Caitlin Langmead - Rochester Office
As we finally made our way through the gloomy winter months of 2021, it is a good time to look back and reflect on the prior year. Overall, 2020 will go down as probably one of the craziest years of my life. Apart from the obvious worldwide pandemic that 2020 brought I also had my first child in September! And what a rollercoaster being a first-time parent has been! As most parents will agree, it’s pretty hard to describe the intense love and fear that comes with having a child. But overall it has been a joy to watch our baby grow, learn and play. One of the few blessings of the pandemic has been the ability to work from home (thanks for all those investments in technology MMB!) so I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything.
Amanda Colon - Rochester Office
Hello All! During the midst of COVID-19 and trying to find new hobbies I forgot how much I love DIY projects. I started off with making some home décor, signs etc. and then got into tie dying and bleaching apparel. I saw some people posting some sports apparel (some more reasonable than others) and it made me think, I could make that. I loved tie dying with friends back in the day, so I ordered a few blank canvas apparel items and began bleaching and tie dying some things and they came out cool. After I did mine I had a few extras so I figured I’d sell them as well as the one's I was experimenting with, and that’s how it took off. I posted to get rid of the few extras I had and quickly had orders lined up of people wanting more.
Michelle Cain- Rochester Office
Since we have all been cooped up in our houses, not going anywhere since last March… many homeowners, such as myself, decided to do some home improvements. We’re not spending money on vacation, so why not spruce up the house? I’m extremely thankful that my husband is very handy as he did most of the improvements himself (with some help from a couple friends along the way) and saved us a lot of money. We started with just some cosmetic updates such as paint and décor.
Steve Berardi - Rochester Office
Hi, I’m Steve Berardi, a Principal at MMB. I was thinking about my career in public accounting. This past year was the ninth time in my career that we have had a Presidential election and each time there has been major discussions about tax policy and tax rates.
I have seen the federal tax rate go from 70% in the early 1980’s, down to 28%, then back up to close to 40%. The politicians have discussed a possible Flat Tax, a Value-Added Tax, a National Sales Tax, a Wealth Tax, Tax Simplification and many other tax law changes.
“Fasten Your Seatbelts”……2021 should be an interesting year for tax law changes.
Suzanne Hicks - Rochester Office
This past October Michael asked me to marry him (after getting approval from my parents and our dog 😉), and I said yes!!! Along with all the happiness and excitement comes a ton of work, insert second job: WEDDING PLANNING! Venue, wedding party, wedding party attire, photographer, florals, DJ, transportation, menu, cake…the list goes on. While it is a fun time, it is also time consuming. I have set aside hours each week for research and communicating with vendors. As you can imagine, it’s crunch time as tax busy season is looming. We are hoping to get the big items booked in the next couple of weeks so that I can take some time off from my second job, either that or Michael will have to cover my shifts.
We are optimistic that the pandemic will be under control and all this planning will not be in vain and our wedding will go on as scheduled this upcoming fall. Fingers crossed!