5 Ways to Legally Reduce Your Taxes
How many of you know somebody who cheats on their taxes so they don’t pay taxes?
The truth is, you don’t have to cheat to avoid paying taxes.
Remember, there are four ways you can earn money:
- You can go to school, get a job and earn it as an employee.
- You can go to school even more, become a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant, a specialist or a small entrepreneur.
- You can be a big business owner.
- You can earn it as a professional investor, a true entrepreneur.
It doesn’t matter if you are in Santiago, Chile, Sydney, Australia, Johannesburg, South Africa or San Francisco, California. The tax rates are approximately the same depending on how you earn your money.
On average, employees are going to pay about 40% in taxes. If you are a specialist or small entrepreneur, you are going to pay even a higher tax rate, 60% on average.
As a big business owner, the big entrepreneur, you can reduce your tax rate to 20% but here is the magic. If you can become a professional investor, a true entrepreneur, you can reduce your tax rates to zero…
It’s Patriotic Not to Pay Taxes
The real purpose of the tax law is to provide incentives to business owners and investors. The law would be three pages long if it were not for that. Instead, it has thousands of pages to give these incentives to business owners and investors.
Sit back, learn and do not be afraid of making mistakes.
If you do it legally, then the government is more than willing to be your partner. It will contribute up to 40% for every investment you make, whether it is real estate, energy or business.
The government wants you to create employment so you partner with them to create employment. When you do that, the government gives you tax benefits.
Now, if you’re not ready to start your own business, here are five ways to keep more of your money that you can start doing today…
The first thing that comes out of your paycheck, before you get a dime, are taxes and you get what’s left over. What if we could actually take the expenses out first and then pay the government with what’s left over?
In fact, the government wants you to do it. Anybody can own a business out of your house as an Amazon reseller, any kind of internet marketer or multi-level marketer.
Every one of these gives you the same benefits as if you were Walmart. What if when you went out to dinner with your spouse, that meal was deductible? All of a sudden, the government’s paying for 20 to 30% of your bill.
You have to meet three tests:
- It has to have a business purpose. That’s pretty easy. The business purpose is you’re talking about business.
- It has to be typical that you talk about business with that person — your business partner, your spouse or somebody who can give some critical feedback.
- It has to be necessary, meaning that it’s actually going to give me a benefit in my business. This applies to your car, your house, your meals, your travel, even your vacations.
The minute you start your business, you sit down with your tax advisor. He or she is going to be able to tell you approximately how much you’re going to save in taxes for the next year.
Immediately, go to your employer and change your withholding. That affects your very next paycheck.
Any time we can convert or change our income from a high-tax income to a low-tax income, we’ve just put money in our pocket.
This latest tax bill has this new thing called a 20% pass-through deduction.
It applies to any business owner up to a certain amount of income. Let’s say that you make $150,000 a year as an employee. By being a self-employed consultant to your company, you get 20% off.
In other words, instead of paying tax on $150,000 you’d be taxed on $120,000. Let’s say you’re in a 30% bracket. That’s $9,000.
Make sure you sit down with your tax advisor on this because you don’t want to lose your benefits like your health care, etc.
Tax Brackets for Your Kids
Let’s say you started your home-based business and you pay your son or your daughter to do bookkeeping or to help marketing in your business and you pay them $12,000 a year. That $12,000 is not taxable to your kids.
If you’re in a 30% bracket and you pay them $12,000, you just put 30% of $12,000 — $3,600 — into your pocket today.
You don’t have to wait until April 15th of next year. That’s money that reduces your withholding
Sit down with your tax advisor. Figure out what your kids could do in your business.
If you pay your kids from your own company, you don’t even have to pay social security taxes on that salary.
You’re going to spend that $12,000 on the family vacation, a college fund or an afterschool programs. Don’t use it for their food and essentials because obviously you have to pay for that. Be responsible.
Being generous is pretty much the best way to make money. The government is saying if you do generous things, we’re going to give you this huge tax benefit – one from the state and one at the federal level.
This is a way to double dip that the government wants us to do.
There are hundreds of tax credits or non-taxable income. Then there’s things that aren’t taxable at all, like municipal bonds, insurance or life insurance proceeds.
In Arizona, you’ll get a credit for taxes for charitable contributions. For example, private school tuition is one of those charities.
Rather than a deduction, you get a credit. You donate a dollar, you get a dollar back; you pay a dollar less in state taxes.
If you go to a financial planner or most tax preparers, they’re going to tell you that the way to save taxes is to defer them to a later year.
Once you’ve done everything else, do this.
Typically, the only way you’re going to be in a lower tax bracket is if you retire poor.
Think about it. You’re not going to have your business deductions or tax brackets because you sold your business. You’re not going to have a lot of regular tax benefits since you’ve paid off your house and your kids have finished college.
If you had the same amount of money when you retire as you did when you were working, you’re going to be in a higher tax bracket.
Most people say they’re not going to need as much when they retire. Really? You’re not going to have medical bills? That’s great because you are different from everybody else.
Who wants to make less money when they retire? You want to retire with more money, not less money, while paying fewer taxes.
The way to do this is to reduce our taxes permanently by taking the steps I’ve laid out for you above.
Play it smart,
Editor, Rich Dad Poor Dad Daily