Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

079: Elevating Your Business and Personal Wealth with Brady Slack & Mike Scicluna


Taxes can be confusing for those who aren’t entrepreneurs or investors. That’s why investors and entrepreneurs should have a knowledgeable CPA at their disposal to avoid the pitfalls of taxes.

On this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Jonathan welcomes guests Brady Slack and Mike Scicluna to the show. Brady is a managing partner at High Country Finance, and Mike is High Country’s Chief Financial Officer. They’ve come together on this episode to unravel the complexities of the tax code for real estate investors. Brady and Mike specialize in helping business owners, independent contractors, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors reduce their tax bills and increase their wealth.

Elevating your business and personal wealth starts with getting a good handle on your taxes. Jonathan, Brady, and Mike dive into the episode talking about where people are making mistakes as real estate investors right now. You’ll also hear what asset depreciates quickly enough to provide tax savings, why you shouldn’t buy real estate just to save on taxes, and when you need an LLC. They also discuss the three ways to classify an investor, why you should actively talk to your CPA about your taxes and financial goals, and the importance of good bookkeeping in any business.

Taxes can be a weak point for many investors, and this episode is all about giving you the information you need to make better tax decisions.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The biggest places people are making mistakes as real estate investors right now, according to Brady Slack and Mike Sciculna

  • The asset that depreciates rapidly enough to make sense as a tax savings

  • Why you shouldn’t buy real estate just to save money on taxes

  • A tax professional’s role in helping you come up with a tax solution that works for your business

  • Who should consider setting up an LLC, and when an entity structure comes into play

  • How your basis in real estate affects the value of an asset

  • The three ways to classify an investor

  • The benefits of having a real estate professional status

  • The importance of actively talking to your CPA about your taxes and where you hope to end up financially

  • Why bookkeeping matters for business owners as well as investors

  • The guidelines for 1031 exchanges

  • Where people are making the most mistakes in real estate and accounting today

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