nba-finals-mvp-76ers/2018/05/16/

How Vineyard Vines Built A Giant Brand Without Raising A Penny Of Equity

I love success stories. Over the past 20 years, Shep and Ian Murray built a premier clothing brand business that has weathered price wars, the rise of fast fashion and the explosion in online shopping. Vineyard Vines, founded in 1998, now has 95 stores. Even more impressive is that the owners have maintained 100% ownership of the company! Read more:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2018/04/10/how-vineyard-vines-built-a-giant-brand-without-raising-a-penny-of-equity/#7b4256986c95

A Quiet Place

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Reviews have dubbed A Quiet Place, a “nerve-shredding assault on the senses.” Can’t wait to see it. In short, John Krasinski stars with his wife, Emily Blunt, hearing-impaired child actor Millicent Simmonds and British-born rising star Noah Jupe as a family who has survived the invasive predators that are hunting humanity. These monsters hunt by sound, with survival depending on silence. That’s what makes the movie so suspenseful — or so I’m told.

If you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought!

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/apr/08/a-quiet-place-review-horror-john-krasinski-emily-blunt

League Salary Increased This Season

In a bold move, the NBA G League is doing away with its “A” and “B” payment tiers for the 2018-19 season. It will instead raise G League salary to $7,000 a month for all players, amounting to $35,000 for a five-month season. Still doesn’t seem like much!

Previously, players in the G League could earn an “A” salary of $26,000 per season, while players with a “B” salary would earn $19,000 per season.  The league is trying to make it more attractive for players to stay and play here rather than go abroad where they could make a lot more money.

http://www.lakersnation.com/nba-g-league-salary-increase-2018-19-season/2018/04/17/

The Bruce Lee Foundation

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I just came across this today. The Bruce Lee Foundation, originally started as a grassroots movement to honor Bruce Lee’s philosophies and dedication to his craft and his life, has provided over $80,000 in financial assistance to students and families in the U.S.  This thriving 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is designed to motivate individuals around the world to become the best version of themselves.

Check it out:

https://bruceleefoundation.org/