THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

History of Social Security Three weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Kimberly, received her master’s degree from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse from Chicago’s DePaul University. At the department’s awards banquet, Dr. Deborah Brandt, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave the keynote speech, titled “Taking Writing Seriously.” DePaul couldn’t have […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

How the SSA calculates benefits Last week, I began a discussion on our Social Security system. The annual statement, beginning in May of this year, can only be accessed online. We went over the procedure for creating an account and accessing that online statement. An important part of the annual statement is the data entered […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

What happened to the Social Security statement? Let’s talk about Social Security this week and for the next few weeks as well. I authored a short series of articles on Social Security a few years ago, but enough procedures have changed that I feel it warrants taking another look at the system. One of the […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Giving up a rental to foreclosure “Be well… Do good things… Keep in touch.” This is one of Garrison Keillor’s more famous, if not the most famous, quotes from “The Writer’s Almanac.” It’s short, but it sure does say a mouthful. I have a nephew, Andrew Veenstra, who graduated from Sparta High School last week. […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Foreclosures, home equity loans The tax return preparation business is a whole lot more complicated today than it was when I started preparing taxes back in 1978. The Internal Revenue Service has to deal with many more preparers today than in 1978. Of course, we probably have to deal with more IRS people today than […]