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How the IRS Destroyed the Section 199A Deduction for Small Business S Corporations and Partnerships

I’ve got some bad news, unfortunately. The IRS may have destroyed or dramatically reduced your Section 199A deduction. At least if you’re a typical small business owner. But let’s review the Section 199A deduction’s calculations. And then I can walk you through the nonsensical logic the IRS used to eliminate or dramatically reduce the Section […]

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Small Business Succession Planning Secrets

I spent last weekend in eastern Montana with a handful of third and fourth generation farmers and ranchers, relatives of my wife. Truly beautiful country. Awesome. At one point, I stood on bluff overlooking the land that Sitting Bull and his followers traveled through after the Battle of Little Big Horn. At the foot of […]

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The Hidden Magic of Arithmetic Growth

Many investors know about geometric growth, which is what compound interest is. Investors, for example, know that if you earn an annual 5 percent return on some investment, over time the investment grows large. Every retirement savings plan employs geometric growth. But small business owners want to know about another sort of growth, arithmetic growth. […]

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Are Houses Investments?

I got into a friendly argument with another financial writer recently. I said houses count as investments. He said houses didn’t count. We chatted about this a bit. And after discussing, we agreed to disagree. You don’t care about that, of course. Except I think our points of disagreement suggest actionable insights for people buying […]

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Maximize Depreciation Deductions under the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 created new depreciation rules. And both business owners and real estate investors want to learn the new rules in order to maximize depreciation deductions. In the paragraphs that follow, accordingly, I briefly describe the three big depreciation changes in the new law. A Little Background But […]

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A Dozen Reasons for Direct Real Estate Investment

Okay, I am not a direct real estate investment fanatic. Absolutely not. Further, I get that direct real estate investment burdens investors with some problems. Illiquidity for one. A lack of diversification for another. And then the extra work of owning and managing properties. But critics of real estate investment absolutely get it wrong when […]

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What Lifetime Earnings Data Says About College Majors and Graduate Degrees

In a few weeks, students will start or return to college and register for classes. Given this, I thought it’d be a good time to follow-up on last month’s discussion of the lifetime earnings of high income folks with a discussion about how college choices impact lifetime earnings. And no, your parents didn’t ask me […]

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Rate of Return of Everything Line Charts

About a year and a half ago, a group of researchers published a study that summarized rates of return on equities, housing and bonds for 16 countries over roughly the last 150 years. Then, a few weeks ago, the authors graciously provided the data from their study. I’ve already blogged about this wonderful resource once. […]

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In-N-Out Burger: Masterpiece Burger, Masterpiece Business

I really, really like In-N-Out Burger. In fact, my opinion? In-N-Out delivers the very best fast food burger available. This blog post isn’t a restaurant review however. Or least not really. And here’s why…  In-N-Out doesn’t just produce a masterpiece burger. I think they’ve built a masterpiece business that small businesses may want to copy. […]

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Lifetime Earnings Top One Percent Surprise

I encountered some pretty interesting data recently. The lifetime earnings of the top one percent, top five percent and top ten percent. A surprise appears here. And then, more relevant to the purpose of this blog, the lifetime earnings data provides actionable insights to small business owners. But let’s look at the data. And then […]

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