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Facing the Facts: How to Interpret Facial Expressions at Work

Marcus Dillon

May 15, 2018

You may be completely proficient at decoding emojis on social media and in text messages, but for many of us, figuring out what other people’s facial expressions mean can be quite a challenge. Here’s a quick rundown of how to interpret different facial stances based on research from people-communicating.com:

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Summer is Just Around the Corner— And So Are Potential Childcare Tax Credits

Marcus Dillon

May 1, 2018

Summer will be here before you know it! If you are a working parent with school-aged children, you know that it can also mean pretty steep bills for childcare and summer camp. However, you may be able to soften the hit to your family’s budget if these services qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

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Employee Recognition – A Great Way to Motivate Your Staff!

Marcus Dillon

April 18, 2018

Quite often we can get so wrapped up in checking projects off the company’s to-do list that we forget to recognize the labor that went into each accomplishment. Acknowledging milestones provides opportunity to show appreciation to the employees who helped you achieve them...

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Receiving a Tax Refund? Spend It Wisely With These Tips!

Marcus Dillon

April 2, 2018

Are you expecting a tax refund? If so, don’t treat your tax refund as ‘bonus’ cash. Rather look at it as simply a return of taxes paid beyond your actual obligation. This will help you think about using this money purposefully. Here are some ideas to try:

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Spring Cleaning Time is Here! An Easy 3-Step Checklist for Cleaning Your Office

Marcus Dillon

March 19, 2018

The spring season is here! In addition to taxes, many of us want to take care of some overlooked cleaning tasks. Procrastination often creeps in when it comes to cleaning—especially our offices. It can feel overwhelming and somewhat unproductive to spend time decluttering and cleaning your workspace, but once complete, most people feel a sense of relief and calm. Use this handy checklist...

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Disappearing Tax Deductions! Don’t Miss Them on Your 2017 Tax Return

Marcus Dillon

March 5, 2018

Have you filed your 2017 taxes yet? If not, you still have the opportunity to make sure that you lower your tax obligation as much as possible. With new tax laws in effect for 2018 and beyond, the following deductions will disappear after this tax season—check them out to see which ones may help you lower your taxable income...

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Tips to Boost Client Appreciation Efforts… Even When Time is Tight

Marcus Dillon

February 15, 2018

When you are super busy running a business, it can be easy to let customer appreciation slide to the bottom of your long to-do list. The problem is, if you don’t show your customers love on a regular basis, they’re going to feel neglected, which can put their continued loyalty at risk.

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Considering Hiring a Cybersecurity Professional? Here’s What to Look For.

Marcus Dillon

February 1, 2018

With the occurrence of cybercrimes affecting businesses increasing daily, many companies are looking for outside expertise to help them mitigate their risks. If your company has never engaged a cybersecurity professional before, you may be unsure of what to look for. The IRS suggests businesses use the following four steps when evaluating and selecting a cybersecurity...

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Need Help Trying to Make New Habits Stick? Try These Simple Tips…

Marcus Dillon

January 16, 2018

Even if you are not a New Year’s resolution maker, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll want to adopt healthier or more productive habits. When you do want to make a change for the better, consider trying the following tips from lifehack.org to increase your chances of making your new good habits stick:

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Quick Tips to Help You Tackle Your Taxes with Ease

Marcus Dillon

January 3, 2018

Tax season is approaching quickly. It’s just a few weeks until the IRS officially starts accepting returns, which means now is the perfect time to use the tips below to help you net some last-minute tax-savings and tackle tax season with ease.

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Tax Reform Law

Marcus Dillon

December 21, 2017

Dear Client:

Congress is enacting the biggest tax reform law in thirty years, one that will make fundamental changes in the way you, your family and your business calculate your federal income tax bill, and the amount of federal tax you will pay. Since most of the changes will go into effect next year, there's still a narrow window of time before year-end to soften or avoid the impact of crackdowns and to best position yourself for the tax breaks that may be heading your way. Here's a quick rundown of last-minute moves you should think about making.

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Tips to Help You Truly Enjoy the Most Wonderful—and Overwhelming—Time of the Year

Marcus Dillon

December 18, 2017

It’s amazing how much festive fun can be packed into a few weeks. While the holidays truly can be wonderful, they can also feel overwhelming with too much to do and too many temptations that derail us from enjoying what is truly important. To help you make your holidays feel more fulfilling and less frantic, try these suggestions...

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Tax Reform Update: A Snapshot of Key Proposals in the GOP Bill

Marcus Dillon

December 4, 2017

On November 16, the House passed a new tax reform bill that moves the GOP closer to bringing the legislation to fruition. Now the Senate is preparing its own tax reform package. If passed, it must be reconciled with the House before any final legislation goes to the White House. Here is a snapshot of some of the key changes proposed in the tax reform bill:

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Tips to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Spread

Marcus Dillon

November 14, 2017

With just days to go before Thanksgiving, the clock is ticking down to some of the most memorable meals of the year. However, for many of us, the pressure of preparing a perfect Thanksgiving feast can be overwhelming. If this is true for you, consider these tips to simplify your seasonal spread.

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Plan Now and Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Savings

Marcus Dillon

November 1, 2017

The end of the year is often hectic, which is why it’s important to take some time now to reduce your tax bill. Our firm can offer additional strategies to further mitigate your tax burden; however, the following 5 tips are an excellent starting point:

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Simplify Seasonal Staffing with these Smart Strategies

Marcus Dillon

October 16, 2017

Whether your business needs temporary workers to get through the holiday season or you hire short-term help on a regular basis, the process of finding the right candidates can be challenging. Try applying these strategies to make seasonal staffing easier:

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5 Tips to Reset Your Stress Response

Marcus Dillon

October 2, 2017

Because stress related to work, family issues and other events is something that affects many of us, it’s important to reset your own stress response to protect your health and productivity. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist, offers these tips:

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Proposed Tax Reform Plan: What Could It Mean for You?

Marcus Dillon

September 29, 2017

Tax reform, one of President Trump’s key legislative agenda items, is moving closer to fruition. Based on the outline of his proposed tax reform package, which he unveiled on September 27, 2017, we’ve compiled this brief overview of the President’s major tax proposals:

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Impacted by the Equifax Hack? Take These Steps Now!

Marcus Dillon

September 14, 2017

If you were a victim of the recently announced Equifax hack, you need to take action to mitigate any negative impact it may have on your finances and credit. If you’re not sure if you were affected, you can use Equifax’s Potential Impact tool to find out. You will need to input your last name and the last six digits of your social security number to use this tool.

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Next Staff Retreat

Marcus Dillon

August 30, 2017

Staff retreats can offer companies a lot of value. They can also be expensive and, unless managed effectively, not particularly productive. Before you plan your next (or first) staff retreat, review the following key factors to help you make the most of...

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Free Money-Saving Apps for Every College Student

Marcus Dillon

August 15, 2017

There likely aren’t many college students who don’t have a smart phone loaded with helpful apps. However, it is unlikely that any of these apps are dedicated to helping them build their financial fortitude. This is why we created our list below—chock-full of apps designed to make it easier for college students of any age to save money.

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Expert Advice to Keep Your Internet-Enabled Devices Safe from Cyber Criminals

Marcus Dillon

August 1, 2017

Did you know that your webcam and even your home or office internet router can be the gateway through which cyber criminals gain access to your most sensitive data? If not, don’t panic—we have helpful tips below from the experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that you head off this type of malicious action.

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Be Alert and Aware: Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

Marcus Dillon

July 13, 2017

The IRS has identified several new variations of standard tax scams involving fake tax bills and demands for payments. Many of these scams involve purchasing and transferring information using a gift card or iTunes card. Other scams to be aware of include:

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EXCITING NEWS AT DILLON CPAS, PLLC

Dillon CPAs, PLLC is excited to announce the addition of Tom Petrosewicz and his staff to the Dillon CPAs team! This addition will strengthen our dynamic team of trusted advisors, who provide excellent, reliable, and responsive accounting, tax, and financial services. Tom

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Marcus Dillon earns CPA/PFS credential!

Marcus Dillon, the founder of Dillon CPAs, PLLC has been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, joining an elite group of...

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Brenna Smidt earns CPA designation!

Brenna Smidt

We are proud to announce that our own Brenna Smidt has met all requirements and is officially recognized as a Certified Public Accountant . Brenna recently earned her CPA designation from the Texas...

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Dillon CPAs, PLLC successfully completes peer review

Marcus Dillon, CPA

December 8, 2015

Dillon CPAs, PLLC is pleased to announce the successful completion of independent peer review of their accounting and auditing practices. The purpose of a peer review is to provide outside verification that a CPA firm is in compliance with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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Who are we?

Marcus Dillon, CPA

November 10, 2015

It is a simple question that every person, business, and organization has probably asked at one point. Months before the rebranding that we just completed at Dillon CPAs, PLLC, it seemed I was asking this question daily. It turns out I did not like the answer that usually came to mind as we were just like most other CPA firms in West Houston and Katy. We focused on after the fact results and...

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Rebranding!

Marcus Dillon, CPA

November 4, 2015

As I sit here and begin typing all of this out about the rebranding effort that we have undergone over the past few months, I am reminded of my original thoughts that a “simple name change” would be an easy undertaking that we could knock out in no time. Man was I wrong! What started out as a “simple name change” turned into months of evaluating our firm of St. Jean,...

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Our New Website

Marcus Dillon

August 27, 2015

Dillon CPAs, PLLC is excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new website. We’ve been working very hard to enhance our website and give our firm a fresh look. We’ve also continued to research and identify the latest and greatest technologies to improve the services we provide and ensure we continue to meet your needs.

Take a moment to look around our new...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC hires Brenna Smidt

Marcus Dillon

November 17, 2014

We at St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC are excited to announce the hiring of Brenna Smidt! Brenna recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Masters in Accounting and is currently sitting for the CPA exam. Brenna worked for Walker and Co. in Huntsville during college and her variety of accounting and tax knowledge will immediately increase the level of service we are...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC hires Mollie Williams

Marcus Dillon

February 3, 2014

We at St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC are excited to announce the hiring of Mollie Williams in our Katy/West Houston office! Mollie started her career with Aberdare Business Solutions before accepting a tax consultant position with Ryan, LLC. Mollie's variety of accounting and tax knowledge will immediately increase the level of service we are able to provide to our clients. Please...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC opens new Katy office

Marcus Dillon

July 1, 2013

St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC is excited to move in to the new Katy office located at 468 Park Grove. The new office will allow the firm to grow while continuing to focus on customer service. St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC will have a ribbon cutting and client reception at the new office on August 29, 2013 from 4-7 pm. Please feel free to stop by anytime and visit with the...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC successfully completes peer review

Marcus Dillon

January 28, 2013

St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC is pleased to announce the successful completion of independent peer review of their accounting and auditing practices. The purpose of a peer review is to provide outside verification that a CPA firm is in compliance with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The peer review...

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Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Marcus Dillon

January 3, 2013

Dear clients and friends,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends and that this new year brings you joy and prosperity. As you probably know, the Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, new income tax legislation formally known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This legislation was passed in order to avert the...

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Estimated tax payments, and penalties, and interest...oh my!

Marcus Dillon

January 5, 2012

Okay, so maybe the title is a stretch but estimated tax payments and the IRS are a serious topic. Estimated tax is the method used to pay tax on income that is not subject to withholding. This includes income from self-employment, interest, dividends, alimony, rent, gains from the sale of assets, prizes and awards. You also may have to pay estimated tax if the amount of income tax being...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC hires Felichia Laws, CPA

Marcus Dillon

November 14, 2011

We at St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC are excited to announce the hiring of Felichia Laws, CPA in our Katy/West Houston office! Felichia started her career with Ernst & Young, LLP before accepting a management position with John T. Jones, & Company, PLLC. Felichia most recently worked as the Financial Reporting Manager at Texas Sterling Construction Co. Felichia's variety of...

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St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC opens a new location in Bellville, Texas

Marcus Dillon

November 4, 2011

We at St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC are proud to announce our additional office in Bellville, Texas! The Bellville office will allow us to better serve our Austin, Colorado and Washington County clients. The office is located at 5 East Main on the historic Austin County Square. We are also excited to announce the addition of Matt Lewis, CPA to the St. Jean, Dillon & Associates...

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Love letters...from the IRS.

Marcus Dillon

November 1, 2011

Recently the IRS has been sending out their fair share of "love letters" to a variety of different taxpayers. If you happen to receive such a letter, I want to give you some basic tips that might help you in responding properly.

1. Breathe - These letters are never any fun to receive and they can stress you out before you even open the envelope. The first thing I recommend you do is...

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Ready. Set. Go! Wait...

Marcus Dillon

August 30, 2011

Well let me start off by saying I never thought that I would be a blogger and I don't really know what I am doing. So if you have ever blogged before or if you are a blog connoisseur, you might want to move on to the next site. But if you want to gain some insight into the wonderful world of accounting and tax or get a glimpse into what I think about a subject, buckle up.

Over the...

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Robert U. St. Jean, CPA and Marcus Dillon, CPA form St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC

Marcus Dillon

June 30, 2011

Robert U. St. Jean, CPA and Marcus Dillon, CPA are proud to announce the creation of St. Jean, Dillon & Associates, PLLC. This full service CPA firm is the result of merging Robert U. St. Jean CPA, PC and Marcus Dillon CPA, PC in an effort to better serve our clients. The firm will be located at 20501 Katy Freeway, Suite 117 in Katy, Texas. Robert and Marcus are very excited about the...

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