APizza and Taxes?

APizza and Taxes?

Happy National 🍕 Pizza Day!!

Growing up in New York, I enjoyed the best pizza and very often. Some folks believe it is the N.Y. water; some say it is the oven or chef’s technique. I say it is a combination of all of the above. Let us not forget the excellent quality olive oil drizzled on top and the delicious thin crust that enables you to fold the slice. None of this fork and knife stuff for this girl!

I love great pizza, and finding this delight in Florida is no easy task. Unfortunately, I spent considerable money, often a huge waste of calories, and had subpar pizzas. While visiting Wooster Street in New Haven, I was introduced to the traditional New Haven-style pizza cooked in coal ovens. For the uninformed, New Haven-style “apizza” has a slightly charred, thin-crusted oblong pie. To die for!!!

APizza and Taxes?

*New Haven-style pizza dough relies on a longer fermentation than that of its quick-rise New York style pizza neighbor. Allowing the dough to proof more slowly over the course of overnight refrigeration, in combination with letting the dough come to room temperature before shaping and baking, allows for a much more nuanced flavor and chewy crust.

There are two restaurants across the street from each other, Sally’s Apizza and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Having sampled both pies, I determined that I liked Pepe’s better. Especially the white clam pizza. So that you know… I’m drooling!!

*Any New Haven pizza parlor worthy of its zip code makes a decent white clam pie. They should, after all: Pepe’s invented it, and New Haven is a stone’s throw to Long Island Sound. A combination of clams, with grated aged cheese and garlic atop a thin crust, is at the top of its game when paired with their smoky bacon.

APizza and Taxes- Image of Fantini pizza

In 2019, Fantini’s “New Haven Style” Apizza opened up in Stuart. (https://fantinisapizza.com)

Yes, this is a shameless promotion for the best pizza restaurant. When I discovered that the owner, Jimmy Fantin, was trained at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, I knew it would become my fav pizza restaurant.

I spent some time chatting with him while I waited for my order the first time I went in. He shared his story and training with me. What a lovely man he is!

The pizza did not disappoint!

What better way to celebrate National Pizza Day than with a clam pizza at Fantini’s?

Jeff and Fantini pizza

Jeff discovered our dinner plans when I asked him to pick up apizza at 6:15, LOL! 🤣😁

APizza and Taxes?

Let’s talk about the mastery of pizza making and the tax expertise of an Enrolled Agent.

What goes into making an exceptional ‘apizza’?

Jimmy Fantin, who has been making pizza since he was 15, said, “If you open a pizzeria and put an “A” in front of pizza, you better have a lineage, a provenance, and it better be authentic.”  He is undoubtedly a master “pie man!”

Jeffrey Schneider is Enrolled Agent (EA) and Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS), as well as an Advanced Crypto Tax Expert (ACT E). All of which require continuing education.

What is a credentialed IRS Enrolled Agent?

“America’s Tax Experts” – “Enrolled” means licensure to practice by the federal government. “Agent” means authorized to appear in the place of the taxpayer at the IRS.

The E.A. profession dates back to 1884. After presentations of questionable claims for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Just like a master pizza maker who hones his craft daily, Jeff teaches other tax pros and takes well over 100CE hours every year. I am always astounded at how he remembers all current tax laws and regulations changes. 🤔

Can your tax person say the same thing?

What can an EA do for you?

IRS Enrolled Agents advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and entities with tax-reporting requirements.

Enrolled agents’ expertise in the continually changing field of taxation enables them to represent taxpayers effectively at all administrative levels within the IRS.

Above all, only enrolled agents, attorneys, and CPAs have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

E.A.s must abide by the provisions of the Department of Treasury’s Circular 230. Thus, Circular 230 provides regulations governing the practice of enrolled agents before the IRS.

APizza and Taxes?

Ali ”apizza aficionado” Schneider
Director of Marketing


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