A: If you’re like many Americans, donating to charity can be an appealing way to help people in need while also quietly taking “credit” for it though your taxes in the form of a credit. What some people forget though is how to get the most “bang for their buck” when it comes to donating to charity. For those that are planning to make a charitable gift, more times than not it usually makes the most sense to donate an appreciated long-term capital asset versus selling the asset and giving the charity the after-tax proceeds. By donating the asset instead of the cash, you can avoid the capital gains on the sale AND you can get a deduction for the full fair-market value of the property. Be sure to consult with your wealth coach to ensure the best strategy for your situation.
How would you like to double or triple your monthly cash flow in 30 days? Wouldn’t we all? The key to it most oftentimes stems from planning ahead of time. As Benjamin Franklin so eloquently put it: “failing to plan is planning to fail,” which rings truer than ever when it comes to taxes. It is when taxes become a passive action that just happens when we make a purchase or when they become a reactive process that is only looked at each April that most falter and grumble about taxes. Adversely, when people take a proactive approach toward taxes and plan ahead, that is when their gripes turn into enviable smiles.
Albeit fitting and apropos, this year’s Wealth Revolution Competition (WRC) will kick off with speakers that are extremely versed in taxes and cash flow. Rick McPeak and Jim Conway will uncover several secret and amazingly powerful tax deductions along with other exciting ways to monetize the questions and concerns on everyone’s minds. Definitely a meeting not to miss this February!
To give you a better sense of what tax planning can do, Tycon not only helped us make an extra $75,000 but they also saved us roughly $40,000 in taxes this year, all by planning ahead. Of course, there are some things that we needed to do at the end of the year to make sure that we only pay a certain amount of tax for 2016, but if it hadn’t been set up ahead of time, we would never have been able to make or save as much as we did. In other words…yea, it’s a pretty big deal. In fact, there are many in the Ali’i Kālā VIP program who now have an extra $2,000-$3,000 every month that can be correlated to their tax planning.
And don’t just think it’s for those who make a lot of money. In fact, you don’t have to make a bunch of money for this type of planning to be effective. It’s all about knowing and understanding the tax code system and leveraging it to take full advantage to benefit YOUR bottom line. Minor, yet effective, changes can allow you to get tax breaks that can save you thousands without any real noticeable change to your lifestyle, simply by using the opportunities that are already made available.
To go a step further, it is important to note that these tax strategies are totally different than just filing your taxes. In fact, your tax preparer can still file your taxes. This planning is, however, a great way to strategize toward increasing your cash flow while keeping more of your money where it belongs, being used for better things than taxes.
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Karen has been with Tardus since 2004. She joined at a time when she was done with college and had saved a little, but still knew there was more for her to learn when it came to finances. She knew other people let their money work for them but she did not know how and it sounded like Tardus could help her learn. It took a year from joining for her to truly change the way she managed money but it was really worth it. She knew where her money was and where it was going. The greatest success, so far, is she was able to buy another house here in Honolulu!
Her main goal in becoming a wealth coach is to bring people to Tardus so she can help as many as possible to become financially intelligent with their money. She’s been a wealth coach for over a year and knew that with teaching others about the program, she would also be learning more – and that’s proven to be very true.
For her, the most important part of being a Tardus wealth coach is to make sure this knowledge passes down to her family and future generations and has even referred many family members: her daughter, her son and his wife, and her sister have all joined, as well as another good friend. Her sister even said that she wishes she would have started 10 years ago!
Her main interests right now aside from Tardus are her grandkids: ages 8, 6, and 4, since they are at an age where they are such a joy to be around. They do a lot of hiking and swimming together and visiting the Bishop museum.
“I am so grateful to Tardus and feel so blessed to have found them when I did. I would not have this freedom that I feel. It was just the right time.”
So often, with our worlds revolving at the speed of life, we find ourselves guilty of pushing the limits on our personal lives which, if not careful, can lead to utter chaos. Valentine’s Day, in turn, creates the perfect time to slow down, take some time, and let those that you love, know it. Notice we didn’t say to “tell” them, but rather to make sure they truly know how much they are loved. And while this may seem fairly obvious, we thought we’d share some simple ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your special someone, the whole family, or even beyond...
1.Write a Love Note
Trust me when I say that it is the words that YOU write that are so much more meaningful than any fluffy puff-speak that could ever be written by a card designer. Take the time to think through all the reasons you love someone and simply write them out. Even if your handwriting is atrocious, your loved one will appreciate the time spent knowing the words came from your heart and not just plucked off the shelf.
2.Make Dinner Together
5-star restaurants are not the only place you can find fancy meals anymore in this age of the internet where just about every recipe under the sun (or at least a million great ones) now can be found with a quick search. Plus, setting aside the time to make dinner together gives you both the ability to connect and enjoy the fruits of your labors, turning the evening into your own private experience.
3. Spread the Love
Romantic dinners for 2 not your thing? Try adopting your single friends for the evening and making it a special night for them, too! You and yours can put a smile on the faces of those who might not have found their true love yet by simply inviting them to celebrate your friendship. No matter what you choose to do, I'm sure everyone will have a great time and love you for the gesture.
4. Date Night In
Why go out when your cable box probably already has plenty of movies you haven’t seen yet and the popcorn doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Better yet, set aside the powered devices and play a game! Use the holiday as a great excuse to power down and reconnect. Healthy competition can also be a lot of fun too as you don’t take it too seriously, so perhaps avoid the urge to play monopoly!
5. Experience Something New
Look in your local newspaper and you’ll see that seemingly everyone with a business is having some sort of Valentine’s Day event. And just because you may be avoiding expensive meals or pricey flowers doesn’t mean you can’t spend a little money to explore something you’ve never done before. Planetariums, museums, arts and crafts, nature walks, even amusement parks can all make for an exciting and unforgettable day; it’s just a matter of looking for the hidden gems in your community.
6. Get the Kids involved
Instead of dropping the kids off at the sitter's house, share the love and get them involved. Everything on this list so far is also kid friendly, so there’s no need to ditch the kids (unless you could really use the break). Getting them involved with making cards, helping with dinner, unplugging the tech, and having some family fun can all be great ways to teach them young that the holiday is not about the money or the traditions - it's about LOVE.