Stories written by Lisa Thon-Kollar

Lisa Thon-Kollar is a certified public accountant and tax manager at Dalby, Wendland & Co., a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Junction. Thon-Kollar is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has experience in tax planning and preparing federal and state income tax returns for individuals, businesses, trusts and estates. For more information about Dalby, Wendland & Co., call 243-1921 or log on to

Rental real estate deductions tricky

Owning commercial or residential rental real estate constitutes a common investment for many Americans. Most rental properties produce net positive cash flow. Even with a net positive cash flow, however, a loss can occur. And in some cases, this loss can’t be deducted in calculating income tax liability. In general, rental activity falls into the […]

Credits partly offset higher costs of higher education

Higher education costs are rising fast. But you could be able to turn part of the expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse or dependents into tax savings. You can do this by claiming the American Opportunity tax credit or Lifetime Learning credit for tuition and related expenses. The maximum American Opportunity tax credit you […]


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