Posted in Pursuit of Excellence

July 26, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

You don’t have to be Floyd “Money” Mayweather to find yourself in significant tax trouble thanks to self-employment income or a one-time windfall.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming bout against UFC mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who is making his boxing debut, stands to make Mayweather a minimum of $100 million, according to Boxing Scene writer Keith Idec. However, if he meets several of the clauses in his contract, that figure could swell to nearly $400 million.

According to the folks at Law 360, however, at least a portion of that will go toward paying for back taxes. Despite making $700 million during his career, Mayweather has asked for “a short-term installment agreement of under three months” to pay an amount that the Associated Press has pegged at $22,238,255. Reporter Oskar Garcia even posted the Internal Revenue Service lien against Mayweather on Twitter for context: (see article). Back in 2015, Mayweather had earned $250 million in his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Shomari Hearn points out that there are several factors that can make a tax lien that large: Owing more than $22 million for the 2015 tax year means that the amount that’s on the tax lien includes a bunch of penalties and interest charges as well,” he says. “If you underpay your tax liability for self-employment income, you need to cover at least 100% of the expected tax liability for that year or 110% of the previous year’s liability to avoid penalties and interest.”

Hearn notes that self-employed workers or people who come into a windfall (lottery winnings, sale of a business, etc.) typically run afoul of tax issues similar to those Mayweather is facing. If they’re unaware that a percentage needs to be withheld for tax purposes, or are used to any employer or human relations department walking them through tax withholdings, they could find themselves staring down a tax assessment and lien of their own. It’s important to do tax projections to see how much you could potentially pay in taxes, and begin setting aside a portion of your income. If you know funds are going to be coming in then act. If you find yourself in Mayweather’s position then consider these three actions. “First, keep all correspondence you receive from the IRS about how much you owe. Second, hold on to a copy of the tax return from the year or years in question and see what you reported and/or what you’re underreporting. Finally, figure out how much is due and a way to pay that balance off that’s within your budget. Also, if possible, have a plan in place for the current year so your earnings aren’t in similar peril around the same time next year.”  Whether you agree with our current tax system or not, it’s important to pay your taxes and avoid unnecessary penalties and the stress of the IRS. Consider consulting with a tax attorney for relief, and at the same time get with a qualified accountant or tax specialist to see if there’s any way to take advantage of the tax incentives that are built into the law. Personally, I examine at least 50 tax returns per year when I’m analyzing credit. The consistent theme I see is that the truly rich limit their tax liability, and yet still have plenty of income.

Ask any copywriter to name their biggest challenge today, and ten to one will tell you it’s writing for the ever-shrinking attention span. Whether we really do have shorter attention spans than goldfish, as the news tells us, or we’re just lazier, there’s no denying our tolerance for lengthy, complicated text has nosedived in recent years. For those in the business of writing cold emails every day, this is a constant source of frustration. It’s hard enough to get a potential buyer past the subject line of a message, so it’s downright disheartening to know that when you do, there’s no guarantee someone will read to the end. How many of us simply glance at a long email and quickly move on, or sometimes need a dictionary to understand a pitch? Have you ever received an email that felt more appropriate for a creative-writing class than a business relationship? These mistakes aren’t exclusive to sales, but they’ll sabotage a cold email in mere seconds. To keep your potential customers reading and your chances of closing a deal higher, follow these five easy copywriting strategies: Assume  your reader is lazy, keep sentences short, use simple words, tear down walls of text, and write to a mobile audience. As the world transitions to a more visual form of communication, writing will still have value, but writers will need to be able to be more clear and effective with the words they use. In helping a friend design her blog, I even suggested that she simply type a sentence, and include a video link at the bottom. You should understand that because your audience is more mobile, the attention span will be shorter, and you must account for other business owners wanting to make their presence seen in the global marketplace. In your communication keep it short and effective but know your audience. Remember that your words have power, but your reputation does too. The stronger your relationship is with the audience, or your recipient, the more likely the person is to read your words.


Going forward, the weekly blog will be posted on Saturdays. I’m currently writing and reading new articles so thank you for your patience.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

This week, I’ve included RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN – Best Motivational Video for Success in Life & Study 2017 from the Be Inspired YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG



Posted in Pursuit of Excellence

November 16, 2016

Donald Trump has secured the White House and investor attention is quickly turning to finding companies perfectly positioned to profit from his plans. While no one can know for certain what’s in store, Trump’s plans to ramp up infrastructure spending could make this the right time to pick up shares in Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE:CBI), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), and Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF). Trump’s vision for America involves rebuilding bridges, roads, and railroads. It’s estimated that $3.3 trillion is needed to fund this process. Chicago Bridge & Iron has its roots in bridge-building, but the company, which now goes by the name CB&I, has transformed itself into a major player in energy and water infrastructure. This company receives 70% of its revenues from US Projects so it could be a good buy if infrastructure spending increases. Industry watchers target EPS of $4.54 in 2017, and that means that investors can buy shares for less than seven times next year’s estimates. 
Caterpillar’s machines are a staple of construction sites everywhere, but slow global economic growth has caused a downturn in the company’s business over the past few years, and that’s been a drag on its shares. Last quarter, North America sales, which represent about half of the company’s global revenue, fell 20% year over year because of lower infrastructure and mining demand and lower oil prices. If Trump can kick-start U.S. construction activity, then Caterpillar’s North American construction equipment and diesel and natural gas generators revenue should climb. If the company can properly manage its expenses, and its global demand doesn’t decline, then Caterpillar could be a good addition to your portfolio during the Trump presidency. Cliffs Natural Resources is an iron ore company that is the largest producer of iron ore pellets for American steel companies and producers. Over the past year, the company has reduced its debt and cost of goods sold which means a higher net income. The author recommends these stocks, but I encourage you to seek more than one source when adding to your portfolio, and another factor to consider is are you holding to sell or are you holding to hold onto forever? I’d research to see if these stocks are paying a dividend, and if they aren’t what is your exit strategy when you buy this stock? Ultimately ask yourself am I investing for cash flow or capital gains?

Due to the value of the author’s content, there is heavy quotation:

You may dream of having $1 million, but if you got it what would your tax plan be? One school of thought says just get the money and you can figure out what to do then. I reject that idea and I’ll show you why – the goal should be to keep more of what you make. Let’s start by thinking about professional athletes and entertainers, who often come into large sums of money but find themselves in a different situation regarding taxes. If they are considered independent contractors and not employees, then they would receive their million dollars without any taxes taken out. With even more up-front money in gross income, they could end up spending even more money, only to receive a surprise at tax time when they find out how much they still owe.

In the 1980s I met someone whose boyfriend won $4 million in the lottery. He opted to take the payments whereas most people take the lump sum payment. Was that a good idea? Today, if you take the lump sum in a $1 million lottery, your total federal income taxes are estimated at $356,875. Instead, let’s look at what happens if you take the million dollars as 20 payments of $50,000. Your total federal income taxes are estimated at $5,684. You have saved $243,195 over the 20-year period.

Total Winnings  $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Payments 1 20
Paid Out in Year 1  $1,000,000  $50,000
Taxes in Year 1 $356,875.00 $5,684
Total Received in 20 Years $356,875.00 $113,680
Savings $0 $243,195

This example above shows the power of delayed gratification, and at the same time how much taxes can affect the money you receive. When someone says, they make $50,000 a year, ask yourself is this amount gross income, take home (gross profit) or net income? Most of the time the number is gross income. This amount is before taxes and deductions, so your actual take home pay is a lot loss. In the above scenario, if you were given only $4 million to live in, would you be able to manage it properly to grow or would you spend it all? When you’re investing in assets always think of cash flow, and return on investment. How long will it take for me to get my money back when I put it in on an investment? Remember it’s not about how much money you make, it’s about much money you keep and what you do with it afterwards. With a financial checkup, I can help analyze how much your net income is, and I can show you what I look for when it comes to cash flow.

If you need a financial checkup you can reach me in the contact me section.

For this week, I’ve included Marcus Lemonis’s Top 10 Rules For Success from Evan Carmichael’s YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.” Proverbs
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