Editor’s note: Longtime ASJA member Julian Block is an attorney and author based in Larchmont, N.Y. He has been cited as: “a leading tax professional” (The New York Times); "an accomplished writer on taxes" (Wall Street Journal); and "an authority on tax planning" (Financial Planning Magazine). This article was originally published in the winter 2018-19 issue of ScienceWriters magazine.
In these tumultuous tax times, my clients bombard me with questions. Many of their queries concern Public Law No. 115-97, aka the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 23, 2017, just before Santa arrived. READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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