Episode 138: Back taxes 101 & how to get caught up

income tax interview Feb 04, 2021

On this episode I chat with Theresa Speights, tax attorney and manager of resolutions at Community Tax LLC in Chicago, about back taxes and how to get caught up if you have them.

 

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Tax controversy is when you owe the IRS money for various reasons - 401k you took out, rough years in business, etc. It ranges from individuals to big businesses. If you have tax liabilities or owe money to the state or federal government, someone who works in tax controversy can help you work through the debt.

 

When it comes to microbusinesses, the most common tax problem Theresa sees is usually poor bookkeeping and comingling of business and personal expenses. When you comingle, the IRS views all the money in your personal bank account as business income, even...

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Episode 137: How to handle a letter from the IRS

income tax interview Feb 02, 2021

On this episode I chat with Theresa Speights, manager of resolutions at Community Tax LLC in Chicago, about what to do it you get a letter from the IRS.

 

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Today's question is, "I got a CP2000 letter from the IRS. what does it mean? What do I do with it? Should I hire someone to help me or just call?"

 

Theresa does tax controversy work, making her the person to call if you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service to work through it and get your debts paid. 

 

If you get a CP2000 letter, the last thing you want to do is call the IRS, they will not be able to help you. Instead, look at page page 3 of the letter to see why they are saying you owe more tax. Once you see you want to verify that you did make that much income. If you did,...

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Episode 136: Crushing $70,000 of debt in 36 months

cash flow interview Jan 28, 2021

On this episode, I chat with Sarah Hawkey, founder of toRISEtogether and creator of The Money Studio, about how she tackled all her debt in three years. Sarah also shares her best tips to get started with budgeting and debt management.

 

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On this episode, I chat with my guest, Sarah Hawkey, founder of toRISEtogether and creator of The Money Studio, about balancing debt payments with saving for an emergency fund and and saving for retirement.

 

toRISEtogether is a collection of creative freelancers getting their money shit together as a community so they can focus on being creative. The Money Studio is to help creatives do the work to create the life they dream and remove worries about money.

 

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Episode 135: Balancing debt payoff and savings part II

cash flow interview Jan 26, 2021

On this episode, I chat with my guest, Sarah Hawkey, founder of toRISEtogether and creator of The Money Studio, about balancing debt payments with saving for an emergency fund and and saving for retirement.

 

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by new & experienced business owners and how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

 

On Tuesday episodes we answer questions from my Facebook group, Braden's Bestie's. Today Sarah answers the question "If you're starting from scratch saving money and paying debt, how would you prioritize between 1) building an emergency fund of around $3,000, 2) paying your quarterly taxes, 3) saving your first few thousand dollars toward retirement and 4) paying down about $3,000 in high-interest consumer debt? Do you do them all at the same time or in a certain order?"

 

Sarah suggests you need to cover your ass with an emergency fund...

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Bonus - PPP

biz entities interview Jan 20, 2021

On this bonus episode of the podcast my guest, Kristy Runzer, CFP, about Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

 

Join the Braden's Besties Facebook Group to hear Kristy's live Q&A about PPP with Braden on January 22nd.

 

PPP became available as part of the stimulus packages. It's a forgivable loan, meaning you receive the money as a loan but as long as you use it for certain things, it's a loan that gets forgiven. As a small business, PPP is more the route to go than EDIL (the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program).

 

With round two of PPP now available, the first step is to determine if you qualify. Two pieces allow you to quality - 1) If you never got money in Round One you can apply like this is Round One. 2) If you did get money in Round One, the qualifier for Round Two is if you saw a 25% decrease in your revenue in any quarter in 2020 compared to that same quarter in 2019.

Ex: If Q2 in 2019 your revenue was $100,000 and in Q2 in 2020 your revenue was...

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Episode 131: Balancing debt payoff with savings

cash flow interview Jan 12, 2021

On this episode, I chat with my guest Keila Hill-Trawick about balancing debt payments with saving for an emergency fund and and saving for retirement.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

In my alumni group we recently read money philosophy "I Will Teach You to be Rich" by Ramit Sethi for our quarterly book club. On the topic of money philosophy today's question is a hypothetical one.

"If you're starting from scratch saving money and paying debt, how would you prioirtize between 1) building an emergency fund of around $3,000, 2) paying your quarterly taxes, 3) saving your first few thousand dollars toward retirement and 4) paying down about $3,000 in high-interest consumer debt? Do you do them all at the same time or in a certain order?"

Keila shares her insight that it's what makes you feel safe. If you...

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Episode 130: Your tax write-off and bookkeeping questions answered

income tax interview Jan 07, 2021

 

On this episode, my guest Parker Stevenson, Co-Owner and Chief Business Officer of Evolved Finance, takes a crack at answering 12 different tax and bookkeeping questions from fellow creatives in the Braden's Besties Facebook Group.

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1. First year of business and have a profit loss. How much can I report as a loss? Will I get audited? Is there a limit? (asked by Jennefer Cooper)

 

Hire an accountant! An accountant will help you to write-off as many expenses as you can while still being profitable. Tell yourself, "It's okay for me to pay taxes because that means I have a profitable business."

2. As a small business owner, (two-person LLC), can I deduct the cost of my vehicle on my taxes? (asked by Robes Pierre LaMontagne)

Involve your accountant in this...

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Episode 129: Writing off start-up expenses for a new business

income tax interview Jan 05, 2021

On this episode, my guest Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting in Washington D.C., answers the question "What expenses are allowable write offs for my new business during the start-up phase?"

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Start-up expenses are those that you have to incur in order for the business to start. For example, if you are a starting a restaurant, even before you start serving diners you have start-up expenses such as liquor license, architectural drawings, etc. The IRS allows you to write-off $5,000 in start-up expenses in the first year and amortize the rest over the next several years.

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What's the difference between a hobby and a business?

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Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting

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Episode 128: An open discussion on equitable financial practices in business

interview other legal Jan 01, 2021

On this episode, I have an open and honest conversion with Meg Wheeler about diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to build better financial practices in business.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Wealth is inequitably distributed among people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and more causing wealth gaps. It's important to design your business in a way to eradicate these wealth gaps and make your business part of a shifting culture toward equality and long-term wealth.

When starting a business, having equitable practices is not as talked about in the small business space as it is in the corporation space with diversity and inclusion. It's planning and conversations that are often put off until a person's company is bigger or they start hiring but the truth, is if we build a business focused...

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Episode 127: What are the benefits of hiring a CPA?

income tax interview Dec 29, 2020

On this episode, my guest, Biz Money Coach Meg K. Wheeler, discusses the benefits of hiring a CPA for your small business.

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Today on the podcast we're answering the question "What are the benefits/pitfalls of hiring a tax strategist versus a CPA?"

If you're working on anything related to tax, you want someone who knows what they are doing. Meg suggests you be careful about anyone who is calling themselves a tax strategist, and make sure you are working with a CPA or a tax lawyer like Braden. You don't need a CPA or tax lawyer to provide tax returns.

Beyond tax prep, you should hire a CPA anytime you want to understand how to maximize your business operations. For example, when you start selling more and making more money, should you consider becoming an s corp. Anytime...

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