I just got back from Memphis, Tennessee where I had a great three days there. We had a two-day event. The first day was all about education, getting to know new things about things related to real estate and real estate investing and taxes and whatnot. Then we had a great networking event that evening where I got the opportunity to meet a lot of investors from all around. In fact, we had one person there from Australia, we had a couple there from Hawaii, and it was fun. These people are there to learn and they’re people who listen to this podcast and it was just a lot of fun to meet people who listen to and from their drive to work. It’s great to put faces and names to people who are out there listening and educating themselves, learning to better their financial future and create financial freedom for themselves. That first day was all about education, the evening was all networking. We got to sit around and have something to eat and have a few drinks and just overlook the Mississippi River. It was just a great time.
The second day was all about a property tour. We got to go around the Memphis market, learn about various neighborhoods, get to see properties at different stages of the game; some being pre-renovation, some of them being in the middle of renovation, some of them having completed renovation. It was an exciting event. Then we had some more networking after that. It was great two and a half days of mingling and meeting other real estate investors.
One of the things we got talking about there was taxes and taxation and whatnot. The question comes up, “Why do people hate paying taxes?” One reason is because they just simply don’t understand them. Albert Einstein said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” Aside from that, we just simply don’t like to pay any more than we have to. Some people feel that there is an obligation to pay, but at the same time I think you have an obligation to learn how to reduce, minimize or even eliminate the taxes that you pay when the opportunity is there. The thing is you may not know what opportunities exist because it’s just a simple matter of honest ignorance. I always say that ignorance is expensive, but knowledge leads to increased wealth and the ability to lower your taxes. If you don’t, you would think that your tax adviser would be well-educated on this stuff, but that’s just simply not the case as you’re going to learn today with my guest Bruce Jones.
I had a great interview with Bruce. Something that he’s going to share a few things actually are things that I’ve looked at in the past but never quite completely grasped because it’s just what most financial planners and advisers don’t really know or understand. This is a great episode and there’s some stuff that we’re going to talk about today that might go over your head. Don’t let that get you lost just because we’re getting deep in the weeds. You could always go back and listen to this episode over again, or better yet, you can just contact Bruce and his team and learn more about it. It’s just free education.
If you missed our last episode, be sure to listen to Sheltering Your Rental Income from Taxes.
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