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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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Vacation Rental Tax Shelters

Potentially, a vacation rental tax shelter generates extremely large tax deductions for an investor. Even better, almost anybody can use a vacation rental tax shelter. Accordingly, this long-ish blog post explains how this tactic works. To start, though, a quick review of how real estate tax shelters work. How Rental Properties Reduce Taxes Let’s say […]

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The Illusions of Entrepreneurship Professors

Late last year, I posted a couple of essays that defended Thomas Stanley’s Millionaire Next Door theory: Defending the Millionaire Next Door Theory and the Millionaire Next Door Business Plan. As part of the reading I did for those posts, I stumbled on and read business school professor Scott Shane’s book “The Illusions of Entrepreneurs.” […]

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The 50-something Entrepreneur’s Last-minute Retirement Plan

Recently, a friend (not a client) asked about getting started with a retirement plan. The awkward part of the question? Though successful in his small business, he’s late to begin preparing for retirement. Mid-fifties. The good part of his situation? Lots. He enjoys an impressive income. The business sits well-capitalized. Life’s big expenditures–college for the […]

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Final Section 199A Regulation Correction: Separate v. Separable

On February 1, 2019, the IRS published a corrected version of their final regulations for Section 199A (available here). The corrections include a handful of minor editorial tweaks. All helpfully flagged in the published document using revision marks. But one particular tweak makes sense to point out and discuss for many, many small businesses. Do […]

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The Lost Tax Deductions Under New Law

Over the last year, you’ve surely read or heard that many long-standing deductions go away. In this short blog post, I’m going to review these lost tax deductions. Knowing which deductions you no longer get to take should make preparing your tax return easier. Personal Exemptions In past, taxpayer potentially received a roughly $4,000 deduction […]

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B&O Tax Nexus in Washington

This blog post is the second in a two-part series. This post explains how Washington B&O tax, or “business and occupation tax,” works for multi-state businesses. Last week’s blog post explained how Washington sales tax works for multi-state businesses. B&O Basics Washington’s B&O tax recognizes three main categories of businesses, which it treats differently and […]

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