Government

Uncle Sam’s Hand Is Now Extended

Yes, I hate to remind everyone that a week from tomorrow our taxes are due–the IRS is patiently waiting for our money! It seems that the beautiful spring weather of April is always shadowed by the call of the Federal Government for our hard-earned money. A truly depressing way to kick-off the season of flowers blooming, trees sprouting their leaves, and cool breezes. While I’ve always been the eternal optimist, trying so often to look at the bright side of things; I can’t come up with the bright side of writing a check to the “Internal Revenue Service.”

I recently spoke with a very good friend of mine who like myself is self-employed. Our discussion was about how many months of each year we work to pay the IRS. It was a rather disturbing conversation, since we know that the more money we make the more money we pay the IRS. In many ways it seems that the Federal Government doesn’t give anyone the incentive to work for themselves and strive to be successful. If you think about it, why in the world would you want to increase your income if it just means that you will have to write a much larger check to the IRS?

Don’t get me wrong, anyone who works for themselves will give you a list of the advantages of doing so. You’ll hear the standard replies like, “I like being my own boss”, “I like being able to set my own hours”, and “I like controlling my own destiny”. What we rarely hear are the many down-sides to owning your own business. However, during the month of April you will hear the cries of many self-employed as they mail those tax returns!

While the anxiety levels of the self-employed tend to rise this month, there are many resources to assist those looking for answers. One of the questions I often get from my clients is, “what do I do if I get audited?” My first answer is “always cooperate with the IRS”, and my second answer is “always cooperate with the IRS.” The worst thing you can do is appear evasive when confronted by an IRS Agent. Hopefully, small-business owners have a good CPA and a knowledgeable Attorney to assist them through the process should it arise.

Recently, I read a great article written by Karen Klein of Bloomberg Businessweek entitled “How to Handle a Tax Audit.” This article contained some extremely valuable information on how to deal with the IRS if you’re being audited. I would encourage you to read this–not only does it offer great advise on how to handle an audit, but there are some great tips for business owners.

Let me be clear when I say that American’s do need to pay their fair share to keep the country running. We all know that our Troops need to be paid, our mail needs to keep coming, and Congress must function. What I do not believe is that our government is running as efficiently as it could, and much of our tax dollars continue to be spent on waste, fraud, and abuse. I would imagine that many of us would feel better about writing the check to the IRS if we knew our money was being spent wisely, and that we had real budget hawks looking out for our best interests. Today, this isn’t the case and on April 18th, Uncle Sam will have his hand extended; show me the money!

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011 Government No Comments

Death Tax Set To Kill Americans

As 2010 begins to tick down and we get closer to the new year–so does the American tax burden. If you haven’t heard yet, the Bush tax cuts along with the moratorium on the Death Tax will expire on December 31, 2010. During an election year when governments out of control spending has been highlighted by so many candidates–this tax will certainly be on the minds of many voters this coming November.

Just to give you an idea of what will happen beginning on January 1, 2011, if your family has an estate valued at more than $1 million dollars you may see a levy of up to 55%. I know, this is some pretty shocking stuff, but it’s our reality! Pretty sad to think that wealthy Americans that die before the end of this year will be dancing in their graves for saving their family members so much money!

A notable American that died this year was New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner–who has an estate estimated to be over $1 billion dollars. While his family, friends, and many fans were sad to see him go…his death in 2010 saved his estate hundreds of millions of dollars.

Republicans have been talking for years about the negative effects of the tax and spend liberals. In today’s society we are seeing the ramifications of out of control government spending. Instead of tightening their belts in Washington, D.C., they just want more of our hard earned money! Yes, Washington, D.C. wants more of our money so they can pay their bills and spend more of our money…pretty sick I say!

Last month columnists J.D. Longstreet of The Silent Majority wrote this: “…yes, the wealthiest still have money. Maybe not as much as they did before the recession hit us so hard, but they still have an ample supply. But they are not spending it on plant expansions, new operations, purchasing new equipment, building up their inventory, etc., etc. When that money they are sitting on is static, when it is not working, then it is not creating jobs As a result Americans can’t find work.”

This commentary makes my point that we shouldn’t cut off the hand that feeds us. Inherently, big companies who get hammered with taxes and regulations have the benefit of expensive lawyers, accountants, and strategists. The first thing many of these companies do is find out where they can cut in order to minimize the negative impact on their bottom-line. Often this results in downsizing, or in other terms LAYOFFS.

I hope that Congress decides to act before the end of this year to not only preserve the estates of the Americans who have been successful, but keep in place the tax cuts that are allowing companies to employ so many of our citizens. We can’t afford to have government increasing the tax burden–this will only add to our unemployment roles and run business and industry out of our nation. If we truly want to see our economy grow, we must offer incentives to businesses who stay here and hire our people. Hitting them with more taxes and increased regulations will only contribute to our demise!

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 Government No Comments

The Departure of General McChrystal

General McChrystal has become a hot topic over the past couple days, and with his departure comes the opinions of many–including mine.

Initially, when I heard about the prospect of President Obama firing General McChrystal I was outraged. I knew the General had made some disparaging remarks against the Presidents Administration, but I felt it was the Generals right to speak his mind.

Then I gave it some more thought and realized the consequences of a General not standing with his President and the lasting ramifications to our government. We must as a Nation, stand together and move in the same direction when we are at war. Clearly, General McChrystal violated the chain of command and put President Obama in a tough position.

The real debate here is whether or not the President should have fired McChrystal? After much thought, my opinion is that firing the General was NOT the right move. While I understand why the President did what he did; I offer an alternative.

My view is that the General should have been made to apologize to the President publicly. I believe that in that apology General McChrystal should have stated the importance of the United States Military Standing by their President during a time of war. The fact is that civilians ultimately control and run our Military. It is a long-standing tradition and deals with the balance of power.

I can appreciate the General offering his opinion to the media, but in doing so he really put the President in a bad position. Maybe all we can hope for now is that something is learned from this. What I hate the most is seeing an Honorable, Patriotic, and Brave American end a respectable career on this note.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010 Government No Comments

NATHAN TAYLOR ENDORSES SCOTT HAMMOND FOR ASSEMBLY 13

Tonight I want to thank all of my friends and supporters who worked so hard on my campaign this year. I would also like to take this time to give my full support to Scott Hammond for State Assembly in District 13.

Scott Hammond won the primary election tonight in Assembly District 13, and he is a wonderful family-man, teacher, and concerned citizen. I now urge all of the big money donors who supported other candidates in this primary to now back Scott Hammond. Now is a time for unity and support of our Republican nominee.

This primary was a very well-spirited race and now that Scott Hammond has won, we must come together as fellow Republicans to support Scott. I believe that if all of the other 4 candidates in this primary come together to support Scott, we’ll win this election in November.

I’m giving my full support to Scott Hammond, and will ask all of those who supported me in this race to now back Scott. It’s time for everyone to come together and back our GOP nominee.

To learn more about Scott Hammond, please visit his website at: www.hammondfornevada.com

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 Government No Comments

“Healthcare Bill Passes Congress”

March 21, 2010
 
“Healthcare Bill Passes Congress”
 
“Please join me in my fight against “Big Government”, who just told us through Congress what type of healthcare we must have. The feeling of Conservatives like myself, and Independents is that we are a Country divided. A bill in Congress of this magnitude that only passes by 7 votes, proves that this was a partisan, social, and liberal attack on the American people.
 
I will always stand for small business, capitalism, and the working men and women of our Country. I cannot, and will not stand for socialism, and government control of our lives–this healthcare bill does just that. I am saddened by the reckless acts of our U.S. Congress, and I ask that you join me in efforts to repeal this bill, join other states that plan to sue the federal government, and work to protect Nevadans from Washington, D.C. forcing their ideology on our citizenry.
 
I will fight, as I always have for the principles embedded in our Constitution, protecting those most important words in our Declaration of Independence: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”…this healthcare bill stares in the face of these most precious words.”

Nathan Taylor
Candidate–Assembly District 13

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Sunday, March 28th, 2010 Government No Comments

Rivera, Taylor Fight Back

It is pretty amazing and somewhat astonishing when I have to write a column about an ugly experience I’ve had with local government! Unfortunately, today I must write this column and speak of a real-life experience that myself and my good friend Juan Rivera are going through! › Continue reading

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 Government No Comments

Clark County Business License Out Of Control

Well folks, Clark County Business License made the news again today–this time it was due to CCBL Director Jaqueline Holloway’s attempt to intimidate and harass me!

Las Vegas Review Journal Columnist John L. Smith did an awesome job telling to story and exposing the lies of Ms. Holloway. What I found most interesting about John L. Smith’s story was the fact that he printed Holloway’s statement she released to Clark County Security. Holloway actually contradicted a sworn statement by Officer Kaatz–she might as well just called him a liar! › Continue reading

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009 Government Comments Off on Clark County Business License Out Of Control

America Needs Some Repair Work

Every once in awhile, I need to vent a little about what I see wrong with our nation and lend my thoughts. In many ways, I don’t even know where to start because there are so many issues that need fixing in America right now. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really sick and tired of all the nonsense that continues to come out of these politicians mouths–they need to shut-up and take some serious action! › Continue reading

Sunday, September 20th, 2009 Government Comments Off on America Needs Some Repair Work

Promises Made, Promises Kept

In today’s world, it isn’t often that a politician makes promises to his constituents, and keeps them. More often then not, once elected politicians quickly forget how they got there and almost immediately begin breaking campaign promises. However, sometimes we get that rare soul who keeps their promises and delivers on their campaign rhetoric. › Continue reading

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Monday, September 7th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Promises Made, Promises Kept

Common Sense Ideas for Obamacare, by Martin Janowski

Let us start with the obvious. Obamacare does not exist. President Obama has proposed reforms in health care, health care insurance reform, a desire that all the 57 million (his number) uninsured now be insured, and that he wants a plan that does not raise taxes on those making under $250,000 a year and will not kill Grandma. › Continue reading

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Common Sense Ideas for Obamacare, by Martin Janowski
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