Series: Some basics ~ Stock market investing

Some Basics: Introduction to tools for protecting and growing your Net Worth.

Stock trading is not my investment vehicle of choice. But since clients add this into their mix, here’s some input.


Brokerage tools:
  • Quick n easy ‘Apps’:Paul Anibal Realty Net Worth tax real estate broker fenton mi linden byron hartland
    • Examples: Webull, Robinhood
    • +’s: Quick tool for cellphones, etc.
    • -‘s: Can be limited in research, charts and graphs. Easily draws in the inexperienced with potentially horrendous consequences.
  • Expanded services & website brokerages:
    • Examples: Etrade, TD Ameritrade
    • +’s: Lots of tools you should be using
    • -‘s: Need to sit at a PC to use the tools and invest the time ~ actually, that’s a plus

Site tools:

A word about Real Estate: paul anibal real estate investment roi flipping properties fenton michigan investing in houses


What now? Please solicit advice from multiple sources based on various areas of specialization….e.g.: professional insurance/ legal/ tax/ financial planner/ lender/ realty broker/ and even a spiritual advisor. Yes, even your pastor will have great insights to share re: what the rest of us professional see ‘after the fact’. Scripture speaks more to finances than other topics & its the #1 issue in relationship conflicts.

I can’t stress this enough, virtually every family has ‘issues’ when $’s and control come to play.  Many client families I’d never dreamed would have had disagreements have family splits, even when little to nothing was left to disagree over.

Well the key word is ‘now’. Advice & planning is worthless after someone becomes feedback_todo_checklistincapable of handling their affairs, or passes. Review your strategies and go forward. Later, the complexity and expense – financial and emotional – will grow exponentially!

Don’t know where to start? Do the clerical work. Don’t know where that starts? Contact me for assistance.

Our approach will be looking at the bigger picture. You can also begin by sharing you’re thoughts, dreams, needs, goals, and comfort parameters.


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Year-end tip(s):  Update your Assets spreadsheet. Keep a draft of your Trust/ Will documents on a google drive format for easy sharing with your insurance/ legal/ and tax counselors.



Michigan Unemployment during Covid-19 Coronavirus shutdown

a3f18e9e-739e-401a-ac75-5d6c3b7bc984Small business owners. Know all the criteria before making application as the site is running slow & you’ll want to make the best use of your time. Delays may sign you out, then you have to start over.


Here’s the order:

Click to access 160_-_Claiming_UI_Benefit_In_Michigan_-_Jan2014_444213_7.pdf

NEED ASSISTANCE? We work remote with you!


Other helpful links: Calendar / RatesGet a ‘YourSpace’ Portal

Now, more than ever, we are looking at your larger picture, considering ‘all the pieces’ to the tax/ networth puzzle.


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> Request Appointment < click here. Other questions/coments:

Coronavirus COVID-19 and unemployment benefits for entity owners. Cost vs benefits, eligibility.

a3f18e9e-739e-401a-ac75-5d6c3b7bc984You own the company. You’ve been taking a salary/wage. What will it cost you now that there is an executive order to stay home ?


Here’s the order: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-522595&#8211;,00.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

How much can you get? https://fileunemployment.org/michigan/mi-calculator/

When must you file? asap to 28 days.

How much will it cost? depends, read this or call me:

How long does it last? extended to 26 from 20 weeks

How to file? Start here or call: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241&#8212;,00.html

Outside of the emergency order: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/uia/160_-_Claiming_UI_Benefit_In_Michigan_-_Jan2014_444213_7.pdf

NEED ASSISTANCE? We are working remotely with you!, see:


Other helpful links: Calendar a ‘Virtual’ Appt / RatesGet a ‘YourSpace’

Now, more than ever, we are looking at your larger picture, considering ‘all the pieces’ to the tax/networth puzzle.


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> To Request an Appointment < click here, other reasons for contacting us:

Virtual Appointments ~ Stay home. Its easy, its cheap. DO YOUR TAXES NOW:

a3f18e9e-739e-401a-ac75-5d6c3b7bc984Get your taxes done ~ Use any 1 or more of these: call/ email/ smart phone pics / scanned docs/ google docs/ or mail your documents. I’ve done all of these for decades!


Year end, aka: “Annual Review” with tax prep:

    1. Submit docs & info: this can be done via email, but its best to direct ALL DOCS/ PHOTOS/ PDF packets & communications to YourSpace247 > example. Mask sensitive #’s.
      • Submit items: W2’s, 1099s, property taxes, copy of last yrs file, etc.
      • You can scan/ photograph/ or let the local office store (OfficeMax/Depot, UPS, FedEx) do it for you.
      • If you need a spreadsheet to make notes to us, I have hundreds of ready to fill google docs that we both can access from the cloud. All clients receive a template of spreadsheet pages they may use. Or submit yours, or I’ll create one just for you. example.
      • Need to share something on your PC ? or watch our PC as we complete the process?
        • We use TeamViewer to share PC screens.
        • Skype is available for voice/ camera sharing.
        • Line as well.
        • Our Zoom meeting room does it all.
    2. We’ll schedule a phone call as needed to go over items submitted, ask a few questions, and answer yours.
    3. We prepare a complete ‘signature ready’ pdf packet.
      • You can either print it out, sign for efile, and return asap.
      • Or, we’ll mail out your hard copy packet.
    4. Pay easily via Paypal or by check.
      • There is no need to ever leave your home/home office!

I’ve provided this service for literally decades for shut-ins, missionaries, snow birds and folks all over the country.

Other helpful links: Calendar a ‘Virtual’ Appt / RatesGet a ‘YourSpace’

Now, more than ever, we are looking at your larger picture, considering ‘all the pieces’ to the tax/networth puzzle.


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Series: Some basics ~ Trusts and Wills

A chart showing some of the major differences between a Will and a Trust:
Tool allow: Will Trust
Name beneficiaries ? yes yes
Name guardians? yes no
Leave property to my children? yes yes
Avoid probate? no yes
Make changes? yes yes
Keep document private? no yes
Appoint someone to execute it? yes yes
Leave final wishes? yes no

What now? Please solicit advice from multiple sources based on various areas of specialization….e.g.: professional insurance/ legal/ tax/ financial planner/ lender/ realty broker/ and even a spiritual advisor. Yes, even your pastor will have great insights to share re: what the rest of us professional see ‘after the fact’. I can’t stress this enough, virtually every family has ‘issues’ when $’s and control come to play.  Many client families I’d never dreamed would have had disagreements have family splits, even when little to nothing was left to disagree over.

Well the key word is ‘now’. Advice & planning is worthless after someone becomes feedback_todo_checklistincapable of handling their affairs, or passes. Review your strategies and go forward. Later, the complexity and expense – financial and emotional – will grow exponentially!

Don’t know where to start? Do the clerical work. Don’t know where that starts? Contact me for assistance.

Our approach will be looking at the bigger picture. You can also begin by sharing you’re thoughts, dreams, needs, goals, and comfort parameters.


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Year-end tip(s):  Update your Assets spreadsheet. Keep a draft of your Trust/ Will documents on a google drive format for easy sharing with your insurance/ legal/ and tax counselors.



SERIES: Your net worth strategy~Another RNW Brokerage Perk: Income Tax Savings.

How much you can SAVE on INCOME TAXES using a REALTY BROKER (us) that gives INCOME & PROPERTY TAX ADVICE in the professional service package & offers ALA CARTE BILLING?


SERIES: Your net worth strategy just changed with the tax law changes. The ‘Portfolio Approach’ has never made more sense than now.AnibalGroupLLC_RealtyNetWorth_tax-savings-with-buy-sell-brokerage

Think about if you have, had, or are considering any of the below?

  • … income property?
  • … a small business or 1099 contract income?
  • … an entity such as S-Corp, LLC, or Partnership?
  • … using property as home office, land storage rental, pole barn use, attached apartment for related/unrelated, or VRBO.com style letting?
  • … college (or other) housing for student/ child?
  • … providing housing for parent?
  • … vacation/ seasonal property that may have mixed rental/ personal use?
  • … relocation related to work?

Here’s an example of what you could save over using another agent/ brokerage who will not be including or offering taxation perspective in how your deal is structured, financed, the timing, how title is held, and other topics from a taxation perspective.*



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* Anibal Group LLC does not offer legal advice. This article is not to be considered advice specific to your situation. Most financial decisions should involve advice from a trusted professional of your choice that will advise on insurance, legal, banking/ lending, structural/ property condition, and other transaction significant matters. We can offer referrals for CPA’s and other professionals.

New Tax Law: Planning Now – before end of 2018

The standard deduction for married couples rises to $24,400, for individuals it increases to $12,200, up $400 and $200, respectively.  That’s the big news (that you’ve already heard). Anibal-Group-LLC-NetWorthBasics-20181109_155508

What now? Well the key word is ‘now’. Tax advice/planning is worthless after Jan. 1. There are many strategies available going forward. But they virtually all require pre end of year planning. Later, you’re basically doing clerical work.

Now, more than ever, we are in an era of ‘portfolio real estate’ approach – looking at the larger picture, considering ‘all the pieces’ to the tax/networth puzzle.

Lets sit down. Tell me you’re long term thoughts, dreams, needs, goals, and comfort parameters.


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Year-end tip:  Statistically holiday season is by far best time to purchase your vacation, investment (hands off managed ‘passive’ or active), retired parental rental, student rental, & flips of any kind be it ‘wholesaling’ or hands-on. Deductions in these areas now became game changers vs the old – mostly gone – ‘itemized deductions’.



1040 Itemizers: Tax laws changed, you’re probably under withheld for 2018

Get answers today.

If you’ve been itemizing, you’re likely in for a surprise. With the new generous near doubling of the ‘standard deduction’, while the tax tables (and your payroll provider) will adjust from a standard deduction perspective, they may miss the fact that you would have ‘extra’ deductions that help out on the 1040.

Its best to estimate now than to get a surprise later.

Get my perspective.


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Michigan Retirement Benefits – what’s taxable?

Here’s a ‘quick n dirty outline’:Anibal-Group-LLC-RealtyNetWorth-Senior_Services_mom-dad-time-to-sell-house

  • “…Retirees born before 1946 are not likely to see any change in the tax treatment of their benefits.
  • Retirees born during the years 1946 through 1952 will only be taxed on benefits that exceed $20,000/single filer or $40,000/joint filers.
  • Retirees born after 1952 will be taxed on all of their benefits until reaching age 67…”

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New Tax Law: Planning Now

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Year-end tip: Your deductions may be worth more this year than next, consider advance paying some deductable expenses.


 


 

When to elect S-Corp status

Whats’ a ‘retroactive election’?

Anibal-Affiliates-RealtyNetWorth-ask-signMost small-business owners and even some tax preparers don’t realize that you can make a retroactive election to be an S-Corp for 2017 if you already have been operating as an LLC all year long. A tax accountant or CPA can help you with the procedure and make reference to the proper revenue procedures to include with your Form 2553. Many believe there is a hard and fast 75-day rule at the beginning of the year to make this election for all of 2017. This is certainly not the case. Talk to your CPA to follow the correct procedure to get a retroactive election accepted.

Year-end tip: Make a retroactive election for your LLC to have an S-Corp for all of 2017, and get your payroll allocation completed before year-end.



 

How to set up a corporation or LLC in Michigan?

When setting up a corporation in Michigan your initial consultation is ALWAYS free and we’ll discuss:



  1. Choose Corporate Name. …
  2. Appoint Registered Agent. …
  3. Set Up Corporate Books. …
  4. Prepare Corporate Bylaws. …
  5. Appoint Corporation Directors. …
  6. Hold First Board of Directors Meeting. …
  7. Issue Company Stock. …
  8. Taxation Related:
    • EIN: Your corporation must obtain a federal employer identification number (EIN).
    • S Corporation Filing: If the corporation wants to elect S corporation status for tax purposes, it must submit Form 2553 Election by a Small Business Corporation (signed by all the shareholders).
    • UIA
  9. Business Licenses: Local DBA’s as needed, etc.
  10. Don’t forget to: File Michigan Annual Report Requirements.


Long term care insurance – do I need it?

Well, after seeing a long time client use over $100,000 worth of LT care this year alone, you Anibal-Affiliates-RealtyNetWorth-Old+People+and+technologymay wish to visit this question closer. Fortunately, they had purchased LT care insurance.

http://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-06-2012/understanding-long-term-care-insurance.html


3 Reasons People Retire Broke

An easy read Dave Ramsey article points out a couple key pointers.woman_piggy_bank_000009343524

  1. Zero % ROI brings in nothing, in fact, inflation will eat it alive. You must invest.
  2. Jumping in or letting panic make you jump out…well, we just hear a sermon on this today. Read all of Mark chapter 13, then realize that there will be ups and downs but don’t run about in sky is falling mode. I know, easier to understand and you get older (ps, I’m older).   http://biblehub.com/mark/13-7.htm
  3. Stupid Decisions. A good read is The Millionare Next Door. Those that stay the course don’t tend to make impulse buys. But on the flip side, if your investment has seen good appreciation, evaluate it for some profit taking. What does that mean ?

When clients accumulate more than one investment property, I show them how they compare against others they own. If they own only one, I’ll give regular feedback on others that are available and how they might compare (ROI). When I was in my 20’s, I was about to make about $10k on a flip that I had $3k into. Dad said, “so you’ll get this much out of it, then rent will stop, and what will you do with the $x’s ?” He’d been trained as a teacher

On-duty

with an Economics masters degree so it was a straight forward question. I’ve used this approach each time I or a client has cleaned up a house. There are +’s and -‘s to a. selling, b. renting it out, c. ?….you get the idea. I prefer to get investors – and home owners as well – thinking more, jumping off cliffs of optimism less. At the same time, if your $50k house bought as a rental has now shot up to $120k in value and we can get that same rent from a another $75k house, well, I can lead you to water but I can’t make you drink.

 

  1. http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/reasons-people-retire-broke?ectid=10.34.637


History of income tax rates

See if you notice any trends. If so, please comment what you see.4372605-Render-Unto-Caesar-Newspaper-ficititious-headlines-about-Income-Tax-Time-Also-includes-image-of-flag-Stock-Photo[1]

History of income tax rates adjusted for inflation (1913–2010)[70][71]
Number of First Bracket Top Bracket
Year Brackets Rate Rate Income Adj. 2016 Comment
1913 7 1% 7% $500,000 $12 million First permanent income tax
1917 21 2% 67% $2,000,000 $36.9 million World War I financing
1925 23 1.5% 25% $100,000 $1.35 million Post war reductions
1932 55 4% 63% $1,000,000 $17.3 million Depression era
1936 31 4% 79% $5,000,000 $85.3 million
1941 32 10% 81% $5,000,000 $80.4 million World War II
1942 24 19% 88% $200,000 $2.9 million Revenue Act of 1942
1944 24 23% 94% $200,000 $2.69 million Individual Income Tax Act of 1944
1946 24 20% 91% $200,000 $2.43 million
1964 26 16% 77% $400,000 $3.05 million Tax reduction during Vietnam war
1965 25 14% 70% $200,000 $1.5 million
1981 16 14% 70% $215,400 $561 thousand Reagan era tax cuts
1982 14 12% 50% $85,600 $210 thousand Reagan era tax cuts
1987 5 11% 38.5% $90,000 $187 thousand Reagan era tax cuts
1988 2 15% 28% $29,750 $59.5 thousand Reagan era tax cuts
1991 3 15% 31% $82,150 $143 thousand Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990
1993 5 15% 39.6% $250,000 $410 thousand Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
2003 6 10% 35% $311,950 $401 thousand Bush tax cuts
2011 6 10% 35% $379,150 $399 thousand
2013 7 10% 39.6% $400,000 $406 thousand American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Pastors look at Social Security

(Good advise for the rest of us too)……

Things You Must Have If You Opt Out

If you are going to opt out, there are some things you must do for the rest of your life from a common sense perspective to make sure you and your family are taken care of. They are things you should be doing anyway, but you definitely should not opt out without having these things in place. Otherwise, you’re signing up for major risks that are just not worth taking.

  • Term life insurance—You must have a level term policy that covers about 10 times your income. (That’s the average amount, but check with a professional who will take factors like age, income and specific aspects into consideration.) That way, if something happens to you, your family will be taken care of. If you die with children under 18, they would receive a Social Security check, so you’ve got to have a life insurance policy in place if you’re going to opt out, and you must keep it—period—because Social Security is not going to be there for your family to count on.
  • Long-term disability insurance—If you become disabled and have opted out, you will not receive anything from the S.S.I. at all. Do not opt out without having a good long-term disability policy in place. Once you have it, keep it!
  • Retirement savings – a 403(b) and Roth IRA—You will not be receiving a Social Security check at retirement if you opt out. So what?! If you take the thousands and thousands of dollars you’d be paying into Social Security and put that into a Roth IRA in a good growth stock mutual fund, you’ll retire with dignity times 20!
  • Long-Term Care Insurance—Dave recommends long-term care insurance the day you turn 60. So if that’s you, add that to your list of must-have coverages!

ACA: Affordable ? Care ?

Affordable Care Act changes for individuals

The individual mandate penalty increases to the higher of 2 percent of yearly household income or $325 person per year, with a maximum penalty per family for those using this method of $975.

New forms to contend with

The Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C, which were optional for calendar year 2014, must be filed by any person that provides minimum essential coverage to an individual

Also, taxpayers must receive a payee statement (1098-T) before they can claim an American Opportunity, Hope, or Lifetime Learning Credit or take the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses