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It’s a slower week, here in First Tax Relief 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 works for tax professionals.

The December holidays are wonderful, of course — but they are a calm before a big storm (tax season). We’re usually furiously prepping for the season, and seeking to understand the last-minute tax code changes that Congress often foists upon us.

And this year, it appears those changes could potentially be significant.

But, as I have been reminding some of my Cleveland clients and friends this week — nothing has changed until a law is passed. And we’ll be here for you to interpret it, and to help you take appropriate action, if at all.

Believe it or not, all of the tax code uncertainty makes this week a little sweeter. We get to slow down a little and turn ourselves towards deeper, higher thoughts. Yes, we’re still preparing, but this week it’s not so … frantic.

And I’m beginning this week by looking back a little. 

And when I do, I’m reminded of my Cleveland firm’s many blessings. For instance, I do NOT take for granted that you have chosen us to walk with you as we give you advice and help take care of your Cleveland business, especially around tax time. It’s hard to trust your “baby” (your business) to another, and we don’t take it lightly.

And maybe you can relate to this one: I also look back this week on the journey to get here. As anyone who runs their own business will agree, it’s a giant leap to go out “on your own”. I still remember what it was like to take this dream I had for my firm and put it into reality. I was a little bit scared, but I was hopeful. I remember the friends and other Cleveland business-owners who helped me along the way … and how risky it all seemed.

The risk DID pay off of course, and I’m happy about what we’ve been able to create around here at First Tax Relief. Now we get to be the ones helping people pursue THEIR dreams.

For a new business owner in Cleveland, the first step seems really big … until the next step comes! And then you realize that running a business is a series of these decisions…. You become a good risk-taker, if you stay in it for long.

But it sure helps to have somebody with a cold, clear eye to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Which brings me to what I’m thankful for this November, as a business owner … and hopefully as your friend.

As I gather at my table with family and friends this week … I am thankful for you — and people like you. Thank you for your trust, for your business year after year … and for making my first step into starting and running a firm “way back when” so rewarding now.

And as for what I’m excited about as we head towards the end of 2017? Well, here’s to helping YOU keep the IRS off your back in 2018!

It still looks as if we’re all going to need it — no matter what the media says about “simplification” …


Rich Rhodes
(833) Low-Taxx

First Tax Relief