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It was one of the greatest financial bets of all time. Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet big against subprime mortgages ahead of last decade’s financial crisis, earning billions in profits for his funds. It was a gamble that, in the long run, didn’t pay off.

Along with the $4 billion he earned for himself, he nailed a second record-breaking honor when he was slapped with one of the largest personal tax bills in history.

According to people close to the firm, Paulson used a tax provision available at the time to hedge fund managers. After deferring the bulk of taxes on the profits, Paulson’s personal tax bill came due on April 17th when he was required to pay about … Read more →

Blood, sweat, and tears: the labor of love you pour into your business every day. It may be priceless from your standpoint. But will it have a fair market value on the street?

Here’s a question for you: How do you accurately translate your net worth?

A hundred dollars an hour?

A thousand?

Okay, we know, you’re worth every penny, but regardless of what it says on paper, you won’t be able to calculate the true value of your efforts until you have been paid. And by the way, don’t assume donating those hours will result in a big fat deduction at tax time.

What About Charity Donation?

When you donate time to charity or you’re looking to deduct the … Read more →

Want the attention of the IRS? All you have to do is make personal transactions on your business account. RED FLAG!

It’s called comingling funds, and it can get you into big trouble at tax time.

No, pleading ignorance will not save you.

 

What’s The Difference?

Expenses associated with personal products or services, living expenses or family expenses are not business expenses and generally non-deductable. Buying a new TV, even if you watch a program or two focused on your industry, is no more a business expense than taking Grandma to dinner.

However, if you have expenses that are partly personal and partly business, as long as you divide the total cost appropriately, the IRS permits deduction of the … Read more →

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