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College Financial Planning

How Can You Pay for Your Kid to go to College, Spend and Save as You Are Now, and Increase the Amount of Money You have for Retirement?

Elder Care Financial Care

Finally… Worry Free Financial Management for Your Aging Parent or Family Member.

Estate Planning Done Right

Make Sure Your Family Transitions Prepare Your Children and Your Family for Financial Freedom.

Effective Advertising: How To Find It In Frederick

As you may or may not already know, this is the final week before extended tax returns are due (Monday, October 16th is the due date this year), so we are working hard here in our Frederick offices with those clients who placed an extension on their filing, to make...

Tax Return Review and 2018 TCJA Planning Session for Frederick area Businesses

I'm going to take a moment to address you who might NOT be using our services thus far. There's a word or two for current J Allen & Associates clients here as well, but allow me to explain. You see, sometimes, you just know you need to make a change, but the...

Get Stuff Done With Allen’s Productivity Tactics

It's Cyber Monday, and as is my habit, this strategy note is being composed early in the week. Plenty to do this week, and gotta get ahead, after all. Did your Frederick business run a sale for the holidays, or Cyber Monday or Black Friday? If not, you may have (ahem)...

Can I Take the Section 199A Deduction For My Frederick Business?

Lots of business owners have been contacting us of late, as we've developed a bit of a reputation around the Frederick area for helping business owners save a bundle on their taxes.And many of the business owners in Frederick that we've talked to have a similar...

The Most Likely Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail In Frederick

It's always been hard-scrapping for small business owners in Frederick. We've all heard the old adage: At least 85% and maybe as high as 98% of new small businesses fail before they hit the five year mark. That rate may have been even higher over the past decade. Now,...

Three Keys To Shorter Meetings For Your Frederick Business

Last week I wrote about working less, and testing the 80/20 hypothesis for your Frederick business work cycle. I'd love to know if you had a chance to consider putting this into practice, send us an email using the email icon at the top right hand corner of our...

Frederick Small Business Debt Collection

How are things going for you? Is there something we can do to help your business during this final quarter of 2017? Do let me know. One nice way to make your quarter better is to get an infusion of cash. However, this is too often a rare occurrence. Too many Frederick...

Thanksgiving Week Reflections From A Frederick Business Owner

It's a slower week, here in J Allen & Associates World. Yes, it's crazy (and a bit of a relief, to be frank) that we now find ourselves in Thanksgiving week. And I have some thoughts, which are perhaps a bit more meditative than normal, because of how this holiday...

Dealing With Angry Customers: A Plan For Frederick Business Owners

As I have been saying to some of my personal tax preparation clients in Frederick, I'm not sure that there is very much that I could say that could add anything to the conversation about what happened last week in Parkland, FL. It seems that every time something like...

Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners in Frederick

As you may have heard, "Labor Day" originated during the time of 7-day workweeks of 12-hour days, in the late 1800's, as our country was in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. Times have certainly changed since then -- and our economy is no longer driven by the...

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.

But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!