Loopholes of the Rich: How the Rich Legally Make More Money and Pay Less Tax (Rich Dad's Advisors series)

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In easy-to-follow and straightforward language, this invaluable guide teaches business owners how to pay only what taxes are due to the governmentÐand save the rest. By learning the rules that the wealthy play by, business owners can take advantage of legal tax deductions to cut their annual tax payments.
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In easy-to-follow and straightforward language, this invaluable guide teaches business owners how to pay only what taxes are due to the governmentÐand save the rest. By learning the rules that the wealthy play by, business owners can take advantage of legal tax deductions to cut their annual tax payments.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446678322
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Rich Dad's Advisors Series
  • Edition description: WARNER BK
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Chapter 1


"First, I want to go through the first five steps of wealth creation," I said as I began my first meeting with Ted and Ellen. "And there is good news-you've already handled some of the steps. Plus, even better news-you have the opportunity to maximize what you already have going for you by identifying what you're doing right and learning from that when we go through the first five steps.

"We're going to go through some basic fact-finding questionnaires and review your past tax returns," I continued. "I must warn you, some of this may be uncomfortable. But it's important that you're honest with yourself because that is the only way to truly make a positive change."

The three of us then reviewed the STEPS program that we use in my CPA firm. The acronym STEPS stands for five different parts of the program. Following is the information we provide to new clients.

Five STEPS to Financial Freedom Program

Success leaves a trail. One of the easiest ways to have your own success is to follow where others have gone before. We all have different goals and come from different circumstances, but there are five basic steps that will ensure the best possible results for everyone, no matter where you are now. These five STEPS are:

S Starting Point

T Team

E Evaluation/Strategy

P Plan and Path

S Starting Point (reevaluation)


First, you need to know where you are. It's like having to get on the scales before you start a new diet. You might not want to really know what the numbers say. But you do need to know your starting point. That's just how it is for your financial plan. Your best results will come when you can take a realistic look at where you are financially-without excuses, blame, or justifications. Find out where you are, so you can plot an accurate course to where you want to be!


After you have a good idea of where you are, you will need to start to think about the members you need for your financial team. Most likely, the main members of your team initially will be advisors, educators, and mentors. But your team can also include customers, clients, vendors, business alliances, and friends, among others. You can make conscious choices about the members of your team. You can learn how to evaluate what you need and how these people will fit into your plan. Finally, you can recognize the hidden influences they have on decisions you have made and will make in the future.


After you know where you are and begin to assemble your team, it is time to call on your advisors to help you evaluate where you are and design a personalized strategy for you to achieve your goals. No one team member-your tax strategist, bookkeeper, legal counsel, or financial planner-will make all of the decisions. It is through the cooperative work of your whole team that you will receive the best advice and plan creation.


After S, T, and E, you now need to move forward on the path and implement the strategy designed. This can be the hardest part as you move into previously unknown financial waters. You will want to make sure that the team you have in place has experience in the necessary areas and can give you good advice based on their own personal education, experience, and special skills.


You've taken the first four steps and now you need to again evaluate where you are. Just like a rocket going to the moon needs continual calculations to keep it on its path, you must constantly evaluate where you are and where you are going to ensure that you reach your goals.

By taking the time to thoughtfully consider where you are and where you've come from, you put yourself in a position to achieve the optimum results.

These five STEPS to financial freedom can start you and your family on the path to financial freedom today.

What Would Financial Freedom Mean to You?

After you go through the first five STEPS, you are ready to go on to the Three Step Tax Formula. This is actually a very easy formula used to calculate taxes, and you will learn how to control each aspect. You will learn how to pick the right business structure for you, the secrets of tax planning E-T-C, the traps of C corporations (and how to avoid them), advanced tax strategies, and, perhaps most importantly, how to protect what you have.

Upon hearing this brief outline, Ted and Ellen enthusiastically made a commitment to the program and we agreed to meet every month to examine their progress.

S Is for Starting Point

"The first letter S stands for Starting Point," I began our first program meeting. "In other words, realistically speaking, where are you financially right now? This can be the most difficult step you take in pursuing your financial dreams. You must have true courage to face the reality of what the numbers will say about where you are right now. In many ways, your financial statement is the report card for your financial life. Remember that this is a necessary first step and its only purpose is to determine the starting point. It doesn't have to be a portent for the rest of your life. To change, though, you must first know where you are.

"Through many years of working with clients, I have realized that it is easy to put off the work you need to do to pull together your first financial statement. There are always emergencies to deal with-and many of them are financial in nature. To avoid having to constantly deal with those financial emergencies, you must change how you view your finances. To do that, you need to be able to step back and truly see where you are. If you care about better results for you and your family, this is the most important step you can take."

T Is for Team

"Only after you have a good idea of where you are and where you are going, can you start putting together your plan for your team. Most likely, the main members of your team initially will be advisors, educators, and mentors. But team members can also include customers, clients, vendors, business alliances, and friends, among others. It also includes family members. Now, there are some limits to how much you decide to change your team. I don't know how practical it would be to try to find a new family," I said, as Ted and Ellen chuckled.

"But it is good to recognize the hidden influences they had into decisions you have made and will make in the future. The most important part of Team is the conscious choices you will be able to make about the type of advisors, educators, and mentors you need. You will learn how to evaluate what you need and how they will fit into your plan."

"I know that people around us have a lot of influence," interjected Ellen.

"I never thought about consciously choosing who they would be."

"Ellen, the most important part to remember is that the members of your team will help you or harm you as you follow your own financial path. It is vital that you look at them and their prospective role with wide open eyes," I said.

E Is for Evaluation/Strategy

"The most accomplished navigators know that you need two crucial facts- where you are and where you want to be-to know how to set a course," I continued explaining to Ted and Ellen. "In financial matters, it can become more complicated, as it might not be clear what you need to do to get from point A to point B. You have to be able to evaluate the various tools, methods, and advisors to determine how they will work to help you achieve your personal goals. This program will teach the difference between merely buying a financial-planning product, and designing a strategy and then determining which financial-planning products to buy. With the knowledge of how you are going to move from where you are to where you want to be, you can make intelligent, thoughtful decisions about the best products to buy, the best advisors to add to your team-and, thus, reach your goals much more quickly."

"Wait a minute!" exclaimed Ted. "That's what I want you for-to tell me what to do and then I'll just go do it."

"I understand, Ted. In fact, all of this information and preparation can seem overwhelming. The best way I can explain it is by telling a story I first heard told by Stephen Covey.

"The story begins with a group of workers deep in the jungle given the task of forming a pathway. They organize and make good progress. At some point, one of the leaders dispatches a man up a tree to determine how much farther they need to go. The lookout climbs up a tall tree-higher and higher-until he can see over the jungle canopy. He looks from side to side clinging to his precarious perch. Meanwhile, the men below keep working assiduously at clearing the brush. The lookout's voice pierces down through the canopy to the men below. He yells, 'Stop! Wait a minute!' The men keep working under the urging of their leader. The lookout again calls out, 'Stop!'

"Finally, the leader shouts back, 'Be quiet! We're making great progress!'

"The lookout's voice then calls out, 'Wrong jungle!'"

As Ted and Ellen smiled, I explained, "The point is you need to know where you are and where you're going. Plus, you need to have the strategy mapped out. Otherwise, your hard work may be taking you in the wrong direction.

"When you know where you are and where you want to be, you can design the pathway that is right for you. You can get help along the way, but no one will ever know your own unique situation as well as you do and, frankly, no one will ever care as much as you do. Do you really want to turn over the planning of your life to someone else?" I asked.

"I guess I see your point," said Ted. "But we just have so little time now. How can we make enough time to do all this planning?"

"That's the one piece of good news that I can give you," I assured him.

"Our firm has done this for a lot of years and has streamlined the process. The Five STEPS to Financial Freedom are admittedly harder the first time through, but then it becomes second nature to you. And, in fact, it will be exciting to you as you achieve good results."

P Is for Plan and Path

"None of this means a thing without taking action to implement the strategy," I went on. "This is probably the second biggest stumbling block, behind failing to first get a strategy, that I see clients run into. It's scary to try something new and, in addition, there is a point where you might have a lot of great ideas but not have a clue about where to start. That's a large distinction between our firm and others-we specialize in implementation (action). We'll go through the steps necessary to put your plan into place.

"But no matter who you choose to have on your team, this is the point where you need to rely on your advisors. They need to understand your goals and have the experience of achieving the same goals for other clients.

You will be moving into uncharted waters for you. Make sure you have an experienced guide along for the ride!"

S Is for Starting Point-Again (Reevaluation)

"Finally, reevaluation is necessary to determine where you are now after you have designed and implemented your own Evaluation/Strategy and Plan and Path. I have a view of the world that I call the bumper car analogy.

Remember when you used to go the fair and ride on the bumper cars?" I asked Ted and Ellen. They quickly nodded their heads.

"You never quite knew when someone was going to run into you or where they were going to come from. They might be specifically targeting you or they might just be trying to follow their own path and you happened to get in their way. Well, that's how I choose to view the world. There are six billion people in bumper cars and most of them are going somewhere. They may not have a specific goal in place. They may just be traveling in circles.

And there are some that decide they are going to target you. But the fact is that you are going to collide with many of these six billion bumper cars as you are trying to follow your own path. You are going to get knocked off your path. That means that you can't continue on the same line you had drawn originally. You need to constantly be reevaluating where you are. Plus, you might find as you move toward your goal that it is no longer exactly what you want. So, point B (your destination) can change. As your goals change, your strategy and your team need to adapt. You may need to make changes in your team. Therefore, it is necessary to again look at the first four steps. The quicker you can reevaluate, and do it without regrets, blame, or justification, the faster and better your results will be.

"Well, that's the initial phase of the plan. What do you th-?" I hadn't even finished the question before both Ted and Ellen jumped in with enthusiastic responses.

Copyright (c) 2001 by Diane Kennedy, C.P.A.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Introduction: The Rules Have Changed xxv
Part I The Five Steps to Financial Freedom
Chapter 1 The Five Steps 3
Chapter 2 Starting Point 11
Chapter 3 Team 29
Chapter 4 Evaluation/Strategy 49
Chapter 5 Plan and Path 75
Chapter 6 Starting Point (Reevaluation) 79
Part II The Three Step Tax Formula
Chapter 7 The Three Step Tax Formula 89
Chapter 8 Income 95
Chapter 9 Expenses 107
Chapter 10 Rate 127
Part III Picking the Right Business Structure
Chapter 11 Business Structures 135
Chapter 12 The Right Business Structure for Tax Planning 143
Chapter 13 The Right Business Structure for Money In and Money Out 151
Chapter 14 The Right Business Structure for Asset Protection 161
Chapter 15 How to Identify Your Best Business Structure 169
Part IV Tax Planning E-T-C
Chapter 16 Tax Planning E-T-C 179
Chapter 17 Entity Selection 181
Chapter 18 Timing 187
Chapter 19 Characterization 191
Part V C Corporations
Chapter 20 Special Rules for C Corporations 197
Chapter 21 Getting Your Money Out of a C Corporation 217
Chapter 22 Use of Nevada Corporations 221
Chapter 23 Traps of C Corporations 229
Chapter 24 Double Taxation 233
Chapter 25 Controlled Group 239
Chapter 26 Personal Service Corporation 245
Chapter 27 Personal Holding Company 251
Chapter 28 Accumulated Earnings Tax 255
Part VI Keeping It Legal and Safe
Chapter 29 Protect What You Have 263
Chapter 30 How to Reduce Risk of an IRS Audit 271
Chapter 31 How to Reduce Risk from an IRS Audit 275
Appendix A IRS Principal Business and Professional Activity Codes 285
Appendix B 300+ Business Deductions 304
Appendix C Tax Strategy Examples for Multilevel Marketing Business Owners 318
Appendix D Sample Forms 326
Worksheet: Brother-Sister Controlled Group Test 327
Worksheet: Tax Calculation for Members of a Controlled Group 328
Certified Copy of Resolutions to Liquidate the Corporation 329
Educational Assistance Program Forms 330
Suggested Record Retention List 335
Medical Reimbursement Plan 336
Cash-on-Cash Analysis 338
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    This Rating Relates to eBook Version

    The authors of the eBook version do not allow loaning, giving, printing, copying or 'reading aloud'. Nor do they make the buyer aware of this prior to purchase. By not providing the 'giving' option, you can not move this book to a different computer. So, if your computer dies, so does the book. Without the 'reading aloud' capability, the visually impaired will have a difficult time reading this book. Do not purchase the Adobe eBook version of this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Straightforward information on common tax risks and opportunities

    This clearly written book offers a handy guide to tax strategy for the rich and for those who hope to be rich. Author Diane Kennedy, a certified public accountant, provides basic information on common tax risks and opportunities. Without using burdensome jargon, she explains the fundamentals of financial reports and record keeping. Her approach is commonsense and straightforward she doesn¿t make outrageous promises or exotic, inapplicable recommendations. The title is slightly misleading. This book is not really about loopholes, but rather about sound planning and management - especially for business owners. It does get into the minutiae of tax law, which is subject to change, so some of the details may have a short shelf life, and much of the advice will have little applicability outside of the United States. Nonetheless, we recommend this basic guide to anyone who needs a fundamental introduction to personal financial and tax management in the U.S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Money Well Spent!

    Diane truly covered the necessary tips of learning how to make your money work for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    If you pay taxes, you MUST read this book.

    Think only the rich get money off on their taxes? Perhaps you don't even know what a loophole really is! Well if you pay taxes at all, you must read this book. Taxes are the single largest expense that you have (add them all up for yourself and see) and this book clearly explains what you can do to reduce that burden. All those money saving things that you have been doing (from clipping coupons, driving farther to get cheaper gas, finding the best deals on business supplies, etc., etc., etc.) will be unneccesary once you've read this book. It's not just about how much you make, it's about how much you actually get to keep. I highly recommend this book. It will really open your eyes to taxes, how they work, and what you can legally do about them. It will really change your mind about where your money saving priorities should REALLY lie. I only wish I had read it 10 years ago!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    Great books!!!

    All of Robert's books are great!!! He really gets into details and explains himself clearly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2001

    Solid, Simplified Advice!

    Review Summary: The hardest thing for you to find is simple advice about which financial structure to use for self-employment and small business activities and how to balance cutting taxes, having flexibility, and avoiding asset exposure. This book is the best simple version of how to do all of this I have seen. You will obviously need experts to help you do your planning to match your needs, but this book will prepare you to work knowledgeably with those experts. Over a career as a small business owner, this book may be the most valuable one you will ever read. Review: I am a big fan of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and wrote a review of that book that caused me to get a lot of e-mails asking tax-related questions. I am delighted to see this book because it means that those who wonder how developing passive income can cut taxes can start to understand why that occurs. 'Loopholes . . . are government incentives.' For many years, Congress has provided tax incentives to encourage certain kinds of business development and investing. As a small business owner, you have the opportunity to benefit from some of those incentives, legally and morally. This book will be most valuable for those who know little about the structure of the income-tax code and regulations, how property is protected against legal suits, and ways of creating financial flexibility. The tools you can use differ from year to year, as the rules change. This book is good for explaining the general concept of how these rules usually work. It also tells you what kinds of advice and expertise you need from others. Most people don't know where to start, and this book gives you a step-by-step process to assess where you are today, get the resources you need to help, evaluate a potential strategy, create a plan to implement a strategy, and monitor how well your strategy is working and whether you need to make any changes or not. There is a tendency for popular books about business and investing to overpromise what can be accomplished. I thought that Ms. Kennedy avoided that problem. Based on my understanding of these issues, she describes things accurately and appropriately. When she gets into more problematical areas like VEBA, her cautions are well-stated and complete. I have heard many people try to explain these concepts simply, and her explanation is the briefest, accurate one it has been my pleasure to read. Knowing more detail will not help you all that much. The main drawback of the book is that it doesn't go into enough detail about the advantages of real estate investing. Rich Dad, Poor Dad makes quite a point about how taxes paid can be low on such businesses. Basically, the answer is that you get to charge off part of your investment as an expense (depreciation) and that there are special incentives for specific classes of real estate that reduce tax bills even more. So I expect that I will still get e-mails about why Mr. Kiyosaki is so positive on real estate businesses. After you finish reading and applying this book, I suggest that you think about how your family life should be structured for optimum happiness. If you think about that subject as much as you do the structure of your finances, you will truly be wealthy in all the ways that count. Live life with rich spirituality! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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