Steven Struck

Steven Struck

Steven Struck, CPA, MST, CSEP is a principal at Baker Holtz in Grand Rapids and carries the special distinction of being the only Mets fan currently living in the area. When he’s not busy signing autographs, his responsibilities at Baker Holtz include generating and implementing tax-saving ideas, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and tax planning for businesses and their owners. Outside of work, Steven serves on the finance committee at Legacy Christian School and is the treasurer at his home church, Brookside Christian Reformed. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Calvin College and a master of science in taxation from Grand Valley State University. Steven can be contacted at sstruck at bakerholtz dot com.


Stay compliant on charitable contributions

August 31, 2017
Back in the “old days” (about 10 years ago) the rules relating to deducting charitable contributions were fairly lax. I throw a few bucks into the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, the bell rings in acknowledgment and I make a mental note to take a deduction on my tax return next spring. No receipt provided, no written acknowledgment given, no problem! Read More

Mid-year tax planning

June 30, 2017
Sometimes in life, the only certainty is uncertainty — and that especially rings true this summer in the world of personal and business taxes. Read More

Estimated tax payments — a necessary evil: Part 2

March 30, 2017
Last month, we introduced the “evil” concept of estimated tax payments — what they are and who is required to make them. To review, if you don’t have enough tax paid in through your payroll withholdings, then it’s likely you will be required to make estimated tax payments. Read More

Estimated tax payments — a necessary evil

February 28, 2017
Quite often, I hear people complain (you know who you are) about having to pay quarterly estimates. This is especially true with taxpayers who are either self-employed or employed with multiple types of income, such as rents, flow-through income from S corporations or LLCs, interest, dividends or capital gains. Read More

A new year brings more tax changes

January 31, 2017
Unlike recent years, 2017 does not bring a multitude of changes in the tax law. Read More

Year-end tax planning tips

November 30, 2016
Welcome to December — the last month of the calendar year. If not already, your life is about to be consumed with shopping, holiday parties and family gatherings. There is another item to add to your list before the end of the year that’s not very glamorous but could reap significant rewards: year-end tax planning. Read More

Hot-button tax issues straight from Washington

July 14, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to attend a national real estate and partnership tax conference in Washington, D.C. Snoozefest, right? Read More

Estate planning 101

May 31, 2016
Our firm recently had the privilege of sponsoring an estate planning seminar at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The seminar consisted of a panel of three leading Grand Rapids estate planning attorneys discussing key components of estate planning and illustrating its importance with case studies. Read More

How can I generate extra cash flow to fund my retirement plan?

April 29, 2016
This is a question that we hear from our clients quite regularly. It’s great that we’re asked this question, because it implies that the person asking the question — at the very least — is thinking about saving for retirement and recognizes that every dollar coming in and going out counts. Read More

11th-hour tax tips for individuals

March 31, 2016
With the April 18 tax deadline fast approaching, it's essential to assess your tax situation and evaluate potential tax savings areas. The time has come and gone for traditional strategies to reduce tax: it’s too late to contribute to charity, to pay property taxes early or to purchase that computer for your business. Read More