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Taxing Briefly

It’s fair to say that we live and breathe tax law.  There are other folks out there (so we’ve been told) that have other, less esoteric and acronym-driven interests.  It is for the rest of you (which is to say, the majority of the civilized world) that we has created a series of articles called Taxing, Briefly.  These posts adopt a much broader, less technical approach to current tax issues. 

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Although true, these articles are still not a substitute for actual legal advice.

It goes without saying (but I’m a lawyer, and I can’t help saying it), but these articles are no substitutes for legal advice.  If you have a question about what you read, reach out to us, or bug your number-crunching Cousin Leroy, the family’s token CPA.

These articles are only as good as the questions we’re asked by you non-taxish people, who (apparently) far outnumber your tax nerd kith and kin.  So, if you have a question, drop us a line by clicking the button below.

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