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Staff Spotlight: Phil Church

On this month’s Baker Holtz Staff Spotlight we are happy to introduce Accounting Supervisor, Phil Church. Phil has been with us since 2018, but he wasn’t always the Accounting wiz we know him to be today! One thing most people don’t know about Phil is that he played guitar in a heavy metal band...

in high school; describing himself as a true metal-head back then. While he still enjoys to rock out on his guitar, he prefers the acoustic now. However, while growing up Phil had the hopes to be an architect or a doctor. This passion stemmed from his interest in building things and presenting a finished product; enjoying... [read more]

GRBJ HIGHLIGHT: Estimated Tax Payments — a Necessary Evil

Steve Struck is back at it! Steve has written yet another article for the Grand Rapid’s Business Journal, and this time it is a two part series! Steve touches on the how, what and who of the necessary and complicated evil of estimated tax payments. “Quite often, I hear people complain (you know who...

you are) about having to pay quarterly estimates. This is especially true with taxpayers who are either self-employed or employed with multiple types of income, such as rents, flow-through income from S corporations or LLCs, interest, dividends or capital gains. What’s all the fuss about estimated tax payments? Why are individuals required to pay them? How... [read more]


2017 Baker Holtz Annual Charity Golf Outing Recap

AUGUST 24TH, 2017 As most of you may know, Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids does their share in giving back to the community by providing free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey, or those grieving the death of a loved one. Gilda’s club has a special program...

called Camp Sparkle, which provides support to children and teens impacted by cancer or grief and allows them the chance to connect with others. With all of that being said, it was a no brainer to benefit Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids at our 4th annual Baker Holtz charity golf outing. This year we had an amazing turn out, with... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Stay Compliant on Charitable Contributions

September is here! Which means a new article is ready for us at the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Our own Steve Struck wrote this month all about the rules and requirements on claiming charitable contributions on your tax returns. “Back in the “old days” (about 10 years ago) the rules relating to deducting charitable...

contributions were fairly lax. I throw a few bucks into the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, the bell rings in acknowledgment and I make a mental note to take a deduction on my tax return next spring. No receipt provided, no written acknowledgment given, no problem! Alas, that era has ended and recordkeeping has become more stringent. No... [read more]


GRBJ Highlight: Banking & Finance

Sometimes in life, the only certainty is uncertainty — and that especially rings true this summer in the world of personal and business taxes. While it is dangerous and somewhat impossible to plan for 2018, we still have six months to tax plan for the remainder of 2017. Current tax law may still change...

between now and year-end, but at this point, it’s anyone’s guess. The following are a few tax planning ideas from personal and business perspectives that we want you to consider implementing before the end of 2017. … Interested in reading more? Go to the Grand Rapids Business Journal website


2017 Charity Golf Outing Registration is OPEN

We hope you can join us this year on August 24, 2017. We are excited to partner with Camp Sparkle and Gilda’s Club. Golf Outing Registration Form 2017

GRBJ Highlight: Do you know where your personal assets will go when you’re gone?

Our team at Baker Holtz is honored to frequently contribute to the Grand Rapids Business Journal Blog. This month team member Melissa Seguin wrote on the necessity of proper estate planning. She asks the question, “Do you know where your personal assets will go when you’re gone?” and gives suggestions for the planning process....

If you don’t know, chances are someone else will make that decision for you. Planning for events that will take place after your death may seem futile, since you won’t be here. But when you work tirelessly over the course of your life creating wealth for you and your family, it only makes sense that you... [read more]

Holiday Give

Our Second Annual Holiday Give Program, a benefit for Ele’s Place in Grand Rapids is right around the corner. Ele’s Place is a local non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. For those who want to participate in our Holiday Give program, your part is as...

simple as buying and donating a pack of light bulbs or a few boxes of snacks. A list of donations needed as well as drop off locations can be found below. Collections will start November 18th and continue through the holiday season and wrap up on December 31st when we, at Baker Holtz, and our co-sponsors... [read more]


Discover Your Local Treasure

Baker Holtz is honored to be a featured, local business on Local First’s Discover Your Local Treasure website and campaign. Many thanks to the Grand Rapids community and Local First for recognizing our dedication to the Grand Rapids area. We love serving you. Check out our video feature below and our write-up on Local...

First’s Website.


GRBJ Highlight: Michigan’s personal property tax reform –It’s not as easy as it sounds

Our team at Baker Holtz regularly contributes to the Grand Rapids Business Journal Blog. This month, Steven Struck wrote on and summarized the pros and cons of PPT (personal property tax) reform.    On Aug. 5, Michigan voters elected to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax, or PPT. What does this mean for Michigan businesses?...

First, know that the repeal is complicated and that PPT is not completely going away anytime soon… Read the rest of the article on the Grand Rapids Business Journal Website.  

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