As warned earlier, Treasury proposed rules to block a state and local tax (SALT) deduction workaround strategy that had been adopted by New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and was being considered by several other high-income-tax states. Under the strategy, taxpayers would be allowed a credit against state taxes for contributions to state- or local-run charitable funds that provided money for public services. The strategy was intended to sidestep the annual $10,000 cap on SALT deductions for federal income tax under the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA). The goal of the workarounds: convert newly non-deductible state tax payments into deductible charitable contributions, which could save state taxpayers money and fund public services. Read More
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department are following up on their threat to forestall attempts by states to get around the $10,000 limit in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on deductions of state and local taxes by setting up state-run charitable contribution funds. Read More
Business consultants provide management consulting to help organizations improve performance and efficiency. These professionals analyze businesses and create solutions while also helping companies meet their goals. Business owners should consider hiring business consultants when they need help or perspective on their chosen path or need a catalyst for change in their companies. more
Real Estate Business vs Investment
As fledgling real estate investors, we had two challenges. First, we had to use real estate to make a living. Second, we had to use real estate to build wealth so that we could achieve financial independence.
To make a living we got into the real estate business. We learned how to find and quickly resell deals for a profit. Sometimes we sold these in as-is condition to other investors (aka wholesaling). Other times we fixed them up and sold them to end-users (aka retailing).
To build wealth and retire early, we also began buying real estate investments. We wanted our investments to grow and fund our early retirement with regular, steady income. Luckily, real estate has many different strategies to do both of those very well.
Along the way, we bought and sold hundreds of properties. And today we still own 90 rental units in and around the small college town of Clemson, South Carolina.
I don’t tell you this because you need to replicate what I have done. The opposite is true. If you have a regular job to pay the bills, you can accomplish amazing financial results with just a few investment properties. And the real estate strategies I have used work very well in conjunction with other investment strategies like stock index fund investing as taught by the great JL Collins. more
Financial management is one of the most important responsibilities of owners and business managers. They must consider the potential consequences of their management decisions on profits, cash flow and on the financial condition of the company. The activities of every aspect of a business have an impact on the company’s financial performance and must be evaluated and controlled by the business owner.
Life Cycles of a Business
Most companies experience losses and negative cash flows during their startup period. Financial management is extremely important during this time. Managers must make sure that they have enough cash on hand to pay employees and suppliers even though they have more money going out than coming in during the early months of the business. This means the owner must make financial projections of these negative cash flows so he has some idea how much capital will be needed to fund the business until it becomes profitable. more