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Nov 05 2014

Introduction to Tax Topics with Don Deans, CPA, PFS

I will be writing articles for The DI Wire on Tax Issues. These articles will appear on a semi-regular basis. As a CPA and former Deloitte partner, my passion has always been to help people become more successful, and accordingly, give them ideas to help their clients.

Those who know me know I am either a frustrated actor, or educator, or both. In my world, I find the most rewarding way to help people is to minimize their tax burdens. I am a Geek who spends hours scanning the “net” and the tax code to find legal ways for my clients to defer or avoid taxes.

Since I do not have a patent on this process, I would enjoy participation from each of you. Let me know what is working for you all, or what ideas you might like for me to research. I have no pride of authorship and will gladly share all ideas accordingly. Let’s make this as interactive as possible!

Even though we are The DI Wire, I will go beyond a focus on tax aspects of certain alternatives. I will also address other areas that may affect you and your clients. Examples of this will be discussions of the recently issued regulations on Longevity Annuities and the changes dealing with deferred Annuities as investments in 401(k) plans.

My goal is not to make these articles academic treatises, but rather to deliver clear, concise, and thought-provoking ideas. Hopefully you can all recognize a client that can benefit from these ideas. I hope I can capture your attention and find ideas that will benefit your clients. If that happens, we at The DI Wire will feel that we have been successful.

In the coming months, I will teach on tax planning ideas for Fiscal 2014, keep an eye and ear open on Washington, and address issues that affect us ALL!

A lot can be accomplished before 12/31/14!!!

Article by: Don Deans, CPA, PFS

Don is the Managing Director for Deans Consulting. He has supported individual and corporate clients as a CPA for more than 40 years and as a registered representative for 18 years. Don’s career began at Haskin & Sells in 1974 and was a partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells from 1985-1990 before joining the financial services sector in 1996. He holds FINRA licenses 6, 7, 63, 65 and 24. Don is a nationally published author, speaker, and a thought leader in the accounting and finance communities. His guidance has been sought out by the Journal of Accountancy, Hartford Business Journal, and statewide CPA magazines in Connecticut, Georgia and North Carolina. Don is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), NC Association of CPAs (NCACPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA). He has his BSIR and MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Contact Don at

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