Tax Strategies for Bank Robbers

Keith and I dreamed up TaxCoach one afternoon over lunch at Tellers restaurant in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Square. So it’s fitting that our current offices are just down the street from that restaurant, across from a bank and a funeral home (which would be even more appropriate if we offered an estate-planning tool).

Yesterday morning, three spirited youngsters robbed that bank across the street. They took off in a stolen SUV just as a red dye pack exploded in the cash. At that point, our enterprising-but-apparently-underemployed youths panicked and threw the money out the window, scattering the cash up and down snow-covered Erie Avenue. Read more…

You’re Not Burger King

Take a walk with me down memory lane, and tell me if you can recognize which advertiser infused the airwaves with this catchy jingle:

“Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce

Special orders don’t upset us

All we ask is that you let us serve it your way”

The answer, of course, is Burger King. For years, they relied on their slogan, “Have it Your Way,” to stand apart from industry leader McDonalds. And there’s no doubt they were different. (When I was a kid, I hated the pickles, onions, and mustard McDonalds slapped on their burgers, and I grumbled at having to wait for them to make my burger plain. Now I’m a grownup and I don’t have time to waste on special orders, so on the rare occasions when I eat there, I get a regular burger, take off the top bun, and use a french fry to scrape off the offending vegetables.) Read more…