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.

A Family Budget Plan By Ashley Forrest

Last week I wrote to you about a few financial conversations worth having within a marriage, or any close partnership. As we turn the page into the end of summer, there are a swath of newlyweds out there, and this (and the previous note) might be something useful to...

Ashley Forrest’s Under-Utilized Pet Tax Deductions

Apparently, there are some politics things happening these days.But even more apparently, the tax deadline is three weeks away.Politics? As the young people say, ain't nobody got time for that.But you know what we DO have time for? Saving you a boatload on your taxes,...

How West Michigan Taxpayers Can Support The Alabama Disaster Relief Effort

The college hoops brackets are set, and the madness begins. And, per the American Gaming Association, 47 million of us will be wagering $8.5 BILLION on this event.Which, of course, means that my mind immediately goes here.You see, we've already been knee-deep in our...

Three New Tax Implications for Buying or Selling a House in the West Michigan Area

Sometimes real estate is more art than science.Because every homebuyer's situation is nuanced from home to realtor to geographic location, there's no cut-and-dried way to go about it, and that's whether you're investing, moving or selling.But there are a few things...

Five Steps To Help West Michigan Families And Individuals Prepare for Financial Emergencies

With Hurricane Florence barrelling towards the southeastern United States, I'm reminded (again) about how the unexpected can put a big dent into a well-planned life.And as a planner by nature, these kinds of slow-approaching problems (like hurricanes), are the sort of...

One Trump Tax Plan Mistake That Ashley Forrest Wants You To Avoid

The internet can be a confusing, anxiety-inducing space.The national news is downright scary (and tragic), and places that used to be the province of baby pictures and goofy status updates are becoming increasingly divided over cultural questions and differences.But...

2018 Tax Planning Strategies Questionnaire For West Michigan Taxpayers

Wait, you thought I meant the holidays?Ha. As much as I love Andy Williams, what I REALLY mean is tax planning season. That is to say, year-end moves. :)And next week, I'll give you some generalized moves you can make that can affect your tax bill (in positive ways...

Ashley Forrest’s Two Financial Exercises To Strengthen Your Family Finances

All of the tax media outlets (and even some non-tax ones) were shouting about a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that showed that (gasp) millions of taxpayers are underwithholding, and that they will face a tax bill come 2019. Apparently, there was an...

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...

3 More Reasons Why More West Michigan Families Don’t Have Estate Plans

The Winter Olympics are finished and we are fully immersed in our tax preparation process. We've been enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with so many longtime friends from West Michigan who trust us with their most sensitive financial details -- and we don't take...

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!