A Tax to Grind | A Blog to Enlighten and Entertain Those Afflicted with Property Tax

20 Year Celebration and Ribbon Cutting

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 23 October 2014 by Advantax

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Advantax Ribbon Cutting

This week at Advantax we continued the celebration with an open house and ribbon cutting. It was wonderful to have the community that we work in every day, many local clients and some national clients, friends and family come and celebrate with us. You can see more photos of the celebration on our Facebook page!

Advantax Open House

Taxpayers Pay for Empty Residences in the State Capital

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 16 October 2014 by Karen Krug

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How many residences does an Illinois politician need? The Illinois constitution mandates that elected officials maintain a residence in the capital city of Springfield, IL.  But what happens when these elected officials don’t stay there?  Taxpayers still cover the cost.

A recent article from IllinoisWatchdog.org explains how taxpayers subsidize monthly leases for vacant Springfield residences. The Governor has a 16-room executive mansion in Springfield.  Top officials including the Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Comptroller all have fully paid leased apartments in Springfield.  The problem is – they live in Cook County.  And they conduct the majority of state business from the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

These elected officials are in Springfield, IL for two, maybe three days a month.  Surely there are available hotels in the capital city?  Yet taxpayers cover leases month after month. Should there be a law requiring state officials to live in Springfield? Perhaps it is time to change the mandate of a permanent residence in the capital. Should property taxes or any other taxes be used to pay for their housing? What do you think?

Springfield Illinois

Removing the Mysteries from Company Financials

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 09 October 2014 by Advantax

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Advantax CEO David LeVan was recently interviewed by Jim Kendall, the founder of Kendall Communications and Business writer for the Daily Herald. In this podcast he explains why and how practicing open book financials through the Great Game of Business takes the mystery out of company financials. Check it out at www.kendallcom.com and just click on the mic. Enjoy!

Advantax and the Great Game of Business