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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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Real Estate Assistant Jobs: How To Find Virtual Work Helping Realtors

The Different Types of Real Estate Assistant Jobs (And How To Do Them From Home) Real estate assistant jobs are on the long list of administrative jobs you can easily do from home. Surprised? Don’t be!  Thanks to technology, most admin tasks can be done remotely. This includes traditional in-office activities like calendar management, supplies […]

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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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How I Find Remote Jobs By The Hundreds (And You Can Too)

It’s easy to find remote jobs. In fact, I find hundreds of them every single day. These jobs are not multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes (think all those ladies on Facebook trying to sell you yoga pants or makeup or essential oils).  Instead, I find 100% real, scam-free, remote jobs that let you work from […]

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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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Sales Tax Nexus in Washington

We’ve already covered on this blog how payroll taxes work in Washington State. But there are two other types of Washington State taxes that just about every small business should know about: sales/use tax, and B&O. What’s more, multistate businesses that conduct business both in and outside of Washington need to know how Washington’s nexus […]

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Section 199A Qualified Business Income Adjustments

The new Section 199A deduction gets complicated. And one nearly hidden complexity? The qualified business income adjustments, or QBI adjustments, taxpayers need to make in order calculate the deduction. This short blog post, therefore, describes how these qualified business income adjustments work. I’ll also summarize the explicit adjustments the final regulations require. And then I’ll […]

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