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GRBJ Highlight: Running wild isn’t always as fun as it sounds

This month just may be the month of Andy Jipping. Among other things, Andy has written a blog for the Grand Rapids Business Journal with some great ideas that can help your company get back on track, and steer clear from “running wild.” “As a parent of a toddler,   I find myself reminding my son...

to watch where he is going. His eyes are pointed in every direction that isn’t forward — you know, the direction he’s running at full speed. My wife and I have probably apologized to you in Meijer after he darted out from an aisle into your cart. Yup, we’re those parents. But he’s three. We wouldn’t expect a... [read more]

Andy Jipping is moving UP!

We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Jipping, CPA to Senior Associate.  Hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude are key to a successful career, and Andy exhibits all of those traits and more on a daily basis. Andy is a true leader and we could not be more eager to offer...

him this well-deserved promotion! CONGRATS ANDY!


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GRBJ HIGHLIGHT: Estimated Tax Payments-A Necessary Evil Part 2

Last month, Steve Struck put together a well written article covering the what, who and how of tax payments. If you enjoyed that, which we are sure you did; without further ado, we introduce to you “Tax Payments- A Necessary Evil Pt. 2.” “Last month, we introduced the “evil” concept of estimated tax payments —...

what they are and who is required to make them. To review, if you don’t have enough tax paid in through your payroll withholdings, then it’s likely you will be required to make estimated tax payments. Assuming this applies to you, the question becomes — how do I calculate my estimates and how much is “too... [read more]

GRBJ HIGHLIGHT: Estimated Tax Payments — a Necessary Evil

Steve Struck is back at it! Steve has written yet another article for the Grand Rapid’s Business Journal, and this time it is a two part series! Steve touches on the how, what and who of the necessary and complicated evil of estimated tax payments. “Quite often, I hear people complain (you know who...

you are) about having to pay quarterly estimates. This is especially true with taxpayers who are either self-employed or employed with multiple types of income, such as rents, flow-through income from S corporations or LLCs, interest, dividends or capital gains. What’s all the fuss about estimated tax payments? Why are individuals required to pay them? How... [read more]


2017 Baker Holtz Annual Charity Golf Outing Recap

AUGUST 24TH, 2017 As most of you may know, Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids does their share in giving back to the community by providing free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey, or those grieving the death of a loved one. Gilda’s club has a special program...

called Camp Sparkle, which provides support to children and teens impacted by cancer or grief and allows them the chance to connect with others. With all of that being said, it was a no brainer to benefit Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids at our 4th annual Baker Holtz charity golf outing. This year we had an amazing turn out, with... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Stay Compliant on Charitable Contributions

September is here! Which means a new article is ready for us at the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Our own Steve Struck wrote this month all about the rules and requirements on claiming charitable contributions on your tax returns. “Back in the “old days” (about 10 years ago) the rules relating to deducting charitable...

contributions were fairly lax. I throw a few bucks into the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, the bell rings in acknowledgment and I make a mental note to take a deduction on my tax return next spring. No receipt provided, no written acknowledgment given, no problem! Alas, that era has ended and recordkeeping has become more stringent. No... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Retirement plan options for small employers

As you may know, Baker Holtz contributes to the Grand Rapids Business Journal every month. Sara Knoper went above and beyond for the month of July to put together a great article that could help employees working at a small business plan for retirement. “One of the most common benefits offered is the ability...

for employees to participate in a qualified retirement savings plan with some sort of employer contribution. Not only are qualified plans a great perk to offer employees…, but they can often provide the business with a significant tax deduction and the owners with the opportunity to stash away some cash for retirement…” To read more of... [read more]


GRBJ Highlight: Banking & Finance

Sometimes in life, the only certainty is uncertainty — and that especially rings true this summer in the world of personal and business taxes. While it is dangerous and somewhat impossible to plan for 2018, we still have six months to tax plan for the remainder of 2017. Current tax law may still change...

between now and year-end, but at this point, it’s anyone’s guess. The following are a few tax planning ideas from personal and business perspectives that we want you to consider implementing before the end of 2017. … Interested in reading more? Go to the Grand Rapids Business Journal website


2017 Charity Golf Outing Registration is OPEN

We hope you can join us this year on August 24, 2017. We are excited to partner with Camp Sparkle and Gilda’s Club. Golf Outing Registration Form 2017

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