2018 Tax Update w/ [Commentary]

Part 2 here

The maximum contribution for 401(k) plans is rising to $18,500 in 2018, up from $18,000 in 2017 — this also applies to 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan. The catch-up contribution for those age 50 and up remains $6,000 for all of these plans.

Who Qualifies for a Roth

The IRS also increased the maximum earnings allowed by those who can a Roth IRA  to $120,000 to $135,000 for singles and heads of household, and $189,000 to $199,000 for married couples filing jointly; these ranges are $2,000 and $3,000 higher than 2017 respectively.

[I personally don’t like these QRPs or qualified retirement plans (Roth-IRA, Solo 401ks, etc) if you are an active real estate investor. If you are conservatively using prudent leverage and finding decent deals there is no reason you should not be able to retire in 10 years or less and thus negating the very reason for these accounts. 

When you have money in these accounts it sounds good that you are not taxed on gains but you are restricted from getting a Fannie Mae loan. Using the QRP loans get you the second tier financing options, for example, a Roth IRA can buy real estate on leverage, however, will need a non-recourse loan which is often a fraction high-interest rate and lower LTV. No Bueno!

Caveat: If you are late to the game and already have a fat 401k then you should convert it to a solo401k. At that point, you should think about putting it into a syndication since you are restricted on how you can leverage it.]

Transit and Parking

The other types of benefit that has changed is pre-tax payments for transit passes and parking fees; it’s risen by $5 a month, to $260 a month. [These are the scarcity mindset things that are confusing]

Otherwise, other changes for 2018 include deductions, exemptions and income tax credits.

Source: Forbes

Source: Forbes

Source: Forbes

Source: Forbes

Student Loans

The maximum deduction for interest on student loans remains $2,500. Eligibility for the deduction starts phasing out with individual incomes surpassing $65,000 and joint return incomes exceeding $135,000. Taxpayers become completely ineligible when they pass $80,000 and $165,000 respectively.

Deductions in 2018

Single taxpayers and married couples filing separately get a standard deduction of $6,500 in 2018, up from $6,350 in 2017.

The standard deduction is $13,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $12,700 in the prior year; and for heads of households, the standard deduction is $9,550, up from $9,350 in 2017.

The standard deduction for a taxpayer who can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer is a maximum of whichever figure is greater: $1,050 or $350 plus the dependent’s earned income.

The additional standard deduction for the aged and blind is $1,300. The additional standard deduction for unmarried taxpayers is $1,600.

[Expenses for your real estate business are above the line expenses Whoohoo]

Penalties [A cost of doing business]

This year’s penalties for not having health insurance — and not having a waiver or exemption — remains the same as 2017: 2.5% of your adjusted gross income, or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, up to a maximum of $2,085, whichever is higher.

The IRS continues to impose the penalty of revoking passports for anyone with serious tax delinquencies, and the threshold for that is $51,000 in tax year 2018. [For many of you have that have visions of living abroad parts of the year]

Estate and Gift Taxes

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the amount of money that married couples can pass to each other without taxes goes up to $5.6 million per individual, up from $5.49 million in 2017. Note that the term estate tax is often misunderstood by the media to include heirs other than children when that isn’t always the case.

[Things that I ponder for myself is if I should put more money into my Health Saving Account. I believe you are going to have health expenses before you ever spend a retirement dollar so you should fill this bucket first. I don’t screw around with any Qualified Retirement Plans] 

Podcast#62 – Fundamentals – 3 Things to do this summer for your rentals

Ask assistance from your property manager for your tenants about lease option. An option for the tenant to purchase the home.
$100 or $5000 lease option fee. A win-win for yourself as a home owner and for the tenant.

Hi property manager,

With the summer coming up and rent up season approaching I was wondering if you would be able to ask every one of my tenants if they were interested in purchasing the home via lease option.. Here is an idea on how to have a conversation about the proposition..

1) Praise the tenant for a good track record.. And let them know we are looking to create a win-win situation.

2) Ask if they would like to own their own home one day.. This also provides us information on if we need to plan for vacancy.

3) Present the lease option deal idea, if the rent is 1000, ask to raise the price to 1100 (+100) and 50 dollars goes to a deposit account and 50 goes as a fee as a deposit.

We can work on the exact contract with a lawyer. This is offer is not for everyone but is ideal for someone who has to recover from bankruptcy and/or has a credit score improving… Once they are signed on with the lease option this should greatly eliminate service calls making your job easier… Also when we sell you will be the agent on record on can have the commission$… Please report back on the following within the next month after you have had a brief conversation with the tenant: 123 Main Street:

1) Interested in buying this home? if not why/when? any issues with current living conditions? 2) What are their barriers to a lease option? (credit score, job/location stability) —

2) What are their barriers to a lease option? (credit score, job/location stability) —

3) Present the lease option deal idea, if the rent is 1000, ask to raise the price to 1100 (+100) and 50 dollars goes to a deposit

 

Are we in a Recession?

Many of you have been hearing me show my frustrations over the lack of deals since we are in a seller’s market. I don’t have the answers but I do ask the right questions… and that question is are we ‘already in a recession’?

Recessions are loosely defined as two-quarters of stagnant GDP growth. I don’t really know what goes into those numbers but I can tell you that the explosive rent growth in markets like Dallas are starting to stagnant (still increasing though).

Take a look at these articles and email me your feedback (Lane@simplepassivecashflow.com) also, check out simplepassivecashflow.com/fund for the soon to be opening hedge fund of direct investments in stabilized and value-add SFH and MFH… invest in everyday housing with the increasing American population.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-11/restaurant-sales-traffic-tumble-industry-hasnt-reported-positive-month-february-2016

[Americans are minimizing discretionary spending on Main Street]

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-10/us-weeks-away-recession-according-latest-loan-data
[The real Americans are decreasing their home purchasing]

Everyone talks about every 8-12 years we are due for another correction. There is some validity to it, however, the past does not predict the future.

Today is a different day with the internet product cycles are compressed and this helps smooth out market fragmentation. Unfortunately fear and greed make up a large portion of stock evaluations which is extremely difficult to model or predict.

Source: http://www.moneyballeconomics.com/how-far-along-we-are-in-the-current-business-cycle/

Podcast #59 – Interview – Amy Wan – Advises on syndication/crowdfunding law & fights for the bootstrap entrepreneur

 

-family has RE background

-did private money loans, fundrise e-reit
-was GC of a private money online lender
-now, does the equity piece as well with Trowbridge sidoti
-turnkeys, but just started a company that’ll help RE syndicators, so the money is going towards that.
-Recently invested in a business coach that is providing great accountability mechanisms. I just started using productivity planner + 5 minute journal.
-Follow the money (instead of wasting time on little things), my life mission is to democratize law for the people, but it has to be substantial improvement. I’m not happy with the way law is practice today and how attorneys and clients are supposed to interact.

Here is my best attempt at explaining this… An accredited investor is a defined by the United States Securities & Exchange Commission as someone who makes a minimum of $200,000 ($300,000 if filing jointly) or has a net worth of 1 million dollars excluding personal residence. The significance of being an accredited investor is that you can invest in things that those with less money, cannot. You can also be something called “a sophisticated investor” which has a much more nebulous definition but essentially says you know what you are doing even if you don’t have that much money.

These laws were put in place long ago to “protect” the average person from predatory activity. The irony of this all is that there is no protection for the average Joe, or pension funds for that matter, against investing in a wildly bloated stock market at record valuations. Every major trader out there knows we are in a bubble but there is no protection for individuals dumping money into their retirement accounts to buy mutual funds.

It’s an archaic system which makes little sense. Certainly, there has been some recognition of this fact. The 2012 JOBS act made it easier for Main Street America to participate in “alternative” investments via crowdfunding and made it easier for sponsors to advertise previously unknown opportunities. However, we have a long way to go.

I would advise you that you need to know the lead syndicator personally. None of this “we met at a local REIA and he pitched me his deal”. If a guy does not have a list of solid investors they must lack the track record.

Contact info:
Crowdfundinglawyers.net
Amywanlaw.com
@amyywan

 

Podcast#55 – Fundamentals – Ask Lane – U Haul Crane Report, Turnkey Apartments, Clay Pipes

Van lines and U-haul report
Similar to how there are turnkey providers for single family that manage everything, is there anything similar for multi family/apartments? spring lake plumbing and tv clay pipes
http://assets.rlb.com/production/2016/06/22082434/RLB-Crane-Index%C2%AE-North-America-January-2016-1.pdf
https://www.google.com/search?q=Rider+Levett+Bucknall+North+American+Crane+Index&oq=Rider+Levett+Bucknall+North+American+Crane+Index&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.343j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

I was having a lot of trouble with the plumbing getting clogged up in this particular property. Especially when it rained.

Come to find out the roots outside the home were growing in the pipes. These pipes were made out of clay and the roots like to find the water source and break the pipes. The solution is to get a Backhoe and operator for half the day to dig up the old pipes and replace with PVC. Where did I get this info??? My day job as an engineer 😛

 

Podcast#54 – Fundamentals – Debt Deal vs Equity Deal

Debt deal typically has less risk but less reward. Below are a couple of my guys (below) who lent money to as the Private Money Lender are sure happy after their hard work and risk. Lucky guys! They sold for $15,000 over anticipated. But for me as the debt investor, I saw no equity upside.

Equity deals have a lot more options on how returns are paid out. You partake in the upside returns and downside risks.

Well, at least the bought be dinner while I was in town.

 

 

 

Open post

American Home Preservation (AHP) looking to close on their biggest pool of 799 homes

American Home Preservation (AHP) is a sponsor of the Simple Passive Cashflow Podcast. But more importantly, I personally invest money in the fund. It literally pays my car lease!

Watch 40-minute webinar here:

Highlights of the investment

  • You are helping people stay in their homes as AHP buys the loans from the banks and attempts to structure a more manageable payment schedule for the existing homeowner
  • AHP pays 12% a year. You get 1% every month like clockwork
  • I use it as an “Opportunity Fund” holding tank because of the liquidity
  • The interface is sleek… check it out

You can start with $100 bucks and then you can incrementally increase your investment however you want.

InvestinAHP.com

 

Podcast #052 – Fundamentals – Caeli Ridge – All About Financing Single Family Homes with Government Subsided Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Loans

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mae Loans currently at 10 loans or 10 golden tickets
Some Credit Unions have portfolio loans but its all going back to the Government
As of 4/2017 – 0 to 6 rentals is in one book (guidelines) 7-10 is in the other book
1) Credit Score – 720 or greater in spots 7-10
2) Assets – Liquid and Non-Liquid for downpayment (must be sourced and seasoned 2-months liquid) and cash reserves needs 1-6 liquid or non liquid for subject property needs to show 6 months PITI plus 2 months for each other property in addition. For property 7-10 you need 6 months PITI for all properties
3) Dept to Income (DTI) – 50%
We get to use 75% of the supposed rents as income in DTI
LOE – Letter of Explanation
Price adjustments
30 day rate lock
Timing the appraisal
Portfolio loans
Delayed Financing