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Section 199A Rental Property Trade or Business Definition

Section 199A potentially gives real estate investors a deduction equal to 20% of their rental income. Some real estate investor with, say, $100,000 of rental income might get a $20,000 Section 199A rental property deduction. But a catch exists. An investor’s real estate activity must generally rise to the level of a trade or business. […]

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Remote Work: What it Means To Work Remotely (And How It Makes You Happier)

Remote work. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot lately. And, it’s something you might be interested in. You may have even heard that it can lead to greater happiness. Spoiler alert: It’s true!  But before we get into the happiness factor of telecommuting, let’s look at what remote work really is.  What […]

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The Retirement Saving Section 199A Deduction Connection

Someone recently asked me a really good Section 199A question: Does a pension fund contribution such as to a SEP-IRA or 401(k) plan lower one’s qualified business income deduction. The qualified business income deduction, also known as the Section 199A deduction, gives business owners and some real estate investors an extra bonus deduction equal to potentially […]

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How I Make Money From Home (And How You Can Too)

Whenever I’m introduced to someone new, I inevitably get asked what I do for a living.  My usual straight-to-the-point response is, “I’m a full-time blogger.”  And that answer is almost always met with raised eyebrows, confused looks, and A LOT of questions like:  “Wait. What?”  “What do you mean you’re a full-time blogger?”  “How do […]

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Sec. 965 Transition Tax, IRS Pub 5292 and the Great Goat Rodeo

Most of the time, this blog addresses subjects of general interest to most small business owners. But this week, I want to talk about the Sec. 965 Transition Tax and about how tax accountants can use the IRS Pub 5292 worksheets to develop the information taxpayers need to report on their 2017 tax return. We […]

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Work From Home Productivity Tips To Help You Get (And Stay) Motivated

Work From Home Motivation Tips What’s appealing about most work from home opportunities (setting your hours, lack of office politics, working in PJs) can also be total motivation zappers. The lure of the couch, binge-watching TV series on Netflix or an afternoon trip to Barnes & Noble can sometimes seem infinitely more appealing than just […]

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Washington Small Business Payroll Setup Tips

You know your business needs to hire employees, and you’re already on board with using a full-service payroll provider such as Gusto, Intuit Full-Service Payroll, ADP, or Paychex. Your accountant said it would be “easy” and that the payroll service would “take care of everything for you.” But now you’re looking at the software setup […]

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