Mark W. Zion is President and owner of Zion & Company, Inc. The firm was established in 1973 by his father Hugh W. Zion. The business counseling aspect of the practice provides business and financial management advice through financial statement analysis, with emphasis placed on developing tax planning strategies for clients to minimize income and estate taxes while maximizing a client's net worth. Mark's credentials as an Enrolled Agent have granted him the right to practice before the Internal Revenue Service at all administrative levels. In addition, Mark is an Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) and an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation. In 2006, Mark received his CFP designation. The CFP® is a globally recognized standard established in the industry emphasizing a comprehensive approach to financial planning. Comprehensive financial planning encompasses all the personal and financial situations of clients, including, but not limited to, personal finances, investments, taxation, insurance, estate and retirement planning. Mark is one of two founding partners of Paragon Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hunting, entertaining, and serving on the board of the Harvest Hope Food Bank here in Columbia SC.
The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.
Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.
Unfortunately, cyber scammers never take a vacation. In fact, the IRS has issued a warning of a surge in fraudulent emails that bait potential phishing victims with fake tax transcripts. Links within these emails lead recipients to documents containing the well-known malware, Emotet.