Brandon D. Lafving is an independent writer with an interest in financial systems. A graduate of Princeton University, Brandon has published journalism in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro, and WXPN. He also consults, researches and writes reports for small and mid-size businesses.
August 30, 2013
If you already have a college degree and want to continue your education, then you have a choice when it comes to the form of your education tax break...
August 28, 2013
Part of the health care overhaul began in 2010 when a new excise tax was levied on indoor, ultraviolet tanning. The IRS now collects 10% of consumer tanning purchases. The...
August 22, 2013
You may look at your small business as a temporary substitute for full-time employment. A lot of successful sole proprietors start out this way. But unfortunately the...
August 20, 2013
The economy might be improving, but there are still a lot of people who are pasting together their financial obligations through temporary, part-time employment and work by contract. In the six months leading up to July, 2013,...
How to know if your small business qualifies for the "small seller exception" in Marketplace FairnessAugust 16, 2013
If passed, as is, the Marketplace Fairness Act will exempt small sellers from state sales tax. I take a closer look at the requirements for exemption and what small businesses can do to steer clear.
You probably do not want to put your...
August 14, 2013
Also known as "sin" taxes, excise taxes are instruments the government uses to skew consumer behavior away from damaging goods, and toward beneficial products. Alcohol, gas and tobacco products are some of the most heavily taxed goods out there....
August 12, 2013
Interstate road trips are hard enough (when they involve family), so why should the government want to take a piece of them? Gasoline.
On that trip, you might have noticed the price of gasoline raise or lower when you crossed from one...
August 9, 2013
What is the difference between Section 527 and the Tea Party 501(c)(4) organizations that the IRS scrutinized in 2012?
Presidential candidates are not the only ones with a vested interest in winning an election. Section 527 and...
August 7, 2013
A fairly recent record-keeping rule has been a surprise for many audited taxpayers.
The IRS has tightened up a number of taxpayer loopholes in the last decade,...
August 6, 2013
Republicans and Democrats each have their own position on the Marketplace Fairness Act. Who is right?
Although the Marketplace Fairness Act initially represented a bipartisan effort to fairly tax online purchases, it has taken a bit of...