An Ohio CPA can thank his inability to properly separate his accounting business from his financial planning business for a win in U.S. Tax Court that saved him thousands in additional tax."It was an uphill battle against overwhelming odds, but victory always makes it worthwhile," said Ron Lykins, a metropolitan Columbus, Ohio, CPA.

Through his C corporation, Lykins provided accounting services, focusing mainly on tax preparation and advice, and financial services, mainly commission-based sales of securities and investment advice.

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