Tax Horror Stories and how to avoid them – Podcast

Don’t Let THIS Happen to You…Tax Horror Stories

TAX HORROR STORIES and how to avoid them…with Kimberly Landry, CPA of Landry and Associates has come back to the Financial Freedom Classroom to share some scary tales to kick off your Halloween season!

Don’t have a small business? Create one and reap the rewards!

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Even if you have a JOB (Just Over Broke) open a business!  You will earn extra income AND get to keep more of what you make with some tax deductions.  **Disclaimer!  Please ALWAYS consult your tax professional regarding tax matters.  We are not tax professionals!**  One of those is the home office deduction but be honest, you should be able to defend your deduction in an audit.  Meals and entertainment when you conduct business with a person you are entertaining during the meal or event.  Be sure you keep good records of what the activity was, when, with whom and how it relates.  Another possible deduction is internet and phone directly related to your business.  Vehicle deductions for local business trips can be deducted either by the standard mileage rate or your actual expenses.  Education for yourself can be deducted as well.  The list goes on and on.  Another VERY helpful benefit of a small business is being able to contribute to a Self-Employed Retirement Plan and the tax benefits you can recognize.  These are a twofer!  They are particularly valuable for reducing your tax bill now and racking up tax-deferred retirement savings for later.

Can you share more benefits of having a small business?  Please comment.

Taxes; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Just in case you missed it…A fantastic webinar, Taxes; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Kim Landry, CPA from Landry and Associates.  Kim gave us some great tax strategies and planning techniques to be able to keep more of what you make.

What is a tax strategy that has saved you from paying more taxes than necessary?  Please share.

Worth their weight in gold!

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A CPA can be a very important member of your investing team who can guide you through the labyrinth of taxes.  They are worth their weight in gold to you and your business.  A true CPA professional can ease your stress and save you lots of money you may have given Uncle Sam because you didn’t know any better.  Here are some tips when working with a CPA to make the most of your time and money.

Form a good relationship.  Once you find a good CPA, stick with them.  They become familiar with your business and they will ask important questions to lead you to a lower tax bill.  Of course, telling the truth is very important because it may make your CPA terminate your relationship and will hurt you if you are dishonest.

Lower your annual bill by being organized.  If you hand over a shoe box fill of receipts instead of a categorized report of expenses, your bill will most certainly be much higher.

Use your CPA in making decisions.  Be sure to consult your trusted CPA regarding purchases and don’t make assumptions.  Those assumptions could be very costly.

We are proud tonight to have our trusted accountant and friend Kim Landry, CPA with us tonight for our FREE webinar to go over the topic of taxes.  Don’t miss it!


Please comment on what you learned from the webinar.



Capital gains, hopefully not losses…

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Capital gains (or losses) are recognized when you sell a capital asset.  A capital asset is almost everything you own and use for personal, pleasure or investment purposes.

 Capital gains are categorized either as short term, held less than one year or long term, held for one year or more.  Long term gains have beneficial treatment in the US tax structure since they are taxed currently at 15% where short term gains are taxed at the individual’s tax rate which can be much higher.  One exception to the rule is the treatment of stock options under section 1256 where gains or losses open at the end of the year or terminated during the year are treated as 60% long term and 40% short term regardless of how long the contracts were held.

We all know taxes are very tricky so there are exceptions to most rules and we encourage always seeking the guidance of a professional.  Check out our webinar on Thursday, January 22, 2015 with Kim Landry, CPA to discuss “Taxes; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and she will help clarify some of the tax laws for us.

 What tax strategies are you planning on using in 2015?