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Subtracting the truth from tax deductions

Since we are currently in the midst of tax season, just for fun I thought I’d share some of the more creative deductions taxpayers have attempted to get away with. Warning: Do not try this at home.


Business Noteworthies

WomenSV leader among Women of Influence

Silicon Valley Business Journal is slated to honor Los Altos entrepreneur and women’s advocate Ruth Patrick May 5 as one of its 2016 Women of Influence.

Patrick leads Women-of-Means Escape Network – Silicon Valley. WomenSV seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence by helping women find a path to safety for themselves and their children.

Transactions

Los Altos

272 Covington Road, Field Trust to Wang Trust for $4,950,000

1520 Todd Street, Lopez Trust to J. Yiin for $1,910,000

Shopping local may score new buzzworthy benefits for buyers


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos businesses are invited to use the customer-incentivizing app Buzzub as part of a proposed citywide loyalty program.

Los Altos business leaders are exploring the option of incentivizing what many residents already do – shop local.

Using the mobile app Buzzub, customers would earn cash-back rewards and coupons that could be used at any store in a new citywide loyalty network. Buzzub provides the tools to administer the program, and merchants maintain the ability to individually tailor their rewards and coupon offerings.

Veteran agents point out the shortcomings of tech-reliant housing transactions

In most cases, technology makes lives easier. If there is a downside, it’s in the area of customer service. Purchasing a toaster on Amazon is one thing, buying a home is another altogether.

“I think some listing agents are going with electronic submission because it simplifies their lives, often at the expense of doing the absolute best job for their clients,” said realtor John Barman, quoted in Alain Pinel Realtors’ fall 2015 publication for Midpeninsula residents. “Listening to and evaluating multiple offers takes a lot of time, but this personal touch often results in a better sales price and contract terms that closely match our sellers’ needs.”


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