Public accounting memory

I was just working on calculating our deferred rent adjustment, because we amended our lease. I was pretty confident I did the calculation right, but sent it to the auditors to get their approval on the method. Auditors sent it back with a correction, and for a few moments, I thought they were right… then …

Tax reform – Paying a fair share

I saw this campaign poster shared on Facebook this week:         As you might expect (or maybe you don’t expect it), the effects of changing the tax code can be complex. The effects of changes in the tax code is the field of study for many accounting academics. In some cases, the …

Cold calling

At our public accounting firm, our “business development” team had to cold call potential clients. I sat next to the office of a particularly loud BD team member for awhile, and the calls sounded pretty painful. He was an accountant-turned-salesperson, and it wasn’t a pretty transition. Where I work now, I share an office with …

A thought on fraternities

My experience with Greek life was at a large state university in the south east, so I guess that fraternities and sororities in other parts of the country may be positively influenced by less racist local culture to begin with. My interaction with the sorority and fraternity members was also fairly limited, which is telling …

Mortgage news update – March 2015

So, I wrote in December that my monthly escrow payment would be dropping in March, and that I had 14 more months of prepaying $575 a month so that PMI would be dropped. Since then, I’ve learned that PMI won’t be dropped until I get my mortgage balance down to the required amount AND I …

Motif Investing Review

A new way to build a stock portfolio You may have noticed a new investing platform–Motif Investing–popping up all over the personal finance blogosphere over the last few months. It has received a lot of press thanks to a generous bonus offered to existing customers who get new customers to sign up, as well as …

It’s tax time!

Tax season is here! *Happy dance* I love doing my taxes. Mostly because, since buying the house, I always get a nice big refund. Of course I know that means I loaned the government money for free over the past year, but it also means extra savings I didn’t know that I had! A couple …