Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Giving Thanks!

There is so much we are to be thankful for as we reflect on this Holiday season.  We hope everyone enjoys a fantastic Thanksgiving with their closest friends and family!

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Proud to sponsor the GEAC Conference!

M&J was excited to be a Presenting Sponsor of this years GEAC (GA Education Advancement Council) Conference at Brasstown Valley Resort in the beautiful north Georgia mountains. Thank you so much to all who stopped by our booth!

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Friday, November 20th, 2015

M&J Helps Teach Financial Literacy to Middle Schoolers

On Thursday, November 19, students all over Georgia were learning about the importance of financial literacy thanks to the GSCPA member volunteers.  Mauldin & Jenkins had two volunteers, Nick Ryder who gave a 4 presentations on how to build a budget to a total of 400 8th graders at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA, and Tim Lyons who spoke at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, GA.   The main goal for these presentations is to get students prepared for work and the expenses they may face while in high school.


Tim Lyons at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, GA


Tim Lyons at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, GA


Nick Ryder at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA.


Nick Ryder at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA.


Nick Ryder at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

M&J’s Ken Thomas Featured in Biz 941

Bradenton Partner Ken Thomas is featured in the November/December issue of Biz 941 Magazine. Check out the “Tax Tips for 2016” section (pages 79 to 81 in particular) to see the expert advice Ken provides Biz 941 readers.



Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Happy Veterans Day

Today, we honor all the men and women who have selflessly served our country.  We particularly want to remember one of Mauldin & Jenkins’ great founders, Charles Jenkins, who entered the Army to fight during World War II.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men (and women) stand ready to do violence on their behalf. – George Orwell

Charlie Jenkins

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Uncertainty over expired tax breaks once again complicates year-end tax planning

Year-end tax planning this year will be just as complicated as it was last year because of uncertainty surrounding many expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses. Tax legislation signed into law last December extended several expired breaks, but only through the end of 2014.

While Congress mulls legislation to extend (or even make permanent) some expired tax provisions, it’s difficult to predict what will be included in the final bill. Fortunately, although there are some year-end tax planning strategies that can’t be implemented until after tax legislation is signed into law, there are still many that can be implemented now.

Take advantage of planning strategies for individuals

Individuals often can reduce their tax bills by deferring income to the next year and accelerating deductible expenses into the current year. To defer income, for example, you might ask your employer to pay your year-end bonus in early 2016 rather than in 2015.

And to accelerate deductions, you might pay certain property taxes early or increase your IRA or qualified retirement plan contributions to the extent that they’ll be deductible. Such contributions also provide some planning flexibility because you can make 2015 contributions to IRAs, and certain other retirement plans, after the end of the year.

Remember that, when you use a credit card to pay expenses or make charitable contributions this year, you can deduct them on your 2015 return even if you don’t pay your bill until next year.

Other year-end tax planning strategies to consider include:

Offsetting capital gains. If you’ve sold stocks or other investments at a gain this year — or plan to do so — consider offsetting those gains by selling some poorly performing investments at a loss.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

M&J Atlanta Collects Food and Donations for MUST Ministries

Over the past few weeks, our Atlanta office has been collecting canned and nonperishable food items to donate to the MUST Ministries holiday food collection. Counting food and checks, we have the equivalent of over 3 tons of food donated to this very worthy organization.  Howard Cox, MUST Ministries’ Development Officer, was present to accept the food and monetary donations.   We are so appreciative for the generosity of our employees and know there will be families in need who are grateful to receive these donations.



Monday, November 9th, 2015

Annandale Village Extra Mile 5K

The Atlanta office participated in the Annandale Village Extra Mile 5K on November 7th. Annandale Village is a wonderful facility dedicated to providing assistance to adults with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries so that they can maximize their abilities and maintain their independence. Annandale Village is not only one of our clients, but also holds a special place in Jeff Fucito’s heart, because this is where his brother lived. We had a wonderful turn out and the M&J team raised $2,165. Thank you to everyone who participated and also donated!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Birmingham Staff Support Salvation Army

The Birmingham office held a food drive where they collected canned & non-perishable food items, along with toiletries for the Birmingham Salvation Army. They didn’t stop there… staff hand delivered the donations and toured the Salvation Army facility on October 16th to see how they can continue to help the organization in the future.

Office Manager Kathy Cochran and Director Lacey Heath served lunch on October 23rd.

Great work Birmingham!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

The Bradenton Office Enjoys Halloween Festivities

The Bradenton team kicked off Halloween on Friday October 30th with cookies and Frankenstein pull-a-part brownies. A few of us even got creative with a costume!  Everyone had a great time.

Halloween Group

From L to R: Dianne Kopczynski (Minnie Mouse), Patty Strait (Minnie Mouse), Carolyn Kappenmacher (a shadow), Julie Poole (football fan), Daniel Anderson (Austin Powers), Holly Bryant (Michaelangelo ninja turtle)