How to Stop Worrying by Tom Bass

stop worrying

There are so many things in our modern world that are true causes for concern. Whatever your politics, the atmosphere in Washington is tense. There is unrest across the culture, and a sense that many of the things that we have grown to rely upon aren’t nearly as stable as they once were. And to top it all off, Batman … Read More

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What Is Estate Planning? Six Good Reasons Everyone Should Have An Estate Plan In Costa Mesa

What is Estate Planning

There comes a point when you hear news such as we all saw unfold over the weekend in London (and earlier in the week in Manchester, UK), and it’s tempting to just go numb. It feels like survival, during these crazy times. But I’m fighting to care, and not just tune EVERYTHING out. There is great wisdom in keeping our … Read More

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Millennials In The Costa Mesa Workplace

Millennials In The Workplace

Memorial Day is behind us, and our lives move forward. Mere words, even a full day of memorializing cannot measure the worth and honor due to our fallen service men and women. For many of us, a 3-day weekend ushers in the summer … and maybe that’s because the task of memorializing itself seems not to be enough. I’m reminded … Read More

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Bass’ Guide To Keeping Financial Records

financial records

The other day, the New York Times ran a story that spoke to one of my favorite topics: keeping our minds clear. The subject was the seemingly-endless barrage of news stories about the current administration, and the challenges of navigating your mind to be free of it all. Whomever you voted for, whatever your political persuasion (and I’m making a … Read More

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Dreaming Big Must Come Before Financial Planning by Tom Bass

Financial Plan

You’d probably be surprised if you sat in on some of the meetings I have with some of my tax planning and preparation clients. This is by no means the majority of my clients, but there is certainly a good subset of people who have piled away a ton of financial resources … but who are bored, tired and a … Read More

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How To Buy Happiness In Costa Mesa

Buy Happiness

Not a huge amount of “tax news” these days … we’re watching Congressional movement on tax reform, Obamacare, etc. but right now, it’s all mostly just talk. But that’s politics, I suppose. Which is a good argument for not diving too deeply into it. Now … moving to things far more immediately relevant: I’ve written before about the surprising disconnect … Read More

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Tom Bass’ Three Ways To Live Out Your Retirement Lifestyle In Advance

Retirement Lifestyle

First off, now that May is upon us, we’re moving into a different mode. We have a few clients on extension (and with whom we will continue to correspond), but our attention is now more turned to other matters: tax planning (more about that soon), working with Costa Mesa businesses and other individuals with year-round concerns, and other such things. … Read More

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Tax Freedom Day And Amended Tax Returns For Costa Mesa Taxpayers

Amended Tax Return

When I say, “3.5 months of labor,” I’m not actually referring to the work we do here in our Costa Mesa tax office on behalf of our clients. (Frankly, we work the entire year so that these past few months would NOT be as crazy as they might otherwise be.) Nope, I’m referring to one of the big dates we mark every … Read More

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A Tax Day Thank You From Tom Bass

Tax Day

Lifting my heavily-lidded eyes to peer up through the haze of government forms and procedures, I peek at the calendar, which today said: April 17. (If any of the above sounded slightly poetic, that’s the coffee talking; I’m a Costa Mesa tax accountant, after all.) Yes, today is an extremely busy day for us here at Team Bass — it’s … Read More

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