“Buy, Borrow, and Die” – A Real Estate Tax Planning Framework

March 12, 2015

When someone I have met for the first time finds out I am a tax consultant, they often ask me for a good tax reduction strategy. I sometimes respond with “buy, borrow and die”[1] . Initially, they think I am being flippant. However, there is…

Tax Benefits of Hiring Resident Property Managers

November 26, 2014

Owning rental property takes work – a lot of work. From marketing your property, to screening tenants, to collecting rent, performing repairs, and keeping the books, most owners are not prepared to handle the gamut of responsibilities on their own. According to Karim Jaude, veteran…

How Your Property Taxes this Year Could be More than You Expect

October 24, 2014

If you’re a California property owner that obtained a reduced assessment in prior years, there’s a chance you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you see your next property tax bill. Most property owners are used to seeing their property taxes increase slightly…

How CA Shareholders can Save Over $1,000 with SDI Exclusion

December 23, 2013

In the state of California, if you are the sole shareholder (other than your spouse) and officer of a corporation, you could save over $1,000 by electing to exclude your corporate wages from State Disability Insurance (SDI) withholding. After we wrote about this topic last…

TOP YEAR-END TAX TIPS

December 11, 2013

With the higher tax rates passed by Congress for 2013, it’s likely that many top earners will owe a lot more in taxes.  Pre-year-end tax projections are a must if you want to minimize the impact of these major changes – and time is running…

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