3 ways I discovered how to reduce my taxes

Reduce my taxes

3 ways I discovered how to reduce my taxes

I remember a few years ago I read this article online that I now cannot find. It was basically an explanation on how the rich pay much less in taxes as a percentage of their income.  I didn’t think too much about trying to reduce my taxes at the time because I had recently graduated university, and was starting my new career in another province.  I had too much to worry about before I could worry about trying to reduce my taxes…like getting enough income to start paying taxes. I thought that would be the best place to start!  But I think it really stuck with me subconsciously because over the next few years I started to think of multiple “hustles” to help reduce my taxes as I felt this could be another avenue for retaining more money.
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9 Great tax deductions for income properties

tax deductions for income properties

9 Great tax deductions for income properties

Tax season is just about over for everyone and I was able to get a pretty nice return thanks to my tax deductions for income properties. You may know by now that I have two income properties. If not, go and read about my first one which became an income property by accident. When you’re done there you can check out my search for a purpose bought income property.  Go ahead! I’ll wait right here!

Why so many income properties?

Well besides the fact they can make you tons money in four different ways, any accountant (always helps to check with an accountant if you’re going this route, they can save you lots of money!) could tell you all about the tax deductions for income properties.  Read more

2016 Q1 Update – The worst increase yet

increase to my net worth

 

So a year has gone by since my first Q1 update and basically since I started this blog. So I’ll be looking back at the entire year to see how I did with my goals.  First a quick recap of the year.

I started this blog in the last few days of March in 2015. I started it with the intention of just getting a creative outlet in my life that I can share some thoughts and stuff on my trips and inspire people to start planning their financial futures a little better and earlier then most start to plan.  That idea turned into more of a focus on personal finance since my personal life took a big turn and I wasn’t in a good place to talk about it, even typing this now is difficult.
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3 quality assets to make you lots of money

Assets

3 Quality Assets to make you lots of money

If you read my article What is net worth and why should I know mine, then you may already be familiar with what assets are because knowing them are essential for determining your net worth.  Assets are simply defined as property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value. Popular forms of assets are houses, vehicles and investment accounts (ie RRSP, TFSA, 401k, etc). Less common assets would be jewelry, art, RVs or other vehicles and high end luxury goods.  We’re going to focus on the popular assets for this article. In particularly money making assets.

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Overspending habits: What do you overspend on?

Overspending Habits

Overspending habits: What do you overspend on?

Most people have shopping habits that they may or may not realize. Breaking these habits may have the potential to save you lots of money because you’re probably overspending. These habits can be broken but breaking them can be mentally tough.

What I mean by mentally tough is that they’re overspending habits that you’ve either grown up seeing or have developed over time without realizing.  For me, it’s buying books. When I first started working I would read a book every week or two, now I’m lucky I have the time to read one a month.  But my biggest issue is that I for some reason don’t walk 4 blocks to go to my city’s public library where they would have the majority of these books to borrow for free. Something which not only benefits me by saving me money, but also walking there would be good exercise and it would reduce waste in the environment. Yet I always go online and order a brand new book for myself that will be read once and sit on a bookshelf for years until I give it away to a friend that may notice it when they visit.

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Lotto max fever: How to spend it all?

Lotto Max Winner

Lotto Max Fever! How would you spend $60 million?

Here in Canada we have two national lotteries. Lotto 649 is the longest running since 1982 in which for $3 you can pick 6 numbers from 1-49 or have them instantly chosen at random for you. The jackpots start at a minimum of $5 million and always have a separate randomly generated number for a guaranteed million dollar payout with each draw.  The second national lottery is called the lotto max jackpot. This lottery costs $5 to pick 7 numbers from 1 to 49 but also generates 2 additional groups of 7 numbers at random for a total of three chances to win.  The jackpot starts at a minimum of $10 million and caps out at $60 million. Once it hits the $50 million mark it adds additional draws of $1 million dollars but these are not guaranteed like the lotto 649 extra draw.

Now these jackpots are nothing compared to the size of the powerball lotteries in the United States, with the most recent mega jackpot in January 2016 reaching over $1.6 BILLION but also Canada has less than a tenth the population when compared to our neighbours to the south and we have a measly Gross Domestic Product(basically the value of all goods and services produced in the country over a year) of $1.827 trillion compared to the US’s $16.77 trillion. Nonetheless, Canadians like they’re lottery playing just as much as the Americans and since Lotto Max’s Friday March 11th $60million dollar jackpot didn’t have a winner Canadians are going to be spending all this week dreaming what if… Read more

Income Properties: 4 ways to make tons of money

Income Properties

So you want to make money with income properties? Here’s 4 ways to do it.

So you want to start investing in income properties now?  Great choice!  Just like investing in the markets, income properties are all about one thing; time in the market. The best time for you to buy is now and the best time for you to sell is a long time away.

Real estate is similar to many investments in the fact that you cannot time the market. Analysts and the general public often get this wrong. Usually when someone does get it right, it was by pure luck and they’ll never be able to duplicate that performance again. In Canada, for example people have been talking about the bubble bursting in Vancouver and Toronto for as long as I can remember but from January 2015 to January 2016 they’ve still increased by 30.9% and 14.2% respectively.

4 ways to make money in real estate

It’s been any day now for those bubbles to burst for over a decade and they’re still booming. This brings me to the first way to make money with income properties.
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Income Tax season: Is it really that scary?

Income Tax

Is income tax season as scary as they want us to believe?

Spoiler alert: Nope!

Well it’s the end of February and I’m starting to hear all of the usual ads on the radio when I’m driving anywhere now. Even on TV you’ll see a few of them. They’re all reminding you of the same thing and trying to tell you that you need a professional’s help.  They’re all about tax season! With Canada’s personal income tax deadline coming up on April 30th, 2016 I’m going to tell you why you don’t have much to worry about and why you should file your taxes yourself.

Judging by all the commercials I hear on the radio you’d think filing taxes was the hardest thing in the world.  These commercials like to emphasize that if you don’t get it right the government is going to come after you for more money.  Sometimes they’ll use terms you might not be completely familiar with like deductions, tax credits, or audits.

I think a lot of people are under the impression a lot of these tax preparation places employ accountants and highly trained professionals that know the income tax structure inside and out.  Unfortunately this is about the furthest thing from the truth. Read more

Falling oil prices: Is this the end?

The End of Falling Oil Prices

If you read my last post about Canadian investors losing faith you probably know that I’ve been waiting to see an end to the falling oil prices.  I live in the province of Alberta in Canada and it’s basically a petroleum province.  A large percentage of Albertans are employed directly through the oil and gas companies or their service companies like construction, or drilling. Pretty much the rest of them are employed indirectly by working at the banks and car dealerships to help flood the province with jacked up rig rockets…Oh and feeding us, they feed us too…

What’s a Rig Rocket you might be wondering? 

Well since you’re clearly not from Alberta with that question, here’s an example.

Falling Oil prices

Rig Rocket – A lifted truck with HID headlights, running boards, questionable stickers and a chip that “totally makes 750hp Bro!”.

But Rig Rockets have nothing to do with falling oil prices, if anything they’re helping get rid of the oversupply!

On to the real topic of falling oil prices!

Since oil prices started to fall a little over 18 months ago jobs in Alberta have been dropping faster than Donald Trump supporters should be (how does his rating not drop with every public appearance?). By the end of August 2015 Alberta had lost 63,500 jobs and i hasn’t stopped there with Husky and Cenovus  letting go a few hundred more this past week.

Needless to say when news of a recent meeting between Saudi Arabia and Russia over oil productions flooded social media earlier this week a lot of people were getting excited.  They can’t possibly be meeting to let each other know that they’re increasing production, right? Well no, they were talking about maintaining current production levels.  Which could be great but I don’t think it will be all sunshine and rainbows any time soon.  These talks came with several strings attached and here’s my thoughts on them:

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Canadian Investors losing faith!?

Canadian Investors losing faith

Ohh hey there fellow Canadian Investors!

(and non Canadian investors alike! but this post is geared slightly more towards the Canadians. Sorry!)

Hope I haven’t kept you waiting too long! I’ve been under a rock these last few months hiding from the falling Canadian stock market. I haven’t been hiding by myself either, according to the Financial Post Canadian investors haven’t been feeling this worried since the financial crisis in 2008.

Canadian Investors losing faith

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