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Vice President, Integrated Advice,
Wealth Enhancement Group
Brian Vnak is Vice President, Integrated Advice for the Wealth Enhancement Group, advising clients on income, gift, trust and estate tax issues. Mr. Vnak is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accountancy.
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The new tax law promises lower taxes for many, but ironically, up to about half of people could face a tax bill in 2019 due to a withholding problem.
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