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How To Eliminate Bad Business Debt In Your Cleveland Small Business

There's a bunch of "business" I need to communicate today, before I get to my discussion of your Cleveland business debt. That's because the personal filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17th, and the majority of our Cleveland business clients also have us handle their...

First Tax Relief Clears Up Confusion About the Offer in Compromise Program

2018 is FINALLY over, and we have a brand new year ahead of us ... and it feels pretty great. The year ahead is full of possibilities for you and your various pursuits, and we are so privileged to walk alongside you in the financial aspects of these possibilities.And...

The Powers and Limitations of IRS Auditors by Rich Rhodes

No matter the time of year, the IRS Audit and Enforcement people are always on the prowl for new cases, and their first step, should you find yourself in their crosshairs, is almost always the audit. Dealing with an audit, even if only via correspondence, is never fun...

Rich Rhodes’ Price War Strategies: Three Reasons To Raise Your Prices

I take a look around the small business world sometimes, and I get a little sad.It's heartbreaking to watch small businesses in Cleveland go out of business or not bring home enough bacon simply because they get trapped into thinking about their pricing in the wrong...

Special Business Knowledge And Cleveland Business Success

Yes, there's plenty to say about that Super Bowl, the advertisements (apparently, they're all Tide ads), the halftime show, etc. But I'll let others weigh in there. I'm a tax professional after all. Congratulations Eagles fans, etc. Here at First Tax Relief, we're...

Effective Advertising: How To Find It In Cleveland

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 Cleveland offices with those clients who placed an extension on their filing, to make...

The Most Likely Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail In Cleveland

It's always been hard-scrapping for small business owners in Cleveland. 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,...

2017 Year-End Tax Strategies for Cleveland Business Owners With Tax Reform In Mind

The holidays are funny for Cleveland business owners. And, I must tell you, especially so for tax professionals like me. Every year, Congress delivers updates to the tax code, seemingly at the very last minute, so my staff and I are often working over the holidays...

Three More Questions To Consider in 2018 For Your Cleveland Small Business Plan

We are in that "calm before the storm" period before busy season begins in earnest for us, and it's a great time for us -- and for you, in my opinion -- to take stock. As we prepare for the increased activity and communication level that always comes this time of...

Rich Rhodes’ Next Steps After Settling With The IRS

With Memorial Day behind us, let's talk about what happens AFTER we are able to strike a deal on your behalf with the IRS. Because after all, that really is the goal here isn't it? So ... the IRS agreed that you could not pay all of your taxes back, and that a...

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!