Editorial

 

American taxpayers regularly overpay because they fail to take eligible deductions. Downtown Alameda Business Association member Shum Financial Group offers a quick look at four of the most commonly overlooked deductions.

Out-of-Pocket Charity 
Donating goods or the use of a personal car for charitable work are potential tax deductions. Just be sure to get a receipt for any donation valued at more than $250.

 

I don’t make specific “asks” of my community but I’m doing so now. I do so in memory of a homeless friend who died on our beach and others still out there: When you get your Measure A ballot in the mail, open it on the spot, vote “yes” on A, put it back in the envelope, seal, sign and stamp that envelope and pop it in the mail then and there. 

Let me explain. 

 

Measures A and B present us with a choice between two uses of the federal surplus property situated on McKay Street. Both uses have civic-minded supporters who will be presenting us with the positives of their position.

Measure A offers us a wellness center for the homeless that will include 90 senior assisted-living permanent housing studio units, a 50-bed medical respite unit, a medical clinic to serve both populations and a drop-in resource center for at-risk City of Alameda residents. 

 

The Beacon Business Bank Speakers Series kicks off the spring season today, Thursday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with two local experts speaking on topics of interest to business owners. 

First, CPA Lars Hansson will speak on “Tax laws of 2019 and the Impacts on Businesses” 

Hansson has worked for more than 30 years providing dedicated service to his clients located throughout the Bay Area. His expertise is in business income tax preparation, tax planning, trust planning, estate preparation and planning processes. 

Every year in March, scientists, researchers and medical professionals from around the country meet at the Annual Review of Geriatric Medicine, hosted by Harvard Medical School. They share the latest guidelines and advancements in the specialized care of elderly patients.

The clinical team at Calyx Health — a doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors — attends this conference each year with the intention of implementing these findings at its seniors-focused primary-care clinic in Alameda.  

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