New York knows how to kick people when they're down
There's nothing new about the bagel tax in New York, except that nobody has been enforcing it for ages. Now that times are tough, New York State, facing a budget deficit of over $9 billion, has decided to hit people where it hurts - by enforcing a tax on sliced bagels. "Sliced" is key - if you can find a way to stuff your bagel with the requisite lox and cream cheese and onion and tomato (my mouth is watering as I write), without actually slicing the bagel in half, and then scurry out of the store and eat said stuffed bagel on the sidewalk (because the tax applies to any bagel, sliced or otherwise, that is consumed on the premises from which it was purchased), then maybe you can circumvent the tax, but good luck with that.
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.