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Non-compete bill would stifle business in Wisconsin

State Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) recently authored legislation that would significantly change employer-employee non-compete agreements.

Shrinking accounting industry limits options

In a late 2013 Milwaukee Biz Blog, economist Kay Plantes questioned whether consolidation in the professional services sector has been a good thing.

A better tax plan for Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker recently floated the idea of eliminating the income tax in the State of Wisconsin. It would be a bold move and one that comes as a bit of a surprise given that the last budget still leaves Wisconsin’s highest income tax rate higher than it was during most of the Doyle administration.

Debunk the myths about Kooyenga tax plan

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) recently unveiled his plan to overhaul the tax system in the State of Wisconsin. This will no doubt generate a lot of debate between the talking heads on both the left and the right, and somewhere in that process we’ll lose sight of what’s actually in the plan.

Tax time is not just about the refund

We are entering that time during tax season where we counsel the micro-corporations or individuals that usually just see us at tax time. For clients like these we are more of a service provider than a business consultant. With them, our success is measured by the size of their refund. If they get one, it's a job well done and attributable to our tax skills. If not, there must be something else that can be done.

Reform Wisconsin’s tax code

There’s been a lot of talk about reforming the Federal Tax Code in the Fiscal Cliff and Sequester debates and now it appears that Wisconsin may be getting in on the act. Gov. Walker’s budget included a very modest reduction in the Wisconsin income tax rates and it appears that the legislature wants to go further.

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