Tax Services

When it comes to the world of taxes, preparation and planning go a LONG way. We have the expertise and knowledge you are looking for in a tax professional and can help you navigate your options.

We’re happy to help you with any of these services:

Tax Preparation

Stop missing out on potential deductions that could be saving you big money!

Tax Planning

Real strategies and solutions to help you minimize your IRS liability.

5 Tips To Think More Clearly About Financial Decisions For West Michigan Taxpayers

Despite that title, it has, in fact, been a relatively smooth first week of tax filing here at Forrest Tax & Accounting Services. West Michigan clients have been streaming through our doors, and we've been enjoying our little mini-reunion with so many longtime...

Are DIY Taxes Truly Free For West Michigan TaxPayers?

If you watched any football over the weekend, you probably saw this year's version of the popular tax software maker* touting "free taxes" or some such. Not only was the commercial fairly disturbing (it involves impalement of a person played as a joke), but the...

4 Goals To Jumpstart Your Financial Freedom In West Michigan In 2018

It feels VERY good to turn the page on 2017, doesn't it? There were so many hard things that we faced as a nation that the opportunity to start fresh feels particularly bright this week. Obviously, and as I've already written about in some detail, we have a brand new...

3+ Reasons Why West Michigan Taxpayers Might Need to File an Amended Return

Well, we did it. You did it. We made it through the tax busy season. Every year, when I shut our West Michigan office door on April 15th (the 17th this year -- er, the 18th, because of the IRS "issues"), I feel a huge weight lift off of my shoulders. Going home that...

Estate Planning For Dummies: Two Estate Planning Myths Debunked For West Michigan Families

I'm not sure there is very much I could say that could add anything to the conversation about what happened last week in Parkland, FL. It seems that every time something like this happens, we grieve for shorter and shorter amounts of time and move on ever-more quickly...

Forrest Tax & Accounting Services’s 2017 Tax Preparation Checklist

Lots of things have been changing recently -- from Academy Award ratings (they're down), to mortgage rates (which have been rising), to the effective tax rates for most businesses and families in 2018 (which, you may have heard, have changed!). But we here at Forrest...

Common Sense Taxpayer Information Security for Forrest Tax & Accounting Services Clients

We're gearing up for tax season around here, already beginning to help certain West Michigan clients get their returns ready for filing (yes, this early) when the IRS begins allowing receipt of electronically-filed returns on the 29th of this month. And while we have...

2018 Tax Refunds Have You Confused? Ashley Forrest Provides Clarity

We are cranking along with tax return preparation here at Forrest Tax & Accounting Services, and there are some interesting things that you should know about from Tax Land (that wild, scintillating world that it is). Look -- it is our J-O-B to handle this junk so you...

Ashley Forrest’s 2018 Tax Preparation Checklist

Yes, you *thought* 2017 was in the rearview mirror, didn't you? Well, not for the IRS it isn't. That's because, as you probably know, we are now beginning the process of doing what we do best: effectively, legally, and ethically reporting our clients' financial lives...

Delayed Gratification: Staying Focused to Get Ahead (Later) in West Michigan

For sports fans, that was quite a run last week. The NHL crowned its champion (and the nation's capital seemed like it was one massive street party for the weekend), the rest of the NBA conceded to the Golden State Warriors, and we witnessed another Triple Crown in...

How You’re Missing Legal Tax Deductions

Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes.

But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!