- “What is one of the best combinations to get the lowest possible tax bracket?”
- If a person has a W-2 job and is making fairly good money, and has the spouse who manages all of the family rental properties or commercial buildings or handles fix-and-flips or is a real estate agent, this combination of a real estate professional and a W-2 professional or job works really well together in the tax code.
- What that means is is that any losses in the real estate business, including depreciation losses from rental properties, can offset the income of the W-2 person in the household.
Hello everyone; it’s Shauna, the Tax Goddess, here with you today to talk about one of my favorite subjects. I get asked this actually pretty frequently: “What is one of the best combinations to get the lowest possible tax bracket?” Now, if you don’t know, if you’re new to our channel, I love real estate, personally.
I am a big fan of real estate. Commercial, residential, real estate agents, brokers, whatever, fix and flippers. I love real estate, so one of my favorite combinations in the tax code is if you have one spouse that has a W-2 job making fairly good money, and you have the other spouse who manages all of the family rental properties or commercial buildings or handles fix and flips or is a real estate agent or whatever, that combination works really well together in the tax code.
That combination between basically a real estate professional and a W-2 professional or job, those two work really, really well together in the tax code, and the reason why … Let’s take for example real estate. If you are a real estate professional, meaning that you spend more time on real estate than you do in anything else and at least 750 hours a year in real estate, so if you have five rental properties, that’s fairly easy, that person is now considered per the tax code a real estate professional. What that means is is that any losses in the real estate business, including depreciation losses from rental properties, can offset the income of the W-2 person in the household.
We’ve seen cases where the wife is making a W-2 of $150,000 a year, the husband is a real estate professional, and they’re still making cashflow, right? Positive cashflow, we always want positive cashflow, but the depreciation expenses on the family rental properties … I think in this particular case, they had six. Six rental properties’ depreciation almost completely offset the $150,000 worth of W-2, so their net taxable income was something like $15,000. Super, super low. They paid very little tax and it was all above board legal, so this is one of my favorite strategies in the tax code.
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