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how's it going guys welcome back to taxes made simple i'm your host carlton dennis and in today's video i wanted to give you guys a tour of my vehicles i want to really show you how do you write off a tesla model y and how do you write off a poor 718 cayman inside of your business legally let's talk all right guys now before we jump into how i write these cars off i'm going to tell you why i even bought them okay so starting off with the 2019 porsche cayman you know the reason why i purchased this car was this was actually my very first sports car when i was 25 years old i was working as a young sales representative inside of my mother's company making a comfortable six-figure living and i knew that it was going to be important for me to have a car that i could market as i get on social media so i paid a little bit more and got a porsche even though i was young and something that i probably won't advise to every 25 year old but i did it i did it and um it was expensive at the time for me i had to make a 7 000 down payment uh to get into this car and i think it was listed at about 65 67 000 at the time the poor 718 came in i decided to lease instead of buy and let me explain you how my write-off works for this car so when it comes to writing this car off one of the things that i wanted to make sure that i did was that i made sure that when i purchased the car that it was going to be eventually a business vehicle for me you know starting out i was working as a w-2 employees i wasn't able to write off my car payments but when i started my business i knew that i wanted this car to be the car underneath my corporation so what i did was i decided to draft a leasing agreement where i leased my car this poor 718 cayman to my c corporation inside of my c corporation my car is now a tax deduction and i'm able to write off a hundred percent of those car payments when i purchased this vehicle the car payments were about eight hundred dollars at the time they're still 800 and this car is going to go back in may of 2022 so i got it for about another two and a half three months but it was my very first sports car it has so many memories to me and some of the things i love about it is the original porsche look that it has when you step into the car you can see the dash it's just that original porsche design the steering wheel is just comfortable leather and you've got that porsche emblem glowing at you every single day when you get into this car when i got into this car it motivated me it gave me energy it showed me that there were things that i needed to do in order to continue to enjoy luxuries like this obviously material things aren't everything but when you are at a place where you are ready to start enjoying some things you might want to start spending some money on some things that you can drive that are fast and fun at the same time and so i made that purchase a little earlier in my lifetime to just get a taste of what that experience could look like and it motivated me to grow my businesses so one of the reasons why i purchased this car and i got it as a lease was because i wasn't at the point in time as a 25 year old where i was going to buy a porsche i didn't have that money yet and i was making a decision prematurely i'm still glad i did because this car has made me more money than you can think possible and i know it's hard to conceptualize that a vehicle can help you make money but when you're putting out the amount of content that i'm putting out on top of the car in the trunk driving in the car the amount of content that i'm putting out there's an appearance standpoint that starts to change in another business owner or entrepreneur's mind they start to associate some of these materialistic things that you have with income with success with experience guys many tax professionals as you know they don't look like me okay they're not this retired football player looking like tax professional they're the bookworm that you see behind the computer desks with the glasses doing all this work that's piled up to their necks i'm not that type of tax professional so being a 25 year old tax professional i had to take a different marketing approach to show other entrepreneurs that i knew what i was talking about and that i was serious about business and helping them reduce their tax bill and the porsche that i purchased helped me do so not for everybody and not for every business owner but it was a tactic and a skill that i wanted to adopt being able to market myself while using a product like a car i drive this car all the time and i show it off i park in front of equinox i make sure i valet park my car and i have made more money from parking my car at equinox over six figures just by having this car so you tell me was it worth it i think so now as time went on my income started to increase and as my income started to increase this little 800 write-off wasn't enough anymore so then i had to figure out and get savvier how can i buy another car underneath my business without the irs tripping out how can i make sense of me buying another car inside of my business well maybe i can hire somebody inside of my business that needs a car as well i hired my wife you see my wife was working as a w-2 employee at the time since then she had retired from her job at a very young age and joined me to work inside of my company when i thought about it i said you know what it might even make more sense for me to have a management company that manages my corporation that my wife could be underneath so i set up a management company and when i set up a management company i decided to buy the tesla model y when i purchased this car this car i did buy because i knew that i wanted to claim depreciation on this car outside of just being able to write off the car payments you see when you buy a car instead of lease a car the government gives you depreciation the ability to take the entire vehicle's purchase price over the course of five years a sixty thousand dollar car written off over the course of five years is a twelve thousand dollar tax deduction on top of the 800 car payment that this car currently has so when you do the math i was saving a lot of money by having this car associated with another business that i had rather than having this car inside of the same business that i had my original porsche inside of i decided to set up a management company now you might be asking yourself carlton why did you set up a management company well every time my original corporation pays my management company my original corporation gets to record a tax deduction for doing so inside of my management company my management company receives that income as taxable income but my write-offs inside of my management company such as this new tesla can offset the tax burden also inside of a c-corporation there's only a 21 federal tax rate taxpayer as your income starts to increase as you become a seven eight figure earner you're going to want your taxes only taxed at 21 but as you know inside of a c corporation there is double taxation anytime you decide to take payroll or dividends why no
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welcome back to taxes made simple today we're going to go over llc's we're discussing today top 5 write-offs for llcs now there could be a number of reasons why you decided to start an llc maybe you're a new business owner maybe you just started earning 1099 income and someone told you you need some type of entity structure maybe you're a truck driver maybe you even want to invest in a rental property and you want to get an llc for asset protection well if that's you today today we're just going to go over the top five tax strategies for llcs to put you in a better position number one start up an organizational cost as a new business owner chances are you are going to have startup costs and organizational costs startup costs and organizational costs could be in the form of marketing advertising maybe you've already established your website or maybe you spent some money on getting some training and some coaching before you decided to establish your business anytime that you have cost before you're considered operational they're considered startup costs and operation costs and you as a business owner are able to take five thousand dollars in your first year as startup cost or organizational cost let's just say that you spend more than five thousand dollars on getting your business set up any expense that exceeds five thousand dollars is amortized over the course of 180 months so as a business owner you still get to benefit from some of those costs that you had that exceeded 5 000 be very mindful of this when you file your tax returns that you make sure that you include all of your startup costs and all of your organizational costs for your small base business number two the home office deduction in the year of 2020 we were faced with a pandemic if you're watching this video right now chances are you probably lived through it so let's talk a little bit more about the tax deductions you can take as a small based business owner one of the biggest tax write-offs is the home office deduction most small based business owners are working from their home so how do we go about taking this home office deduction well it's simple if you have a designated space in your home or a designated room in your home that you're doing business in that is strictly for business you can take that space and leverage that space as a home office deduction here's how it works you start off by getting the square footage of your home office space or your home office once you have that square footage you're going to divide your home office space or your home office buy the entire square footage of your entire home when you do this calculation you are going to receive a percentage this percentage will be your home office percentage based on the utilities that you have in your home utilities could include your water cable electricity and gas fill these all go into your home office expenses anytime that you are making repairs or maintenance or doing improvements to your home office these can also go down as a part of your home office expense this is another way for business owners to benefit from some of the changes that they plan on making in their home as a part of their home office number three the vehicle deduction as a business owner you could travel to meet with your clients and chances are your vehicle is going to be used for your business how do we go about making sure that that vehicle that's used for your business is leveraged the right way there are two different ways in which you can determine to take a vehicle deduction inside of your llc one way is by taking the mileage when you are a business owner you have the ability in the year of 2020 to take 58 cents per every single mile you drive for many uber lyft and truck drivers mileage is extremely important because they are tracking their mileage on various different apps called mile iq or even quickbooks has a way for you to track your mileage on your cell phone being able to track every business mile you take is important so that you're getting all of your deductions just think about it 58 cents for every single mile you drive that can add up extremely quickly the second way for a business owner to take a vehicle deduction is by depreciating their vehicle inside of their business a vehicle depreciates over the course of five years if you purchase a vehicle that's 50 000 this would result in a ten thousand dollar write-off each year if you were to take a straight line depreciation there are different methods in how you can depreciate a car you can choose to do a double declining method that allows for you to accelerate a portion of your depreciation so you are getting a bigger write-off with your vehicle as opposed to waiting the entire five years to take all of the 50 000 there's also the code section 179 that allows for you to take a business deduction for a vehicle that weighs over 6 000 pounds all in one year so if you happen to purchase a vehicle that weighs over 6 000 pounds you can ride off the entire vehicle in your business through your llc in the same year reducing your taxes immediately let's discuss marketing and advertising no business runs without getting customers through the door if you're in business whether you're selling services or you're providing products you're gonna need to market those services for those products and you're gonna need to advertise them marketing and advertising are two of the biggest expenses that most business owners have because it's how you're able to create consistent income within your organization when you are having marketing and advertising going out whether it's flyers website seo this is a business expense that you get to take every single year through your llc when you are spending money on marketing and advertising these are immediate expenses these expenses do not have to be amortized over time or depreciated over time so rather than having to take marketing and advertising as an expense like a vehicle over five years you are able to write off your marketing and your advertising in the exact same year that you spend the money on your marketing and advertising as long as they're not considered startup organizational costs you will have no problem expensing a hundred percent of your marketing and your advertising through your llc and number five turning your llc into an s corporation when your business grows to the point when the benefits outweigh the cost to switch your llc to an escort you will eliminate a 15.3 of self-employment tax that many llcs and sole proprietors pay into not to mention you will be able to take a deduction when you decide to place yourself on payroll because an s corporation requires that the business owner pays themselves out of their business it's one of the many benefits to being a business owner being able to control the income you pay yourself and control the amount of income your tax gap one of the many benefits to being in an llc is that you can choose to tax yourself as an llc you can choose to tax yourself as an s corporation or you can choose to tax yourself as a c corporation however one of the benefits to taxing yoursel
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