How to Think Intelligently About Taxes: An Interview With CPA and Author Mark Kohler

I’m not saying everyone has to become a real estate tycoon like Donald Trump.
–Mark Kohler

Everyone thinks that their biggest expense each year is their house or their car, but the reality is that for almost everyone, taxes are the biggest expense each year.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Kohler, the author of Lawyers are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets and What Your CPA Isn’t Telling You to talk about how to think about taxes and legal tax avoidance.

In this interview, you’ll find out:

  • 2:30 – What are some of the common tax mistakes that the average investor makes?
  • 6:15 – What are the myths about self-directed IRAs?
  • 11:35 – What are the tax differences between investing in mutual funds and individual stocks?
  • 13:21 – When should I use a CPA to do my taxes as opposed to using software like TaxCut or TurboTax that I can just buy?
  • 17:50 – Most small businesses don’t succeed. What are the tax implications if your startup doesn’t make it?
  • 20:23 – Can you use your small business to help write off travel?
  • 22:22 – Why does Mark think that you should buy one rental property per year?
  • Bonus: How did Mitt Romney get so much money in his IRA? (you’ll have to watch the whole video to find out)

How to Think Intelligently About Taxes: An Interview With Mark Kohler

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Jason Hull was the co-founder of Broadtree Partners, a firm that acquires $1-5MM EBITDA companies. He also was the co-founder of open source search consultancy OpenSource Connections, a premier Solr and ElasticSearch firm. He and his wife FIREd (financial independence retire early) at 46 and 45, respectively. He has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. He held a CFP certification from 2015 - 2021. You can read more about him in the About Page. If you live in Johnson County, Texas or the surrounding areas, he and his wife are cash buyers of Johnson County, Texas houses.

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